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Creative Differences: 1940

Creative Differences: 1940

November 1940. "Boys in the schoolhouse in Ledyard, Connecticut, working on the school newspaper." Title of their typescript: "A Happy Christmas for Tom." Medium format acetate negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


BBP -- Before Ball Point

I sat at desks like that in grade school, but by then (in the latter half of the 1950s) those inkwells at the upper right corners were just empty cavities.


I wonder how many lefties dripped ink on their papers while dipping their nibs into the inkwell holder so awkwardly located on the right side of the desk?

Happy Christmas for Tom

        Once upon a time a poor woman and her son Tom lived in an old cabin in the woods. They could not have anything for Christmas because they didn't have any money. This made the little boy sad. So he put on his hat and coat and went out side. He walked through the woods. Soon he came to a little town. A man was shoveling snow off his walk. He called to Tom and said, "I will give you a quater if you shovel off my walk." So Tom went to work. When he was through the man gave him his quater and he hurried to the store. So he bought a new shovel so he could do some more shovelling. He worked hard all day and made one dolar. He bought a present for his mother, and some bells and things for a Christmas tree.

        Tom did not know what was going on at home, but his mother was making cakes and other good things to sell. With the money she received from them she brought a new sled for Tom. Tom's mother hurried to get home first and she hid the sled.

        When Tom ...

And that's all I can read. I guess we'll never know how it turns out.

"You look warm, Friend Rabbit"

The boy in the foreground appears to be fully immersed in the short story "Why the Rabbit's Tail is Short".


Citizen Kane: the early years!

Fond Memories

I well remember those wooden desks and wooden floors. However, you didn't want to get caught scratching your name into the top of your desk! Love these old photos!


The monks never had carbon paper, so modernity had taken over the school newspaper by the 1940s.

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