Inkwells & Chalkboards

© Laura E. Swan

Inkwells & Chalkboards

Laura E. Swan level-classic 11/27/2010 11:51:38 PM

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Tiia Vissak 11/28/2010 12:12:36 AM

a wonderful MT image! #9067008

Michelle Alton 11/28/2010 2:32:44 AM

Very nice vintage stuff here, Laura. We still had those desks in back in my elementary school days! #9067057

Mary Dimitriw level-classic 11/28/2010 4:24:26 AM

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 #9067129

Mary Dimitriw level-classic 11/28/2010 4:25:16 AM

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 #9067130

Mary Dimitriw level-classic 11/28/2010 4:26:17 AM

Looks like I need to go back to school!! That's "to" not "too"...editing my typos. ;) #9067133

Monnie Ryan level-classic 11/28/2010 6:17:46 AM

I spent countless hours behind these old-style desks during my public school years -- really cool, Laura! #9067305

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-classic 11/28/2010 6:21:31 AM

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! #9067316

Laura E. Swan level-classic 11/28/2010 11:55:20 AM

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!


(Never worry about type-o's on MY THREADS! No, no! Least of all my threads!) #9067790

John Connolly level-classic 11/28/2010 12:10:47 PM

What a magic series of images Laura! It is great to see these old scenes preserved for posterity! You did a great job here! #9067807

Laura E. Swan level-classic 11/28/2010 12:20:44 PM

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 #9067829

Patti Coblentz level-classic 11/28/2010 12:35:38 PM

I couldn't wait to open this thumbnail...what a great capture, Laura...great tones and comp. Favorite for it! #9067862

Laura E. Swan level-classic 11/28/2010 12:43:10 PM

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


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

-Lala #9067871

Rona L. Schwarz 11/28/2010 2:19:39 PM

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! #9067990

Ann H. Belus level-classic 11/28/2010 3:22:24 PM

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! #9068088

Wm Nosal 11/28/2010 6:13:38 PM

Ha! I've Been Behind One Of Those! No Ink Just The Hole
Great Shot, Laura! #9068409

Dick W. Wyatt 11/29/2010 12:22:25 AM

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

Well done Laura. #9068663

Stephen Zacker 11/29/2010 4:06:24 AM

Like the perspective and old feeling this has. Makes you think about all the kids that sat at these desk #9068899

Marisol Pastor 11/29/2010 11:39:12 AM

Excellent MT submit! Love the toning and pov. #9069902

Brett Dolsen 11/29/2010 3:16:24 PM

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! #9070303

Chris N. Sweet 11/29/2010 4:32:48 PM

Laura this is awesome! The tones are just divine and the textures......I want to feel them! I CAN feel them! Superb work. #9070423

Tammy Espino 11/29/2010 5:50:22 PM

I'm not that old to remember ink wells! :) What an awesome MT and fantstic captures~ #9070559

Ellen Hodges level-classic 11/29/2010 6:16:17 PM

Fantastic work and commentary, Laura!!! Have an old desk like that that I got for 10$ when a school closed. #9070635

Patrick Rouzes level-classic 10/18/2011 5:17:05 PM

Congratulations on this superb Finalist, Swanee Laura! Good luck! #9743826

Tammy Espino 10/18/2011 5:17:28 PM

Congrats on your wonderful finalist :)
Go Laura, go Laura loo loo!!! #9743828

Tammy Espino 10/18/2011 5:17:28 PM

Congrats on your wonderful finalist :)
Go Laura, go Laura loo loo!!! #9743829

Ann Coates level-classic 10/18/2011 5:31:53 PM

Congratulations on your fantastic finalist Laura. #9743973

Wm Nosal 10/18/2011 6:03:57 PM

COOL Shots, Laura!

Ohhh Got To Go... Dancing With The Stars
Is On! #9744253

Patti Coblentz level-classic 10/18/2011 6:46:51 PM

Loved this one from the start...great image, Laura...congratulations on your finalist! #9744568

Reynaldo D. Reyes level-classic 10/18/2011 7:20:45 PM

So cool Laura, Congratulations on this amazing finalist! #9744818

Kathy Salerni level-classic 10/18/2011 8:11:25 PM

Big congrats on your wonderful Finalist and good luck in the next round, Laura! #9745043

Kathy Salerni level-classic 10/18/2011 8:12:07 PM

Big congrats on your wonderful Finalist and good luck in the next round, Laura! #9745045

Kathy Salerni level-classic 10/18/2011 8:12:12 PM

Big congrats on your wonderful Finalist and good luck in the next round, Laura! #9745046

JO ANN CLEVELAND 10/18/2011 8:12:52 PM

Big Congratulations Laura! I love this!

jo ann c. #9745049

Rona L. Schwarz 10/18/2011 8:26:18 PM

WTG, Laura! So happy to see this again! CONGRATULATIONS on your superb FINALIST and Good luck in the next round! #9745107

Laura E. Swan level-classic 10/18/2011 8:37:13 PM


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 #9745162

Irene Colling level-classic 10/18/2011 9:22:00 PM

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

Congratulations on your great Finalist photo. #9745292

Carol L. Fowler 10/18/2011 9:22:13 PM

Big Congrats on this beauty! #9745293

Ann H. Belus level-classic 10/18/2011 10:59:17 PM

Interesting and unique POV, Laura; excellent presentation! CONGRATULATIONS! #9745542

