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Going Back — Way Back — to School

Revisit memories of bad haircuts, No. 2 pencils, metal lunch boxes and the intoxicating smell of mimeograph paper

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    Lunch Box and Thermos

    What's on that bread? Butter? Mayonnaise? And remember the sound of breaking glass when you accidentally dropped your Thermos and the liner shattered?

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    Slide Rule

    This seems an unnecessarily complicated way just to calculate the result of "3 x 1 = ?" but they also were amazing devices in the days before hand-held calculators.

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    Mimeograph

    Remember the blue sheets that were typed out by your teacher, loaded into this machine and used to make pop quizzes? Remember that sound of the machine being cranked?

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    Pennants

    They were a required accessory for being true to your school. No bedroom wall of a sports fan was truly decorated without one.

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    Desks

    This was your reaction when you saw your first Science Fair volcano. If you were lucky, you got a desk with a storage space underneath the seat.

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    Abacus

    This was another handy tool for calculating your math answers, or just for playing with the beads and pretending you were doing homework.

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    Flash Cards

    They were simple, useful and potentially trauma-inducing, but they were also how generations of children learned basic math tables.

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    Waiting for the Bus

    Here's a school ritual that is still common today. And officer, shouldn't that sign be out in the street?

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