The following description was prepared by William Gross:
Literacy has always been a primary goal for Jews throughout the Diaspora. Even during he dark ages the knowledge of reading and writing was maintained. The study of the Holy texts was impossible without these skills and such study was the goal of every Jewish male. Education began at an early age. There are many books and single sheets in the Gross Family Collection that are testimony to the efforts made for teaching.
The Hebrew Publishing Company was for many years in the first decades of the 20th century a primary publisher of Hebrew texts and generally printed items for Jewish life. This printing plate of the Hebrew Alphabet was used in a bochure for the teaching of Hebrew, published by the Hebrew Publishing Company in 1931. A copy of that printing is in the Gross Family Collection, 128.011.044.