Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Back in Session/ Sepia Scenes

 
Those were the days!


Kids in East Gwillimbury started the 2009-10 school year on Tuesday, September 8. Many parents are heaving HUGE sighs of relief.

I took this photo at the Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum in Vandorf, Ontario. The low light contributes to the grainy, old photo appearance.

Hasn't school changed for the better since the days depicted here? Those seats look very uncomfortable to me. No wonder boys invented spitballs!

  To view other Sepia Scenes visit MaryT, theTeach at http://sepiascenes.blogspot.com

29 comments:

see you there! said...

Love it! I have two of those really old school desks. The metal on mine isn't quite as ornate as these but they are still great.

Darla

Shammickite said...

Nice little school house!

Leif Hagen said...

Our school started yesterday, too. Two of our three darlings boarded the yellow school bus. Photo to come on Friday! I thought GIRLS created spitballs?

B SQUARED said...

Looks just the way I remember it.

Denise said...

Absolutely love this photo. The sepia tone gives it such a warm quality and an 'old' feel to it. Just perfect!

Patti said...

This is a wonderful photo - and the "quaint" school room is a perfect sepia subject.

P.S. No, Ralph doesn't have a water view from his office. It's about a half-mile or so from the beach.

I am so happy to get my Internet back ;-)

Thanks for visiting me!

Tricia said...

You always make such cool shots! I love this grainy sepia photo

Day4plus said...

Great shot. I think when I first started school we had desks like that.
They even had the ink well hole in them. It was an old school long, long ago. LOL MB

kaye said...

great shot of school days past! love it.

Jacob said...

Yes, boys created spitballs. Girls, however, created pigtails so the boys could dunk them in the inkwells.

The girls then created loud screams that got the teacher's attention and the teacher created a paddle for the boy's backsides.

After that, the boys threw their spitballs at the girls, who went "Ewww," and then ran and hid enticing the boys to chase them.

And the boys have been chasing them ever since.

It's been a lot of fun.

Jenn Jilks said...

EG, I love your readers & commenters!
Glad to be retired, too!

Cezar and Léia said...

"May, 31..."I wonder about the year!
There is a beautiful poem at the blackboard.I think it was really good time!
Léia

Nukke said...

Greetings om 09.09.09 and you have old school here ( I had too in my Ruby Tuesday pics)
School has changed a lot and so are children too :)

@nemonen said...

Lovely endeed that picture. It is one of thoose pictures, which is very beautiful in sepia.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh I love seeing those old school desks. We had some that looked VERY similar to those. I even remember how my old grade school (elementary) SMELLED... They put oil in the floors I think--because the school always had a peculiar smell. Funny--the things we remember...

Thanks for the memories.
Hugs,
Betsy

Artlover said...

This is one of the best photo in sepia i´ve seen today. I like it very much.

Marice said...

geesshh that reminds me of our primary schooliong days :)

Carletta said...

This speaks to my teacher's heart!
Lovely in sepia!
I'm laughing at what might be spelling words - outhouse! Yes, times have changed for the better.

Ralph said...

The classic look of a classroom, no computers (that we can see), nor a fancy interactive whiteboard instead of the classic blackboard.

The lesson plans are clear, and there is no excuse for forgetting the assignments, they are clearly marked. I am intrigued by the Union Jack up front - I assume the Maple Leaf flies nearby as well...

Hildegarde said...

Great photo and I like the poem about the rain so much.

Rose said...

Sometimes I feel I almost came from that time; almost, not quite.

This is a really great shot for sepia...

George said...

This is a wonderful sepia picture. My elementary school had desks very similar to the ones in your picture. They weren't comfortable, but I never tried spitballs as a release mechanism!

Becky and Gary said...

I like your shot EG. I have a similar desk like in your photo and I often wonder what sort of child sat in this desk.
B.

PERBS said...

BUT look at that beautiful ironwork on those desks!!!!!!!!!!!!

Grace and Bradley said...

Perfect scene for the Sepia, it makes the photo looks authentically old.

Buenos Aires Photoblog said...

What a great subject for a sepia photo! The image serves as a lovely time capsule into the past.

RuneE said...

It might BE and old photo - Queen Victoria on the wall and the Union Jack (I thought Canada had its own flag by now :-) )! Well done.

PS Thank you for the comments!

Heidi said...

Great little school room. And so appropriate for this time of year. Spitwads are great!
If you'd like to stop by my blog I'm at Cake Crumbs.

maryt/theteach said...

Great place to visit, EG! I wish I had been there with you! Good photo too! Happy Sepia Scenes! :)

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