New Teacher Wore Pinchers

17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:  

Monday, August 26, 1912:  At last the day has dawned and back again to our studies we go. Have four new studies this year, so that may mean some energy expended upon them.

He is rather wide, wears a pair of pinchers, and has yellow hair. Not so very cross, but I believe he could be.

Someone (not Grandma’s teacher) wearing pinchers (Source: Wikipedia)

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Yeah! The first day of school finally arrived. Grandma’s been waiting so long for it to start again. I hope that she likes her new teacher.

According to The History of McEwensville Schools by Thomas Kramm, the teacher of McEwensville High School for the 1912-13 school year was Bruce Bloom.

Pinchers (pince-nez) refer to glasses that pinch the wearer’s nose.

According to Wikipedia pinchers were popular from 1880 to 1900, so Grandma probably thought that they were out-of style  and old-fashioned when her teacher wore them.

9 Responses

  1. This is cool to me since I work in the eye care field. I teach engineers how to repair equipment used by eye doctors.

  2. it will be interesting to see how she finds him as the weeks progress.

  3. glad I do not have to depend on those to see

  4. I bet your nose would get sore after having them on for a while.

  5. What type of subjects did they learn besides the normal ones? She mentions 4 new classes, do you know what they were or am I jumping the gun for future passages? ;)

  6. I should think of a chain or string…I never know where my glasses are. That teacher looks scary.

  7. I like her comment, “he was rather wide”…:-) Can take that two ways… but I detect a humorous element in your Grandmother’s notes.

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