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Inkwells & Chalkboards
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Inkwells & Chalkboards
Inkwells & Chalkboards

!!! 1908 !!!
!DING DING DING!
TIME FOR SCHOOL TO START
@
Heritage Park, Calgary Alberta Canada.

Inkwells and Chalkboards
Anthems, Pledges and Prayers.
Reading, Writing & Arithmetic.
The Wood Is Burning In The Free Standing Fireplace.
Mr. Duffy Demands Silence As He
Goes Over The Days Expectations.

HOW MUCH LONGER UNTIL LUNCH?

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(MT) Vintage - See Inside For More Shots Of This Classroom


© Laura E. Swan
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  The Front of The School House
The Front of The School House
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  Mr Duffy!
Mr Duffy!
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  The Stove & Piano
The Stove & Piano

The Classroom Wasn't Set Up As
Natural As It Could Have Been For
Display So These Extra Shots Are
JUST FOR FUN!

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11/27/2010 11:51:38 PM

 
Tiia Vissak
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a wonderful MT image!

11/28/2010 12:12:36 AM

 
Michelle Alton
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Very nice vintage stuff here, Laura. We still had those desks in back in my elementary school days!

11/28/2010 2:32:44 AM

 
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Nice MT entry Laura! Must have been one of those schools that you had to walk 3 miles to get too, uphill both ways and wore paper bags for mittens. That's what my grandfather used to say. LOL

11/28/2010 4:24:26 AM

 
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Nice MT entry. Must have been one of those schools that you had to walk 3 miles to get too, uphill both ways and wore paper bags for mittens. That's what my grandfather used to say. LOL

11/28/2010 4:25:16 AM

 
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Looks like I need to go back to school!! That's "to" not "too"...editing my typos. ;)

11/28/2010 4:26:17 AM

 
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I spent countless hours behind these old-style desks during my public school years -- really cool, Laura!

11/28/2010 6:17:46 AM

 
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OMG!! I just had a flashback!! HA! I sat at tables like this when I started in 1st grade. Well, not quite this old, but the style was the same.
What I wanna know right away - where's the exit-door? HEHE! Excellent captures of this old schoolroom, MSSSLala. Each of them should be entered!

11/28/2010 6:21:31 AM

 
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Good Afternoon Tiia, Michelle, Mary, Monnie and SSSKiki!

HA! I was wondering how many MEMORY cords this one would pull! It sure has for me, too! We didn't have ink wells but we had the chalk boards and desks that were very similar. If I'd been thinking I would have gotten more pictures of the desk tops. Kids carved initials and words just like EVERY KIDS from EVERY AGE has. It was cute and made me wonder who those kids were, what they wore and if they were naughty or nice!

Thanks for having some fun with me. Your comments were great and have left me smiling!

-Laura

(Never worry about type-o's on MY THREADS! No, no! Least of all my threads!)

11/28/2010 11:55:20 AM

 
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What a magic series of images Laura! It is great to see these old scenes preserved for posterity! You did a great job here!

11/28/2010 12:10:47 PM

 
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Hi John! Thank you! :) I came back to tell Kiki that there WERE NO EXITS. HA! Don't we all remember that well? NO ESCAPE! Not for YEARS!

The play yard is in that second image I posted. The horse carriage blocked it...but it does show that the kids got to have some fun.

So glad you guys are enjoying this one. it actually made me miss school as I stood in there. It wasn't as bad as I thought it was. The teachers were strict but I always felt loved. :) (USUALLY! Lol!)

-Laura

11/28/2010 12:20:44 PM

 
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I couldn't wait to open this thumbnail...what a great capture, Laura...great tones and comp. Favorite for me...love it!

11/28/2010 12:35:38 PM

 
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HI PATTI GIRL! How good to see you! Uh oh! I think Mr. Duffy heard me talking. Out go my arms again.

Lol...

Thanks for the fun! See you in your gallery soon! :)))

-Lala

11/28/2010 12:43:10 PM

 
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I'm glad Michelle said it before I did! Yes, I do remember desks that almost looked like that in my elementary school days. Mine were free-standing but the rest looks more than familiar, especially the ink wells! Great capture and marvelous MT entry, Laura!

11/28/2010 2:19:39 PM

 
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We even had ink in those ink wells, and straight pens; great images, all of them, Laura. I don't think I like this MT, too many images I can remember--showing my age!

11/28/2010 3:22:24 PM

 
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Ha! I've Been Behind One Of Those! No Ink Just The Hole
Great Shot, Laura!

11/28/2010 6:13:38 PM

 
Dick  W. Wyatt
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Not much different than the class romms in my grade school.

Well done Laura.

11/29/2010 12:22:25 AM

 
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Like the perspective and old feeling this has. Makes you think about all the kids that sat at these desk

11/29/2010 4:06:24 AM

 
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Excellent MT submit! Love the toning and pov.

