Well, here we are, blasting off on another school year. It has been many a moon since I started to school, but I can still remember how exciting it was. . . all the getting ready, seeing what everyone else had new to wear, getting seat assignments ( we usually knew the teacher, they used to stay for two or three generations once they came here), anxious to put ink in the desk top ink well and trying to draw circles with the compass that came as part of the pencil box equipment acquired from the dime store.

Somehow we always managed to have money for a new pencil box, a box of crayons, a jar of paste, two lead pencils (deciding colors was a big

decision), a bottle of ink (I liked washable blue because it was purple on the paper) and an ink pen that seldom lasted over one week because I was always curious about that rubber bladder of a thing on the inside. Back then the standard school pants for boys was overall pants (same as today’s blue jeans) but fuller cut and a few boys work knickers and wool long pants in the colder months. The popular head dress was an aviator-type skull tight thing with flaps what were worn over the ears in the Winter and folded and snapped at the crown other times of the year. These caps also featured a pair of goggles which could be snapped to the front when not being used. Most of the boys wore high top shoes of some type until they got in the upper grades.

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