Old Photos: One School Day In 1939

Some photos depicting student activities in Springfield, MO in 1939.
Toy train…

A view of a children playing during class.

…and the real thing.

A view of a class learning about trains first hand at a railroad station.

A view of a class learning about trains first hand at a railroad station.

 

A view of a class field trip to the local stockyard

A view of a class field trip to the local stockyard

Now that’s tough, even I had a cot when I was a kid.

A view of children in school taking a nap in the middle of the day.

A view of children in school taking a nap in the middle of the day.

This must be the other side of the tracks.

A view of a class doing an exercise in practical carpentry.

A view of a class doing an exercise in practical carpentry.

This kid grew up to invent the overhead projector.

A view of child giving a presentation in school.

A view of child giving a presentation in school.

Something tells me the old guy is not an actor.

A view of a class learning about slums by visiting the local slum area.

A view of a class learning about slums by visiting the local slum area.

A view of a class field trip to a farm to study the soil.

A view of a class field trip to a farm to study the soil.

A view of the Springfield sewage disposal plant.

A view of the Springfield sewage disposal plant.

Before the air-conditioning the government meetings were brief and to the point.

A view of a sixth grade class attending a town meeting during a lesson on government.

A view of a sixth grade class attending a town meeting during a lesson on government.

  • Modern person

    Oh but see, there’s a ceiling fan clearly visible in that photo. I’m sure some old codger in that meeting is thinking, “Before we had these new-fangled fans, government meetings were brief and to the point. But now that it’s so darn cool and comfortable in here even on the hottest of July evenings, people yabber on and on.”

  • “yabber”? clearly you learned your folksy talk from Gomer Pyle USMC.

  • I travel for JOOLS

    Great pics.

  • look close at the train photo (real train, not the classroom)…

    From the back on the left side in the hat has got to be Bing Crosby

    And in the middle in the black suit with the fedora… Frank Sinatra

    And they both used to beat up the kid on the right side in the sailor suit

    Thanks for these pics, great post