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1930s & Earlier / 1917 Blackboards Uncovered
In June 2015 workers doing renovations at Emerson High School in Oklahoma City, OK made a remarkable discovery. When they removed the old-style blackboards to replace them with modern "smart boards" they found that four older blackboards, last used in 1917, were hidden behind them. They were wonderfully preserved. They contained beautifully written cursive handwriting for a lesson about the Pilgrims, arithmetic exercises, a music lesson, and some very good drawings to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. They had been signed and dated by the school's janitor, the last one bearing the date 'December 4th, 1917.' It is suspected that the janitor left the old blackboards as they were as a something akin to a time capsule and then installed the new blackboards on top of them. School officials say the blackboards will be preserved for their historic value.