Hi everyone! I recently bought a teacher’s bell at an estate sale and it gave me an idea for a new post, one about school-related collectibles. As soon as I laid eyes on that bell, I could hear it ringing in my head, and I pictured Sister Francesca, our principal, standing on the edge of the play ground ringing it. “Time to tear yourself away from the swings and come back inside,” said the bell. Each teacher (we had a mix of nuns and lay teachers) had the same bell at the ready, and it would be rung for various reasons throughout the day. Some of the other items in today’s post remind me of my school days, but none so much as that bell.
I’d date it to about the 60’s or 70’s, about the same time I attended St. Augustine’s elementary school. [Available here.]
This chalkboard (one of two) also has a 60’s-70’s vibe, wouldn’t you say? Love the “Pupil Chalk Board” written in the lower left corner. Do you remember being called a pupil? It’s not one of those lovely words that rolls off your tongue, like meadow or butterfly. Never liked that word, but I love this chalkboard. Great for a home-schooler. [Available here.]
I remember Boston brand pencil sharpeners in my classrooms. My children, who both attended parochial school, had similar sharpeners in their classrooms. [Sold on Etsy, $14.99]
What classroom doesn’t have a globe in it? This super cool, vintage-y one sits atop a shelf in my family room, along with another, smaller one. I have not found that globes sell well in my shop, so I only buy them if I want to use them myself.
In addition to or instead of a globe, you might have had an atlas in your classroom growing up. Pages from this vintage one, with the great pink maps, are available in my shop by state, country, and continent. Just let me know what you’re looking for. Someone just bought New York and New Jersey, but I have many more. [Available here.]
None of us are old enough to remember a book of this age, but it might have been used in a classroom in the late 19th century. [Available here]
Teachers need supplies, too. I’ve found vintage ledger paper great for scrapbooking and other crafts, and both scissors and staplers (isn’t she a beauty) are quite collectible. I accidentally started a scissor collection myself.
The top pair of scissors are marked “Duro Chrome, U.S.A.” The striped package contains a ream of vintage paper. I’m so in love with it, I’ve not decided what to do with yet. Underneath is another package of paper.
Every classroom needs some science supplies, microscopes, for instance. [Sold at my antique booth for $25.00]
And how about a model of the human body? [Sold on Etsy for $22.99]
And some safety specs for those chemistry experiments. [Sold on Etsy for $24.99]
I learned typing in the twelfth grade and have been forever thankful. The machine I learned on wasn’t that much newer than this beauty you see here. I’d like to sell her, but my sweet daughter won’t let me. She loves it.
Perhaps the typewriter you learned on looks more like this 1950’s era machine. [Sold in my antique booth for $38.00] Both of my kids can type fairly quickly, but neither of them does it “right.” So much has changed since I went to school…
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