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98-year-old Chalkboard Drawings Discovered in Oklahoma School

Sometime in 1917, probably in November, Emerson High School in Oklahoma City got new chalkboards. Apparently they installed them right overtop the old chalkboards, which were only discovered this past week as chalkboards are now being replaced with whiteboards. The older chalkboards still had lessons drawn on them, untouched since that time!

“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.”

The writing also gives us a glimpse into the teaching methods used in the early part of the 20th century. See all nine pictures at The Washington Post. -Thanks, Daniel Kim!

(Images credit: Oklahoma City Public Schools)


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One classroom in my school had a roller-blackboard installed over a fireplace. It was tricky, but not impossible, to squeeze in behind it and if you could write upside down, add annotations to what the teacher had written on the side facing the class.
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