This photo is of my grandmother, Lucia Marie Arras’s, class at Lincoln School in Findlay, Ohio. It was taken in the spring of 1929. Lucia is sitting just to the right (our right) of the teacher.
None of these children look particularly excited to be there. There doesn’t appear to be any of the usual goofing off. Not one child is looking elsewhere and laughing. Perhaps the teacher was a stern one.
One of my favorite details is all the interesting patterned socks on the boys in the front row. I wonder if they were purchased or if their mothers were such talented knitters.
It appears that a concrete block and a crate were used to prop up the first row bench. A close-up of the crate reveals that it was from the Bourne-Fuller Company of Cleveland, Ohio. Soon after this photo was taken, Bourne-Fuller would unite with two other companies, Central Alloy and Republic Iron and Steel, to become the third-largest steel company in the U.S.
Check out the boy on the left in the photo above. Clearly, mothers in the 1920s also struggled to keep fabric over the knees of their sons! My kids start back to school next week and this is what I expect to see at the end of most days. The only thing missing is the grass stain.
Other photo posts from Lincoln School:
The Family Photo Album: Lucia Arras, 6th Grade Class Photo