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Teachers and students scribbled the lessons — multiplication tables, pilgrim history, how to be clean — nearly 100 years ago. And they haven’t been touched since. This week, contractors removing old chalkboards at Emerson High School in Oklahoma City made a startling discovery: Underneath them rested another set of chalkboards, untouched since 1917. “The penmanship blows me away, because you don’t see a lot of that anymore,” Emerson High School Principal Sherry Kishore told the Oklahoman. “Some of the handwriting in some of these rooms is beautiful.
originally posted by: Bigburgh
a reply to: baddmove
OP.. am I seeing this right.. just under your post.. seems to be a glitch maybe. Just a link with underscore... it says Snow Trains. It takes me to another post you did with Big Foot( monster truck)
ATS has been forcing me all day to an ATS HTML mode... I keep clearing cache's history, the whole nine..
Sorry off topic but needed said...
Other side ... glad you posted this. I miss seeing actual handwriting. It's now a lost art I suppose. I'm older and have a hard time figuring out internet acronyms.. I see that chalk board and think.. wow, a person actually printed that.
Until this past Nov. My grandmother sat down and penned out a letter per week.. she was 5 miles from here but she took the time to write letters.. passed away a spry 98 year old lady.
originally posted by: Greathouse
If those are truly 98 years old that's amazing . I'm just having a little problem with all the colored chalk ?
But I hope it's accurate because this is a neat find .
Chalk used in school classrooms comes in slender sticks approximately .35 of an inch (nine millimeters) in diameter and 3.15 inches (80 millimeters) long. Lessons are often presented to entire classes on chalk-boards (or blackboards, as they were originally called) using sticks of chalk because this method has proven cheap and easy. As found in nature, chalk has been used for drawing since prehistoric times, when, according to archaeologists, it helped to create some of the earliest cave drawings. Later, artists of different countries and styles used chalk mainly for sketches, and some such drawings, protected with shellac or a similar substance, have survived. Chalk was first formed into sticks for the convenience of artists. The method was to grind natural chalk to a fine powder, then add water, clay as a binder, and various dry colors. The resultant putty was then rolled into cylinders and dried. Although impurities produce natural chalk in many colors, when artists made their own chalk they usually added pigments to render these colors more vivid. Carbon, for example, was used to enhance black, and ferric oxide (Fe 2 O 3 ) created a more vivid red. Read more: www.madehow.com...
I would hazard a guess the teacher would point to 2 x then point to a number the class would have to recite back the answer?
originally posted by: MoonBlossom
a reply to: baddmove
Amazing find, baddmove! I am completely enamoured by the simplicity of life back then.
Though, with the advent of technology and the removal of cursive writing from schools, I can't help but to think we are being hustled back to an age where one is only able to sign one's name with an X.
For all of our advances, we are losing so much. In a few generations, should the electrical grid go down, I daresay people would wonder what to do with their hands, as they will no longer have the basic skills of writing, sewing, cooking without convenience etc. and those that do have those skills will be gone from this world.
I think I will handwrite a letter or two this week, just because I can.