An Illustrated history & description Of Schools in the 18th & 19th Centurys.

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104 Old-time Schools and School-books
small a space the children could be crowded, and some schoolrooms not over thirty feet square accom­modated a hundred pupils. The structure was gen­erally roughly clapboarded, and it might possibly receive a coat of red or yellow paint, but more likely paint was lacking both outside and in. The school-
Plan of a Characteristic Schoolroom of 1840.
room was lathed and plastered, and was lighted by five or six small windows of twelve panes each. The glass in the windows was often broken, and during school hours, in cool weather, the place of the missing panes was apt to be supplied with hats. Just inside, next to the entrance, was a fireplace, and at this same end of the room was the master's desk or table—usually a table in the early days;
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