Children suffering from tuberculosis sleep outside at Springfield House Open Air School Clapham Common London 1932.
My short story HOPE is about my time spent in the Australia Open Air School in 1953. Yes, we had a daytime, out of doors sleep time, just like this. I survived childhood because of school such as this. Who ever would have thought that that runt of a child who wasn't expected to survive infancy would be writing this an age seventy, with many years ahead—thanks to the Blackburn Open Air School for weaklings.
Cheers, Ryn Shell.
Remembering 1940/1950s School Days
My first writing tools at school were a slate, chalk and a piece of damp cloth to wipe the slate clean. We advanced to pencil and paper in grade two. In grades three to six we used a nib pen and inkwell. In high school we were allowed a fountain pen and our own bottle of ink. Oh, the excitement, when we were allowed to use a ball point pen at university level.
Who remembers pencil cases from the 1940s and 1950s? One, just like that pictured above, was owned by my sister. It was stamped "MADE IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA". in what we would have called indelible purple ink, on the base.
The above pencil case is made entirely of wood. The lid slides on and off, and the top section swings out to reveal a second level and another pencil case underneath. My sister rubbed either candle wax or hard soap along the edge of the lid to assist it to slide easily when preparing her supplies for school. I had a small cardboard box for my nib pen and pencil, and I was envious of her timber box.
Being the second child, I got the hand-me-downs, which was normal in families from the 1960s and earlier. Some things, such as this pencil case, were made to last.
There are plenty of timber pencil boxes on sale on Amazon. For the price, I doubt that they would have the quality constriction of these old ones. Check out Hope, the ebook of my unusual school days in 1953. It's a 5000 word short story, and then search for timber pencil books. There are many varieties now, and probably more affordable than the one above that most school children craved owning, in the 1950s.
This photo is from a great collection of old toys and paraphernalia from the 40s/50s era. Lots of old toys and other things you're sure to remember. Here's the link;http://www.carnamah.com.au/toys
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