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1855 Wood Engraving Victorian Schoolroom Classroom School Desks Students YSA2

1855 Wood Engraving Victorian Schoolroom Classroom School Desks Students YSA2

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This is an original 1855 black and white in-text wood engraving of an improved arrangement of school desks -- the invention of Virgil Woodcock of Swanzey, NH. Apparently this diagonal arrangement with a separating partition completely prevents the playing and whispering of the little scholars.


This 159+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. No creases. No tears. No water damage. Please note: There is printing on the verso.

  • Product Type: Original In-Text Wood Engraving; Black / White
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 4.5 x 4.75 inches; 11 x 12 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

The mid-19th century might well be labeled the Age of Invention. New technologies and scientific discoveries prompted an explosion of new inventions which were duly described in the pages of Scientific American --the Advocate of Industry and Journal of Scientific, Mechanical and other Improvements. Some of these inventions were undoubtedly useful such as improvements to farm plows, seeders, mills, woodworking machines, hospital beds, etc. However, a number of them, at least to our 21st century eyes, border on the ridiculous to the merely goofy. Perhaps this collection will awaken your creative muse in addition to simply amusing you.