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The Little Red Schoolhouse: Furnished by Sears Roebuck

These last few days, I’ve been putting up a new bookcase and organizing and re-organizing a whole lot of stuff. Amongst the hidden treasures I found was this 1926 Sears and Roebuck specialty catalog - for schoolhouses! I’d purchased it several years ago from eBay and then forgot about it.

My 57-year-old husband browsed through the yellowed pages and said, “I remember those desks.” I knew he was older than me, but I didn’t realize he was that much older! However he went to school in a small town in West Virginia. Apparently, they didn’t replaces functional items like schoolhouses and schoolhouse equipment as fast as we did here in Hampton Roads.

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Sears Schoolhouse specialty catalog

Sears Schoolhouse specialty catalog from 1926.

Sears desks

Sears desks

Sears Recitation Desks. Somehow, just hearing the word recitation brings back the wearing nothing but undies to school and being asked to take a pop quiz nightmare.

Sears Recitation Desks. Somehow, just hearing the word "recitation" brings back the "wearing nothing but undies to school and being asked to take a pop quiz" nightmare.

Sears

Nice oak chairs for the teachers.

And nice maps

And nice water coolers, too.

And nice maps of our 48 states.

And nice maps of our 48 states.

And of course, a school bell.

And of course, a school bell.

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  1. David Renfro
    March 5th, 2011 at 16:03 | #1

    Fascinating! I’ve learned so much since visiting the “searshomes.org” website. Worth bookmarking and visiting again and again and again. Thanks so much for your “enlightening” effort to make all this available to the rest of us. — David Renfro

  2. Maven
    October 3rd, 2016 at 03:40 | #2

    Wonderful. I have had a pair of the desks shown on page five since the late 1980s. Any chance to scan page 4 since it seems to be a two-page spread.

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