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Mid-Century School Desk - Red Metal with Flat Top  - Unique Little Side Table

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It was a fine spring day back in 1965 at Booksin Elementary School but Roy Goble was not in the best of moods. He lifted his school desk top and threw his lunch bag in with little regard for the peanut butter and grape jelly sandwich that it held. Not even the promise of the cellophane wrapped Twinkie could quell his anger. He slammed his hand down on the desktop, crossed his arms in disgust--frustrated with his unbelieving classmates. Sure he may have stretched the truth now and again, but what fourth grader hadn’t? But when a kid says his mom is going to pick him up from school in a Rolls Royce and swears on his bag of marbles, that’s pretty serious. Only his best friend Greg actually believed Roy’s proclamation. After all, Greg lived down the street from Roy and he’d seen firsthand many amazing things take place at the Goble home.

By the time the clock struck 2:55 and the bell rang, Roy’s anger had turned to resolve. He tapped Greg on the shoulder and without a word the two of them quietly gathered their books and walked single-file toward the door, heads held high, ignoring the giggles and snickers of their schoolmates. The two boys stood at attention on the curb like two sailors awaiting their ship coming to port while several of the other kids were still slinging insults. But unbelievers all fell silent and their jaws dropped as the long, silver Rolls slowly came along side the two boys. Without a word, Roy opened the back door and slid inside. Greg got in next to him and as the car eased away from the curb he smiled and waved at the cast of characters who were watching in disbelief from the curb. Roy would have none of that, he stared straight ahead and began to eat his saved Twinkie in dignity and grace.

Here's a super cute little school desk ripe for re-purpose as a side table or nightstand. It has a steel base with four legs that has been painted Fire Engine Red with a laminate flat top that opens for storage inside. It is 27.5" tall, 23.75" wide and 17.5" deep with a 5" high storage area under the desk. The top has a pencil slot and there is a pencil tray inside as well. We think this desk is from the 1960s. It was designed for elementary school children with approx. 21" (legroom) from floor to bottom of the storage area. The top hinges up but was not designed to stay open.

This desk is in very good vintage condition. The exterior has been recently repainted with a glossy red enamel while the interior remains the original beige. The laminate top has some small chip on the edges but is otherwise clean and free of any major issues.

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SHIPPING NOTE- This is a heavy, bulky item and will ship via FedEx Ground to the lower 48 United States only. No International, Hawaii or Alaska Shipping on this item. Please provide a physical street address for shipping. Shipping rate quoted is for shipping to East coast, residential address. If you are located in the West or Midwest and/or you have a commercial shipping address we might be able to ship for less. You can Convo us with your address and we can check shipping rates.

Mid-Century School Desk - Red Metal with Flat Top - Unique Little Side Table


  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Materials: wood, metal
  • Only ships within United States.
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