Vestiges

One of the charming aspects of the P-building was its accretion of pieces that didn’t quite go together.  As the functions of rooms changed over the years, walls, hooks, and wires were left behind.  In the top photo is a tag on a classroom lectern, cataloguing the piece as the property of the Long Beach Schools, from a time when LBCC was part of the Long Beach Unified School District.  Here are a few of the vestiges of former times that I managed to record.

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Notice the peculiar relation between tops of the windows and the ceiling.  The windows are higher than the lights.
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You can see the same design in this room as well (in addition to some of the indestructible steel and wood desks along the back wall).
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In this view, we are looking up at the original ceiling (in the center), the blinds are at the top of the image, and the later, dropped ceiling with its fluorescent lights is on the bottom.
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The door from P127 to P126 was no longer in use.
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The storage cabinets in each classroom were generally empty although these were  good places to find  old film strips and dusty student poster projects.
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Note the flag holder at the top of the slate chalk board.
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Most of the classroom had one of these frames up at the ceiling.
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Several of the classrooms had slate boards on two walls, but seating was so tight that it was often impossible to reach (much less use) the side boards.
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In this classroom, you can see above and below the chalkboard the trails of added wiring, and please note the overhead projector in the corner.
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The study elegance of the Lockwood door closers.
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The climate was controlled by a remote thermostat, but these old decoys gave us the reassuring sense that the heat pouring out in the middle of summer or the blasting air in the winter must be the result of an antiquated system.
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The fountain that never held water (as far as we can tell)
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Empty frames for outdated emergency instructions.

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The cabinet in the lounge contained the hot water heater.  Although the cabinet was ideal for storing folding chairs, it was locked in order to prevent us from putting anything near the flame.
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These units were once used to entertain students who enjoyed the spectacle of instructors trying to reach seven feet in the air in order to insert VHS tapes.  These units provided the rationale for the removal of the slate chalkboards in 2011.  It was reported that chalk dust interfered with the operation of the VHS players.  Apparently, it was not reported to the authorities that VHS was already an obsolete technology.
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