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I love history — but for me, the magic of the past doesn’t lie in complicated dates, exotic locations, or famous figures. To me, it’s the everyday stuff that’s truly fascinating; the comings and goings of normal people just living life.
After all, as our saying here goes, “It’s the little things in life that matter the most!” So why shouldn’t that apply to history as well?
That’s why I absolutely love this story. No, it won’t make breaking news, and it won’t alter any textbooks — but this discovery from days-gone-by perfectly captures a little slice of American history.
During the autumn months of 1917 — a year in which the first jazz record was released, the Ford Model T ran the roads, and the “Great War” waged on — a classroom in Oklahoma City received new blackboards.
Though it’s a rather mundane moment in history, this simple act preserved a sliver of time that would remain undiscovered and undisturbed for one hundred years. Now, its rediscovery is delighting people across the nation — myself included!
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And though the boards’ style and subject matter might be unfamiliar to younger folks, they certainly resonate with older generations.
Principal Kishore told The Oklahoman what it was like to show her 85-year-old mother the boards: “She just stood there and cried. She said it was exactly like her classroom was when she was going to school.”
English teacher Cinthea Comer told The Oklahoman, “It was so eerie because the colors were so vibrant it looked like it was drawn the same day. To know that it was drawn 100 years ago… it’s like you’re going into a looking glass into the past.”