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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.

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Mr. Watson?

Did the telephone company send the lady with exhibits to the school or is that the teacher? In my school, the teachers conducted telephone education but all our props were flimsy cardboard.

With a name such as Graham, you were the obvious choice to assist in telephonic pedagogy.

[A link to this page just appeared in the Yahoo Group TCI--Telephone Collectors International, so this page will probably experience a temporary bump in traffic.]

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.

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