During a clear out of the of the Chemistry Department’s storage area at St Andrews University, a very old and tattered rolled up wall chart was discovered. It turned out to be one of the earliest examples of a teaching periodic table of the elements, dated to between 1879 and 1886. This is consistent with a receipt recording the purchase of an 1885 table by Thomas Purdie, then Professor of Chemistry, from the German catalogue of C Gerhardt of Bonn for the sum of 3 Marks in October 1888.
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