Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Furniture Making

Tuskegee Week continues here at OPOD with this picture of a furniture making class at the Tuskegee Institute. The hats are curious to me and I wonder if they were related to the specific class, or part of a school uniform. The picture was taken in 1900.


  1. Because they were working with wood, perhaps the hats were to keep sawdust out of their hair. Quite the austere classroom by today's standards. Interesting photo.
    -Anne K.

  2. You know, a little paint would do wonders for that place.

  3. I agree with Anne K - the hats would be to keep either sawdust or lint from stuffing or fabric out of the hair.

  4. Nope, thee rules are different here. It's PJM's blog and he can run it any way he wants. I don't reply to any posts I delete from my blog, it just turned out to be a waste of time. This is a fun place to come and check out neat old pictures. For biting social comment, you should probably look elsewhere.

  5. Anonymous, you can post with your name by using the Name/URL choice in the drop down box.

  6. For biting social comment, you should probably look elsewhere.

    There was no 'biting' social comment. It was the simple factual history of the school. I am a photographer and I collect vintage photos, have for many years. I want to know what is behind the photos and I think that's not only fair but a major part of learning. Would you look at a photo of a celebrity and not want to know about him or her? Would you look at a photo of a man in a military uniform and not want to know more about him or about the unit he was in? Photos are about history, especially vintage photos. In the case of the photo above, people were 'guessing' about the hats and the school was mentioned. I just thought a bit of history behind the school and the students was acceptable. It seems it was not and I still wonder....why.

    Thanks Joe in NC....I never realized that about the drop down box. I will do that starting now.


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