Tuesday, September 2, 2014

School days. School buildings.
Schoolchildren. Autumn.

Perhaps I'm laying the nostalgia1 on a little thick here, but I really like this old illustration of American children going to school on an autumn day.2 It's from Our Homes and Our School, which was part of the American Book Company's Social Studies Series and was published in 1961.

The book was illustrated by Herbert McClure.3

What kinds of schools did you attend? Did you attend an older school that was built decades before you were born? What are your favorite building-related school memories?

Of course, there are many different kinds of schools. McClure shows a few different types in another illustration from Our Homes and Our School.

Complete guide to Papergreat's School Days ephemera

1. On a related note, check out NPR Books' review (by Tomas Hachard) of the recently released Blackboard: A Personal History of the Classroom, by Lewis Buzbee.
2. Yes, I am aware that, in some technical senses, it is not yet autumn. But different cultures and segments of the population have different ideas about the specific dates of autumn. For me, it's either the start of the traditional public school year or Labor Day. And both of those have arrived. So it's autumn. So there. Put your pumpkins out. :)
3. This artist, who lived from 1921 to 1985, might or might not be the same Herbert McClure.

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