Inkwells & Chalkboards

© Laura E. Swan

Inkwells & Chalkboards

Laura E. Swan level-classic November 27, 2010

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Tiia Vissak November 28, 2010

a wonderful MT image! #9067008

Michelle Alton November 28, 2010

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

Mary Dimitriw level-deluxe November 28, 2010

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-deluxe November 28, 2010

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-deluxe November 28, 2010

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

Monnie Ryan November 28, 2010

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

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-classic November 28, 2010

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 November 28, 2010

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 November 28, 2010

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 November 28, 2010

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 November 28, 2010

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 November 28, 2010

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 November 28, 2010

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-deluxe November 28, 2010

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 November 28, 2010

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

Dick W. Wyatt November 29, 2010

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

Well done Laura. #9068663

Stephen Zacker November 29, 2010

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

Marisol Pastor November 29, 2010

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

Brett Dolsen November 29, 2010

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 November 29, 2010

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 November 29, 2010

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

Ellen Hodges level-deluxe November 29, 2010

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 October 18, 2011

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

Tammy Espino October 18, 2011

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

Tammy Espino October 18, 2011

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

Ann Coates level-classic October 18, 2011

Congratulations on your fantastic finalist Laura. #9743973

Wm Nosal October 18, 2011

COOL Shots, Laura!

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

Patti Coblentz October 18, 2011

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

Reynaldo D. Reyes level-classic October 18, 2011

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

Kathy Salerni level-classic October 18, 2011

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

Kathy Salerni level-classic October 18, 2011

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

Kathy Salerni level-classic October 18, 2011

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

JO ANN CLEVELAND October 18, 2011

Big Congratulations Laura! I love this!

jo ann c. #9745049

Rona L. Schwarz October 18, 2011

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 October 18, 2011


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-deluxe October 18, 2011

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

Congratulations on your great Finalist photo. #9745292

Carol L. Fowler October 18, 2011

Big Congrats on this beauty! #9745293

Ann H. Belus level-deluxe October 18, 2011

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

Heather Loewenhardt level-deluxe October 18, 2011

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 October 18, 2011

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-addict October 18, 2011


Val Feldman level-deluxe October 19, 2011

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 October 19, 2011

Terrific image, Laura! Congratulations! #9746651

maria Warren October 19, 2011

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

Carol Eade level-addict October 19, 2011

Fabulous, congratulations on your finalist! #9747312

Emile Abbott level-deluxe October 19, 2011

Fantastic finalist and huge congratulations Laura #9747476

Lydia Williams level-deluxe October 19, 2011

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

Laura E. Swan level-classic October 19, 2011

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

October 19, 2011

Nice treatment of an ordinary subject. #9748103

Laura E. Swan level-classic October 19, 2011

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 October 19, 2011

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

Laura E. Swan level-classic October 19, 2011

Hi Nancy! Thanks so much! :)))

-Laura :)) #9748646

Phyllis A. Houghton level-deluxe October 19, 2011

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

Lorna Shutter October 19, 2011

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

Gord MacEachern October 19, 2011

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

Terry Cervi level-classic October 19, 2011

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

Stephen Zacker October 20, 2011

Very Old School :-) Congratulations #9749754

Courtenay Vanderbilt October 20, 2011

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

Christine Lobsinger level-classic October 20, 2011

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

Rony Sagy October 20, 2011

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

John Connolly October 20, 2011

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 October 21, 2011

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 October 21, 2011

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

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic October 22, 2011

What Renee said, CONGRATZ!

UB. #9753994

Bojan Bencic level-classic October 22, 2011

Congratulations on this amazing finalist, Laura! #9754821

Stan Kwasniowski October 22, 2011

Laura, congratulations #9755368

David M. Montero October 23, 2011

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

Amanda J. Tanner level-classic October 24, 2011

Congratulations on this wonderful finalist Laura! #9758042

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic October 24, 2011

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 October 24, 2011

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 October 26, 2011

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 October 28, 2011

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-deluxe October 28, 2011

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

Laura E. Swan level-classic October 28, 2011

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 October 31, 2011

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

Laura E. Swan level-classic October 31, 2011

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

-Laura :) #9775837

David M. Montero September 09, 2012

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

Laura E. Swan level-classic September 09, 2012

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

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