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Sep 13

Vocational Education in the 1920s [Lots of photos!]

Posted on September 13, 2018 at 9:51 AM by Bill Sowers


Starting in the mid 1920s the Kansas State Board of Vocational Education published a series of booklets promoting vocational education in all its aspects. Theses books offered young men and women new ideas in fields they might want to enter. It was primarily a photographic tour of different classes and groups learning various trades.

Carpentry, linotype operation, interior decoration, auto mechanics, vocational homemaking, site foremen, meat packing, coal mining, dressmaking, millinery arts, home nursing... The series gave the reader a great look at different occupations with a short description of each job.

We have the 1925/1926 edition of this booklet, "Cross Section of Vocational Education in Kansas, 1925-1926," in the State Library of Kansas' KGI Online Library... The copy we scanned was lent to us by the Kansas Historical Society. The booklet is a wonderful view of vocational education in the 1920s as well as a glimpse of life at that time.

You can view this publication at the KGI Online Library here:

Cross Section of Vocational Education in Kansas
1925-1926


SECTIONS OF THE BOOK:
Vocational Education In Agriculture -- Relation To Our Agricultural College -- Vocational Education In Trades And Industries -- Colleges' Problems -- Vocational Education In Home Making -- The Need Of Subsidy -- Serving Community Needs -- Vocational Education Service For Foremen -- Vocational Education For Linotype Operators -- Vocational Education For Coal Miners -- Vocational Education For Electrical Men -- Vocational Education Or Power Plant Operators -- Vocational Education For Show Card Writers -- Evening Vocational Classes For Carpenters -- Vocational Education For Auto Mechanics -- Vocational Education In Meat Packing -- Vocational Education For Coal Miners -- Vocational Education For Mine Foremen -- Vocational Education For Machinists -- Evening Vocational Education For Machinists -- Dressmaking As Part Of A Vocational Program -- Millinery Class At Wichita -- Dressmaking Class At Newton -- Dressmaking Class At Coffeyville -- Home Nursing As A Part Of Vocational Home Making -- Vocational Home Making In A Cottage -- A Day Vocational Home Making Class -- Meal Planning And Serving -- Evening School Class In Foods -- Interior Decoration And Home Furnishing -- Millinery Class At Merriam -- Day School Class At Altamont