Bit by bit, I’ve been donating my vintage catalogs and ephemera from Sears Roebuck to Old Dominion University. In the process of digging through many, many boxes of old specialty catalogs, I discovered this 1926 Sears and Roebuck catalog titled, School Furniture and Supplies.
My 57-year-old husband browsed through the yellowed pages and said, “I remember those desks.” He grew up attending school in a small town in West Virginia. Apparently, they didn’t replace functional items like schoolhouses and schoolhouse equipment as fast as we did here in Hampton Roads.
Recently we returned to West Virginia to visit his family and while there, we were treated to a tour of this old one-room schoolhouse in Arbovale, West Virginia. The small building is currently being restored by Wayne Gillespie (of Arbovale). It’s a beautiful little building!
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I have two of those school desks that you speak about.