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June 11, 2011

Jean-Baptiste André Godin, founder of the 19th century cooperatively-run factory and utopian community known as the Familistère, was a detail-oriented guy:

Godin's other great undertaking was education, considered, like housing, to be an "equivalent of wealth." To such an extent that he drafted up a dissertation of 57 pages on which benches were best suited for the backs of schoolchildren.

As stumbled upon in an article reproduced here.

A 300+ page book by Godin from 1886, which includes a description of his community's bambinat schools, is here.

No discussion of bench design, unfortunately.