Thanksgiving Is Ruined
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.