John Mealey from St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, received a U.S. patent for an improved school desk. Patent no. 83521 was issued on October 27, 1868.
This model has a folding desktop, making this design popular in schools as well as lecture rooms and halls. The simple construction was durable and accommodating, whether it was being used as a seat, table, or desk. "John Mealey" is written in a golden colored paint on the backrest. The bench is made of a dark, flat wood. There are two shelves underneath the seat that have crevices for an inkwell. The legs and armrest are made out of metal. No part of the desk is compactable or folding.
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