Wednesday, August 08, 2007

School desks

This was taken inside the one room schoolhouse at Old Cowtown. These desks have a hole cut out in them for a bottle of ink to be placed in (for their old fashioned "inkless" pen).... and individual chalkboards were sometimes used in place of paper, when learning to write. You can see one of the chalkboards on the desk to the right of the photo. Walking through Old Cowtown is like being on the set of Gunsmoke, or Little House on the Prairie, only it's not a movie set - it's historical buildings showing what life was like in the newly forming city of Wichita, during the years of 1865 to 1880. Remember Wichita began as a settlement along the Arkansas River, as a place where cattle drives would stop overnight, giving the cowboys and cattle a place to eat, drink and rest. Thus, the name of this living museum being - Old "COW"town.

8 comments:

Lavenderlady said...

I am so glad someone thought to preserve these and share a moment from the past. Very nice photo.

photowannabe said...

I really like living museums. Its a great link to the past.
Nice picture.

Annie said...

There's a C photo for you!

Would you believe I have a desk just like those and I use it as a table by the guest bed.

Wanda said...

Our schools start next week....love these old desks!

Anu said...

I passed out from High School in 1987. Even then, we had these kind of desks in High School.

Hyde DP said...

we had em too but not with ornate ironwork - ours were all wood.

JoAnn-NL said...

Beautiful old fourniture, I quess that I was sitting there in my schooltime?

Greetings from JoAnn

Z said...

What very intricate metal work for something as mundane as school desks... There are some things from the past that I think it might have been good to preserve, and this interest in, and attention to detail is one of them.