11/29/2010 11:39:12 AM

 
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Wonderfull find and MT capture Michelle!
I remember those days and I loved working with ink and blotting paper!Makes me want to do it again!

11/29/2010 3:16:24 PM

 
Chris N. Sweet
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Laura this is awesome! The tones are just divine and the textures......I want to feel them! I CAN feel them! Superb work.

11/29/2010 4:32:48 PM

 
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I'm not that old to remember ink wells! :) What an awesome MT and fantstic captures~

11/29/2010 5:50:22 PM

 
Ellen Hodges
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Fantastic work and commentary, Laura!!! Have an old desk like that that I got for 10$ when a school closed.

11/29/2010 6:16:17 PM

 
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Congratulations on this superb Finalist, Swanee Laura! Good luck!

10/18/2011 5:17:05 PM

 
Tammy Espino
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Congrats on your wonderful finalist :)
Go Laura, go Laura loo loo!!!

10/18/2011 5:17:28 PM

 
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Congrats on your wonderful finalist :)
Go Laura, go Laura loo loo!!!

10/18/2011 5:17:28 PM

 
Ann Coates
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Congratulations on your fantastic finalist Laura.

10/18/2011 5:31:53 PM

 
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COOL Shots, Laura!
Congratulations!

Ohhh Got To Go... Dancing With The Stars
Is On!

10/18/2011 6:03:57 PM

 
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Loved this one from the start...great image, Laura...congratulations on your finalist!

10/18/2011 6:46:51 PM

 
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So cool Laura, Congratulations on this amazing finalist!

10/18/2011 7:20:45 PM

 
Kathy Salerni
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Big congrats on your wonderful Finalist and good luck in the next round, Laura!

10/18/2011 8:11:25 PM

 
Kathy Salerni
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Big congrats on your wonderful Finalist and good luck in the next round, Laura!

10/18/2011 8:12:07 PM

 
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Big congrats on your wonderful Finalist and good luck in the next round, Laura!

10/18/2011 8:12:12 PM

 
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Big Congratulations Laura! I love this!

jo ann c.

10/18/2011 8:12:52 PM

 
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WTG, Laura! So happy to see this again! CONGRATULATIONS on your superb FINALIST and Good luck in the next round!

10/18/2011 8:26:18 PM

 
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THANK YOU SO MUCH EVERYONE!!!

I didn't even know I was getting a Finalist! My computer has been off most of the day. We had a birthday party here today/tonight! What a shock and huge happy surprise this is!!!

What fun. I love HERITAGE PARK so much and as many of you say, it brings back such memories for several of us...while the rest of of dream of what it must have been like!

A few movies have been shot here at this Theme Park. Shanghi Noon (Stat studded Cast), Time after Time (Kevin Cosner) and Another with Brad Pitt some to mind...It's a MUST DO in CALGARY if a person is here a few days!

Leif and Kiki were to HERITAGE PARK with us and loved it, too!

Thanks so much for your friendship and support. Huge smiles here!!! :)))

-Laura :D

10/18/2011 8:37:13 PM

 
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An excellent image Laura, with wounderfully subtle tone and dynamic composition.

Congratulations on your great Finalist photo.

10/18/2011 9:22:00 PM

 
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Big Congrats on this beauty!

10/18/2011 9:22:13 PM

 
Ann H. Belus
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Interesting and unique POV, Laura; excellent presentation! CONGRATULATIONS!

10/18/2011 10:59:17 PM

 
Heather Loewenhardt
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Love the treatment and POV on this stellar image Laura, so deserving of a finalist award. Hope to see it go gold.

10/18/2011 11:20:05 PM

 
Mary K. Robison
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I'm so happy for you, Pom!
Congratulations on your memory-stirring Finalist, and best of luck to you in the next round!

10/18/2011 11:34:33 PM

 
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CONGRATULATIONS Lala!

10/18/2011 11:43:02 PM

 
Val Feldman
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Hey, LOTW! Do a happy dance! We'll ALL do a happy dance with ya! Warmest and huge congrats on a fabulous Finalist! Wishing you all the best in the upcoming round!

10/19/2011 6:41:34 AM

 
Monnie Ryan
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Terrific image, Laura! Congratulations!

10/19/2011 6:45:04 AM

 
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Hi Sis. congrats on your finalist!!! :) its really a great shot :)(((hugs)))

10/19/2011 8:14:48 AM

 
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Fabulous, congratulations on your finalist!

10/19/2011 9:22:37 AM

 
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Fantastic finalist and huge congratulations Laura

10/19/2011 10:05:55 AM

 
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Great captures here, Laura...Grreat Image! Congratulations!

10/19/2011 10:43:07 AM

 
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Photobucket Everyone!!!!

This is such an honor and even a bigger one that you have stopped in to congratulate me! :)

THANK YOU SO MUCH and THANK YOU BetterPhoto for this wonderful recognition!!!

