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KinderPhone: 1958

KinderPhone: 1958

Kentfield, California 1958. Kindergarten class learning the finer points of the desktop telephone circa 1890s. Yours truly displaying said device. View full size.

Miss Landers?

This is just about the happiest teacher I've ever seen other than Beaver Cleaver's Miss Landers. The kids must be geniuses to understand, in kindergarten, the inner mechanisms of a dial telephone as even at my advanced age, I really don't know how the things work. The modern art on the wall really is quite profound and could be the envy of many professional artists. "Yours truly" does appear a bit nervous but is doing a good job displaying the visual aids. This is a great photo for one's memory book. Thanks for the trip back.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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