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Could you sit on these hard benches with no backs for long hours in school? [1936 Photographs & film] – Skyline Farms – Part 4 –

This is the 4th part of seven in the Skyline Farms photographs series. Skyline Farms was a farm resettlement community in Jackson County, Alabama as part of the ‘New Deal’ by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to provide for many homeless farmers. The programs like these were considered to be too much like socialism in the 1940s and stopped. The photographs below were taken by Carl Mydans in 1936 after the school was built.

School photographs at Skyline Farms in 1936

It looks like this class is enjoying a game of Dodge Ball.

I imagine it was hard for the children to sit on hard benches with no backs for long periods of time.

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Studious student!

Notice the difference in ages in this math class. Looks like they’re learning algebra.

Cute little girl!

Someone was creative and invented some unique chairs with backs. I wonder why they are only outside?

She looks a little sleepy.

This is a lot of students for one teacher.  Look at her small desk. Quite a number of boys but few girls.

Look at the boy with the book against his face. I wonder if he had problems seeing. Most do not have shoes.

Small class with mostly girls. I wonder why?

This classroom doesn’t look well-insulated. I bet it was cold in the winter.

More photographs of Skyline Farms

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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