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Gordon R. Meyer
Telephones and rifles, oh my
The fun Retronaut blog features two interesting examples of instructional design. The first is a series of ads from the mid 1900s that teach telephone technique and etiquette. Including tips about needing to hang up the receiver at the conclusion of a call, and how to politely deal with wrong numbers. (Oh, if only that were followed today.)
Also of note is a 1968 comic book that teaches soldiers how to operate and maintain their M16 rifle. Illustrated by the legendary Will Eisner.