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Antique Wooden Chautauqua Industrial Art Desk, Circa 1923
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Aug 24, 2012
US $169.95
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Wooden Art Board-Case: Wooden Chautauqua Industrial Art Desk Region of Origin: US-Northeast
Material: Wood Date of Creation: 1900-1949
Antique WoodenChautauqua Industrial Art Desk – Chautauqua, NY -1923 Lewis E. Meyers & Co., Toronta, Canada and Valparaiso, Ind. , exclusive producers and distributors of the Chautauqua Industrial Art Design, a plan to promote the culture of work and play among children in the home.In 1886 Frank Beard was giving his various chalk talks at Chautauqua and two young men were inspired to bring out a device for arousing the possibility of self expression in every child. Upon completion of the model the head of the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle, commended the idea and thus, because of the association with the Chautauqua movement, it was named “Chautauqua”. The unique desk consists of two wooden pieces. One is finished wood on one side which has a rim to put drawing paper or canvas for painting. The other side is a slate board for white pencil drawing. The label is Hy-San (Hygenic & Sanitary) and states how to clean and get the slate re-slated. It stated to use the HY-San white or colored pencils only.The hinges on the side make it easy to pop out the slate side and flip over to the desktop. It allows the slate board/ drawing board to open at an angle for art work and then to close together for carrying. This desk is in good condition for its age. The other board that makes up the desk features shallow shelves or spaces for pencils and other art materials. At the top is a running double spool with paper which is printed with 26 pictures beginning with the first The Chautauqua Industrial Art Design page which shows a landscape of the lake, small boats and the town in the background in deep green. This page is worn with spots and a water stain on right side. The pictures dated 1903 or 1913 feature line drawings of people, birds, animals, houses, flowers, fruits; geometric designs; music notes, bar and piano layout; famous faces of Lincoln, Longfellow; Palmer business writing, telegraph codes, shorthand lettering, business forms, blueprints; vanishing perspective; famous paintings & illustrations; flags of the world in primary colors; airplanes over land and water; Pa. lines train; wheat plant and caterpillar equipment; These additional pages have been protected over the years and are in excellent shape except for slight discoloration on the last page. On the back of this board is a map dated 1923 showing the ranking of leading products in agriculture, mining and manufacturing. The states are grouped in leading products – Grain States, Cotton States, Live Stock States, General Farming. The map and writings are faded with age. In researching I found that there were books that were recommended to go with this desk. They are: Master Book I, Child Life and The Home Teacher The patent is 1885, 1895, copyright 1913. Round label HY-San (Hygenic & Sanitary) Lewis E. Meyers & Co., Valparaiso, Ind. USA , Toronto, Canada. Measurements: 22” x 16 1/2”

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