Heather Loewenhardt level-classic 10/18/2011 11:20:05 PM

Love the treatment and POV on this stellar image Laura, so deserving of a finalist award. Hope to see it go gold. #9745651

Mary K. Robison level-classic 10/18/2011 11:34:33 PM

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

Stefania Barbier level-classic 10/18/2011 11:43:02 PM


Val Feldman level-classic 10/19/2011 6:41:34 AM

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! #9746626

Monnie Ryan level-classic 10/19/2011 6:45:04 AM

Terrific image, Laura! Congratulations! #9746651

maria Warren 10/19/2011 8:14:48 AM

Hi Sis. congrats on your finalist!!! :) its really a great shot :)(((hugs))) #9747067

Carol Eade level-classic 10/19/2011 9:22:37 AM

Fabulous, congratulations on your finalist! #9747312

Emile Abbott level-classic 10/19/2011 10:05:55 AM

Fantastic finalist and huge congratulations Laura #9747476

Lydia Williams level-classic 10/19/2011 10:43:07 AM

Great captures here, Laura...Grreat Image! Congratulations! #9747645

Laura E. Swan level-classic 10/19/2011 10:54:44 AM

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! #9747685

The Judges at level-classic 10/19/2011 12:26:05 PM

Nice treatment of an ordinary subject. #9748103

Laura E. Swan level-classic 10/19/2011 1:15:22 PM

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 #9748279

Nancy L. Green level-classic 10/19/2011 1:56:22 PM

CONGRATULATIONS Laura on your wonderful finalost!!! <>< #9748395

Laura E. Swan level-classic 10/19/2011 3:32:03 PM

Hi Nancy! Thanks so much! :)))

-Laura :)) #9748646

Phyllis A. Houghton level-classic 10/19/2011 3:49:47 PM

Looks pre 50's. Congratulations on your terrific finalist, Laura. #9748695

Lorna Shutter level-classic 10/19/2011 4:58:36 PM

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

Gord MacEachern level-classic 10/19/2011 5:44:17 PM

So glad this is a finalist Laura, so well deserved, good luck next round!! #9749015

Terry Cervi level-classic 10/19/2011 6:50:06 PM

A very authentic looking capture and love the pov, Laura! Congrats on your awesome finalist!!! #9749142

Stephen Zacker 10/20/2011 3:28:35 AM

Very Old School :-) Congratulations #9749754

Courtenay Vanderbilt 10/20/2011 5:02:35 AM

LOL @ Stephen! Sorry we missed Heritage Park... next time! Super Congrats, Laura! #9749907

Christine Lobsinger level-classic 10/20/2011 8:14:57 AM

Congratulations Sis... a Wonderful Finalist!!!!
Smiling Big,
CHrIS #9750246

Rony Sagy 10/20/2011 8:46:39 AM

Woohoo!!! congrats on this wonderful Finalist, Laura. #9750349

John Connolly 10/20/2011 2:29:31 PM

Congratulations again Sister Laura! Seeing this image is like meeting an old friend!
Enjoy your trip and travel well! #9750927

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-classic 10/21/2011 9:18:18 AM

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.

Renee Doyle level-classic 10/21/2011 5:34:59 PM

Cool capture and wonderful finalist!! Congratulations Laura! #9753304

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic 10/22/2011 4:46:46 AM

What Renee said, CONGRATZ!

UB. #9753994

Bojan Bencic level-classic 10/22/2011 2:22:54 PM

Congratulations on this amazing finalist, Laura! #9754821

Stan Kwasniowski 10/22/2011 6:25:16 PM

Laura, congratulations #9755368

David M. Montero 10/23/2011 12:07:48 PM

Congratulations on your finalist selection of this excellent capture Laura!!! #9757013

Amanda J. Tanner 10/24/2011 2:32:55 AM

Congratulations on this wonderful finalist Laura! #9758042

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic 10/24/2011 11:38:48 AM

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) #9759160

Laura E. Swan level-classic 10/24/2011 11:54:04 AM

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 #9759198

Gina M. Savage 10/26/2011 12:41:32 PM

I love all the detail in the desk. Imagine all the ones who sat there and added to it. :) Wonderful capture and congrats, Laura! #9764480

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 10/28/2011 2:38:10 PM

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 #9769004

Christopher Budny level-classic 10/28/2011 3:53:40 PM

Congratulations, Laura! What a great, vintage/nostalgic feel this has. #9769132

Laura E. Swan level-classic 10/28/2011 7:40:09 PM

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 #9769510

Merna L. Nobile 10/31/2011 4:10:38 PM

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

Laura E. Swan level-classic 10/31/2011 10:19:33 PM

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

-Laura :) #9775837

David M. Montero 9/9/2012 8:08:29 PM

Great POV and light Laura and yes, it strikes a few cords with me. #10316216

Laura E. Swan level-classic 9/9/2012 10:47:57 PM

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 :) #10316336

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!!! 1908 !!!
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.


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

Exif: F Number: 2.8, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/60 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, FocalLength: 4.60 mm, Model: Canon PowerShot SD800 IS

Uploaded on 11/27/2010 11:49:45 PM

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Camera: Nikon D90 Digital SLR Camera Photo Contest Finalist

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