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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Modern Technology - Early 1940's Style

Many of today's schools boast fancy computer labs, school wide wireless internet service, and even lap top computers for the students to use in school and at home. We are truly living in the age of modern technology.

All of which got me to thinking as I was looking through some old Tuckerton School photos in the Tuckerton Historical Society's photo collection. Seems as if our little Tuckerton Grade School was at the cusp of modern technology way back in the early 1940's as evidenced by the following October, 1943 photo and newspaper article.

I find it amazing that elementary school pupils in little old Tuckerton would have access to a program that I didn't have until I took typing in High School in the early 1960's. And they all look so well behaved!

Linda Schneider, Margie Krusner (left desks, l-r); Audrey Lecech, Pat Stevens, Judy Cranmer & Mary Ann Mott (back desks, l-r); Joan Stein, Jay Gerber, Pam Mathis & Barry Jillson (front desks, l-r). Photo courtesy of the Tuckerton Historical Society.

Unfortunately, the second part of the article was missing, but you get the idea. Principal Spragg was able to procure typewriters for his elementary school students, giving them a leg up in the competitive world of education. I wonder how these lucky students fared in their educational journey through Tuckerton High School and beyond. Does anyone out in the Blog-O-Sphere have any news about them?

Pete S


  1. It is really nice to learn they were actually using such a new technology in those times, especially considering that Tuckerton is just a small point in the immensity of the United States...
    I just wanted to mention that I enjoy the historical emphasis in your blog, 'cause it permits us to get to know some of the things we tend to omit on these rushy and accelerated times. After all, we would not be who we are without our historical background.

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