One-Room School Lunch Baskets

One of my on-going projects is in researching the one-room school lunch. Read more about the project here:

http://www.trundlebedtales.com/lunch-survey.html

Lunch Basket 1880s
Lunch Basket 1880s

As I’ve been going through materials and looking for examples and photos, one thing that had eluded me was a lunch basket. Although I saw several ads for these, I hadn’t run across any photos or drawings. I saw so many ads that I think there must be different styles, but I finally have found one positively identified school lunch basket. It was carried in town by Alice Salbkat in the 1880s. She left it with a collection of other materials to the Spring Valley (MN) Historical Society and it is currently on display in their recreated one-room school room. Thank you to Spring Valley for letting me photograph this basket and share my find.

UPDATE: There was a request to add measurements to this post in the comments, but sadly I haven’t made it back to Spring Valley at a time that the one-room school display room was open. I hope that I can get back there and I’ll definitely still add measurements when I do.

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+,  LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently acting President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

3 thoughts on “One-Room School Lunch Baskets”

  1. Well it is good to see an image. I may have run across these and not known that they were actually for school lunches. Do you have the measurements?
    Thnaks

  2. I don’t have the measurements, but I’ll try to get them next time I go up. I was so surprised to find it that I didn’t think about that. The school desk it’s sitting on is a standard size two part school desk to give you some idea of the proportions. I also don’t know yet if this would have been recognized as the standard size or shape for school lunch baskets. I’ll have to find more and compare.

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