28 September 2008

One-room schoolhouse, 1921


Another amazing photo from Shorpy. Click the image to enlarge it and explore the details (or read about them at the link). The childrens eyes look unusual because the long exposure plus the bright flash resulted in superimposed eyeballs and eyelids.

My mother, aunts, and uncles all attended a one-room schoolhouse which was located on the corner of the farm property. In the winter one of my uncles (as a child) had the responsibility of going down to the school about 0600 before it opened to start a fire and warm it up before the students and teacher arrived. The teacher lived in a spare room upstairs at our family farm during the school season.

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