It would appear that the subject matter being taught in this classroom is a little bizarre. I don’t remember being taught the proper mechanics behind stretching and yawning … however, I will say that I love both stretching AND yawning. Saying that just made me yawn.

stretching and yawning in the classroom circa 1899
stretching and yawning in the classroom circa 1899
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Did you yawn after looking at this photo? I just did again.

By the way, this is a photograph taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston, available at the Library of Congress.

Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.
  • Angry Parakeet

    When I was little (through 2nd grade) we were required to put our heads on our desks and nap. It was torture for us since we didn’t fall asleep but were required to keep heads down and make no noise. This yawn and stretch may be a prelude to the nap time.