-Laura :D /Pom/Sis/Swanee!

10/19/2011 10:54:44 AM

 
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Nice treatment of an ordinary subject.

10/19/2011 12:26:05 PM

 
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Why, thank you very much BetterPhoto Judges! How wonderful to hear from you!

I tried to make this as authentic feeling as I possibly could.

-Laura Swan

10/19/2011 1:15:22 PM

 
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CONGRATULATIONS Laura on your wonderful finalost!!! <><

10/19/2011 1:56:22 PM

 
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Hi Nancy! Thanks so much! :)))

-Laura :))

10/19/2011 3:32:03 PM

 
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Looks pre 50's. Congratulations on your terrific finalist, Laura.

10/19/2011 3:49:47 PM

 
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Woo Hoo!!! CONGRATULATIONS on your Finalist Award for this FANTASTIC image, Sis!!!!! WTG!!! Good luck in the next round!!! :)
Photobucket

10/19/2011 4:58:36 PM

 
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So glad this is a finalist Laura, so well deserved, good luck next round!!

10/19/2011 5:44:17 PM

 
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A very authentic looking capture and love the pov, Laura! Congrats on your awesome finalist!!!

10/19/2011 6:50:06 PM

 
Stephen Zacker
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Very Old School :-) Congratulations

10/20/2011 3:28:35 AM

 
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LOL @ Stephen! Sorry we missed Heritage Park... next time! Super Congrats, Laura!

10/20/2011 5:02:35 AM

 
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Congratulations Sis... a Wonderful Finalist!!!!
Smiling Big,
CHrIS

10/20/2011 8:14:57 AM

 
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Woohoo!!! congrats on this wonderful Finalist, Laura.

10/20/2011 8:46:39 AM

 
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Congratulations again Sister Laura! Seeing this image is like meeting an old friend!
Enjoy your trip and travel well!

10/20/2011 2:29:31 PM

 
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HA! I remember chairs and tables like these from my first years in school.
I love this image, MSSSLala.
But I guess I already wrote all that :)
I loved it when I first saw it and I love it still.
It's got everything: GREAT composition and crop, FANTASTIC mood - and everything else that a winner should have. AND IT DID WIN!!! Congratulations, Sister.

10/21/2011 9:18:18 AM

 
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Cool capture and wonderful finalist!! Congratulations Laura!

10/21/2011 5:34:59 PM

 
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What Renee said, CONGRATZ!

UB.

10/22/2011 4:46:46 AM

 
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Congratulations on this amazing finalist, Laura!

10/22/2011 2:22:54 PM

 
Stan Kwasniowski
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Laura, congratulations

10/22/2011 6:25:16 PM

 
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Congratulations on your finalist selection of this excellent capture Laura!!!

10/23/2011 12:07:48 PM

 
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Congratulations on this wonderful finalist Laura!

10/24/2011 2:32:55 AM

 
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C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S
on your awesome FINALIST!!!

(Went to JR high, and yup, sat in OLD desks like these... they were even OLD when my mother went there! What memories)

10/24/2011 11:38:48 AM

 
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Hi Everyone!!! I loved reading what you had to add and thank you so much for your comments and support!!!

What a thrill for me in all ways!

-Laura :D

10/24/2011 11:54:04 AM

 
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I love all the detail in the desk. Imagine all the ones who sat there and added to it. :) Wonderful capture and congrats, Laura!

10/26/2011 12:41:32 PM

 
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WTG on this wonderful finalist, NL! The first 4 years of my schooling was in a one room country school house. In the winter the only place it was warm was by the potbelly stove and there it was hot! GREAT shot! :-) NN

10/28/2011 2:38:10 PM

 
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Congratulations, Laura! What a great, vintage/nostalgic feel this has.

10/28/2011 3:53:40 PM

 
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Hi Gina! Hi NN!! Hi Chris!

Wow! Great to have you all here. Class starts in 5 minutes. Until then, let's roast marshmallow's in the pot belly stove! HA!

It was an honor to get a finalist for this one. ALSO a real honor to have you all visiting!!!

Thanks so much for your comments and congrats!!!

-Laura

10/28/2011 7:40:09 PM

 
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May your heart catch the joy of the moment and soar!
I am so happy for you!
CONGRATULATIONS, Merna

10/31/2011 4:10:38 PM

 
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Hi Sweet Merna. :) Thank you so much!!!

-Laura :)

10/31/2011 10:19:33 PM

 
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Great POV and light Laura and yes, it strikes a few cords with me.

9/9/2012 8:08:29 PM

 
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Hi Dave. You would absolutely LOVE Heritage Park. If you are ever in Calgary, Alberta be sure and take a full day to see it!!! :)))

Thanks for commenting!!

-Laura :)

9/9/2012 10:47:57 PM

 
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