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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Sepia Saturday - 176 11 May 2013

"The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, and all the sweet serenity of books."
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Our Sepia Saturday this week involves teaching, and learning from Alan's theme photo below.

In honor of that beloved, sweet blessing of knowledge, (and all the things we've learned within us) and an underlining theme for Mother's Day that many of us are celebrating this weekend, I offer this.

1905 Learning to walk.

Surprisingly enough this teaching device is still used today, of course in many other designs.


After learning to walk, comes the real fun stuff.  Baby ballerinas.

Dance like nobody is watching.

October 1942

Mothers and grandmothers made sure to teach their little girls the fundamentals of womanhood, like sewing.  In those days sewing wasn't just a hobby, it was often a necessity.

Also 1942

Learning how to drive nails in a country school.  Wilmington, Delaware, at Tower Hill School.

"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin

1899  Washington D.C. students learn dance techniques at school.

Tower Hill School, Wilmington, Delaware, Country School children from to age 3 to 18 years old also learning to dance.
Learning wasn't always just games and dancing, sometimes it was tedious work like flower making with their mother.  I wonder how many mothers today teach their children, especially boys, flower making?

1915 Photographer, Lewis Wickes Hines.
Any fool can know.  The point is to understand.
Albert Einstein

How we made a compass. The handwriting on the blackboard is (as well as the blackboard) not so common these days.  Even the compass is being replaced.

Seriously, The Boy Scouts?

The photo absolutely reads, Boy Scouts learning to shoot.

Loading rocks in their wagon.  Is it playtime?

On To the big wagons!

1942 Detroit, Driver's training course.

It sure appears they're having a blast in Chemistry 101.
Learning is simple
if you try.
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Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Methinks you may have truly outdone yourself this time. Wow, what a delightful piece!

Oh, and yes, Boy Scouts were serious about teaching young lads how to properly handle firearms, and I made quite an impression (in more ways than one) upon those in attendance when I went to get my Shooting Merit Badge way back in the day. Now, I was always a dead-shot when it came to hitting stationary objects, but I was not nearly as good when something was moving. So, when it came time to hit at least two out of three clay pigeons with a shotgun, I was quite concerned. Anyway, I hit the first one, but I missed the second. So, I went into serious calculation mode, which determined where I should point the shotgun so that I could pull the trigger as soon as I saw the clay pigeon approach where it would be passing in front of the barrel. It worked like a charm! Oh, but what I did not take into consideration was that where the clay pigeon would be passing in front of the shotgun barrel would be around eight feet in front of where we were all standing. So, when I splattered the clay pigeon to smithereens, many of the observers were peppered with those smithereens! Ah, the memories...

R. Mac Wheeler said...

Great collection of photos

What will stick in my mind is Ben's wonderful adage. A truth we should all keep in mind.

Happy Mother's Day


sage said...

Great photos! Happy Mother's Day!

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Karen S. is the BEST!!!

Great finds. Of them all, the ballerinas take the cake, but the homeschooled kids making flowers are something else.

Awesome post.

Kathy M.

Alex Daw said...

Such a neat idea. Learning is not always in the classroom is it? Great post. Well done.

Karen S. said...

Jerry- wow what an amazing time and impression your days as a Scout was! Sounds like you maybe should have kept up with it, and possibly became a Den leader for other youths! I missed out as a girl scout growing up, but once my daughter was a scout my life became a part of her scouting life- those are some of our special memories together too!

Galen Pearl said...

Love those little ballerinas! Although I never aspired to that myself. I wanted to ride horses, and yes, shoot guns! At camp I won a marksman badge. Of course, we were shooting 22 rifles at targets.

Jenny Woolf said...

That baby's lovely smile touches me down all those years. I love its little foot, too! :)


"I wonder how many mothers today teach their children, especially boys, flower making?"

My answer to that question would be:
"There's an app for that!!!

Liked the ending,
like you can even teach an old dog new tricks!?!

~✽Mumsy✽~ said...

Wow..what a wonderful post! I love these pictures, there is story in each of them.

Sorry for the late coming, and a belated Mother's Day..