Thursday, 30 April 2009

Chautauqua Desk and Blackboard












Coming in to the museum today, I spied this rather interesting piece of furniture. It is Edwardian and invaluable to any house with young children, as the top of the blackboard is on a scroll and contains a surprising quantity of information. As one can see from the pictures taken, there are the current Royals of the period Edward and Alexandria. The Prime Minister Gladstone and even Lord Salisbury are featured too. There is a list of household items and agricultural implements. This is what gives away the North American origins, the spelling of plough (plow) and calling a bath a tub. Before the age of the internet and television this is what many would use for educational purposes at home.
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