SHORPY Historic Photo Archive & Fine-Art Prints
The Shorpy Archive
6000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
Join and Share

Social Shorpy

Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Daily e-mail updates:


Member Photos

Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

Colorized Photos

Colorized photos submitted by members.

About the Photos

Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

© 2018 SHORPY INC.

[REV 25-NOV-2014]

JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600

Fables la Fontaine: 1924

Fables la Fontaine: 1924

Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Maret French School." The book: "Fables la Fontaine." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

On Shorpy:
Today's Top 5

When I was a youngster

I may have attended kindergarten in that building, possibly even in that very room, back in nineteen-aught-fifty. The doors look familiar somehow.

Maret in those days, while still pricey for the time, wasn't so much upper-crust as slightly soggy middle-crust.

Fables de la Fontaine

Un Deux Trois

"Un, Deux, Trois,
Je vais dans la bois"

I go into the woods.

That's about it for my memories of high school French in the 1960s.

And my mama had what she called a switch tree in the back yard for disciplinary purposes. You knew you were in trouble when you had to go cut your own.

"and it better be a good one."

French Lessons

Never mind physical punishment, having to memorize some of "Les Fables de La Fontaine" were punishment enough when I was in grade school (yes I went to french school)!

To this day I remember cramming to memorize amongst others "La cigale et la fourmi", "Le corbeau et le renard" and my biggest nemesis, "Perette et le port au lait".

Seeing as most of the kids are on different pages in their books, I am guessing they are posing for the picture. What really surprised me is to see the teacher is not a nun in a French school in the 1920's in the US.

[Maret was (and still is) a private prep school catering to the upper crust. - Dave]

Arrows too!

You can see the arrows on the right of the second shelf. Must have been a fun class!


If you mean the stick under the paper clock, I think that's a bow for an arrow. Teachers usually preferred the ruler or yardsticks! Maybe a close up will shed some more light on the items there. (I like the crown!)

[Yes, it's a bow. Not a switch. Click to enlarge. - Dave]


...cramped environment, beat-up desks, no air conditioning... ahh, memories of grade school in 1960s Louisiana.

One objector

I love the look of the little girl beneath the teacher...she obviously isn't impressed with the Fables la Fontaine! How did these girls learn in a cramped environment with beat-up desks, no air conditioning, and evil looking implements of punishment (the switches, as my mother called them) literally over their sweet heads? Mlle does look like she enjoys teaching, though.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2018 Shorpy Inc.