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    Re: Life on the Ocean
    From: David Pike
    Date: 2019 May 4, 08:40 -0700

    Francis you wrote: It may also amuse modern man to know that little chalk and slate boards  were
    still used in  British Junior schools in the 1950s. I had one.

    Snap!  I calculate I started infant school age 4+9/12 in 1948 and we had slates and scribes then.  I can remember being given my first pen nib  a couple of years later (every child got a new one to last the remainder of their time in primary school) and being instructed that I must lick it before first use so the ink would flow better.  By the time I left age 11, I’d advanced to becoming an Ink Monitor.  We had to mix the ink powder with water then store it in huge glazed earthenware jars and every Friday go round and fill up the inkwells, my first position of true responsibility.  DaveP

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