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tablecloths

Post by michael scuffil » Fri Feb 22, 2008 10:38 am

There is currently on ebay a CH postcard illustrating the Horsham dining hall, with tablecloths. Does anyone know when these were abolished? Certainly by 1955 (except for Christmas dinner and Christmas tea). I remember Mr A.L. Johnstone (himself a long-serving Hall Warden) once saying: "Yes, and you should've seen 'em after two meals!"

When I was there, the table surfaces were wood. In the 1970s (I think) they were covered in formica, in the mistaken belief that this was more hygienic. (It has since been shown that wood contains a natural antiseptic, which presumably formica doesn't.)
Th.B. 27 1955-63

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