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Old-School: 1940

Old-School: 1940

November 1940. "Children of farmers in the town of Ledyard, Connecticut, in one of the one-room schoolhouses." Acetate negative by Jack Delano. View full size.


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A chair for the lady

My thoughts on the chair are this : it is placed to the left of the teacher's desk, and the young lady appears to be reading aloud from the book. The chair is not attached because it is only used when students read to the class or when Farkus acted up. The chair would be moved elsewhere when not needed. The fact that it is not bolted down is because no one in their right mind would dare teeter totter next to the teacher.

If the girl was reading to the class, why isn't she facing the class? Or she could be a Nellie Oleson put where the teacher could keep a very close eye on her.

White after Labor Day?

Those are some distinctly summery sandals for November in Ledyard, Connecticut. Miss Holmes, the schoolteacher from a few posts ago, was wearing a decidedly spring-like polka-dot frock as well. But there are chill bumps on the little girl's legs. Maybe she didn't own a pair of tights and more seasonally-appropriate shoes. I hope that wasn't the case, but that it was simply Indian summer in the Nutmeg State.


What kind of chair is this lovely girl sitting on? And why would a single swivel chair like this be in a classroom? The bolt holes are empty, so it doesn’t appear to be affixed to the floor.

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