Sepia Saturday

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When I saw this darling girl interrupted from her writing, I knew I wanted to find some good photos of people at their writing desk. It’s crucial to have a good place to think and write. Here’s what I found on Flickr Commons.


Constantin Dumba, 1910, Library of Congress


Miss Young, 1926 from Musée McCord


G. Polacco, 1915, Library of Congress


“Hygiene of the Schoolroom,” 1910 The Internet Archive


“Hygiene of the School House,” 1910, Internet Archive

12 thoughts on “Sepia Saturday

  1. I was amused by the similarities and differences between the little girl’s photo and Constantin Dumba’s. Same pose, but very different expressions.


  2. My personal favorite is the girl in the white dress in Hygiene of the Schoolhouse sitting at that fabulous desk. Perhaps it’s the isolation of the desk from others that makes it hygienic? Or is this a reference to neatness?


    • I tried looking up “School Hygiene” or “Hygiene of the School” and found nothing that shed light on the matter. I’m guessing it’s neatness. Though the isolation is a good guess. I think in older times students were crammed together on benches.


  3. A nice cross-section of various types of desks. The girl sitting at the wrought iron scrolled desk reminded me of the desks I sat at when I was in my early school years. We had the same exact desks!


  4. An interesting group. Herr Dumba seems to be holding a pencil, but the others have fountain pens I think. The way they all hold an upright pen may be a style of handwriting that was used with smear-able ink. Likewise letter papers needed to be blotted and pens refilled with ink. An orderly desk was a neat and clean desk.


  5. Interesting that the two last shots show the same desks, but in isolation rather than squeezed into rows as they were in reality, such that the girl would be sitting directly on the same furniture as the boy’s writing surface…and those surfaces obtained so many initials carved with pencils and pens (and knives too) over the years!


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