The First !

The First Model The first school desk was made in 1880 by John D. Loughlin in Sidney, Ohio. The desk, known as “The Fashion Desk,” proved to be extremely popular across the country. … The “Fashion Desks” were desks attached to one another and were big enough to seat two or three children.

One oF A Kind

Special shape of the Rettig bench: This model was for handicraft lessons with a desk top that folded upwards allowing the arms more freedom of movemen

Fully Functioning Antiques

The Rettig bench supported discipline in the classroom. This retouched advertising photo from P. Johannes Müller shows the kind of classroom orderliness typical for the time.