1897 The Strap!

  • The Strap

    Corporal Punishment

    In the early years of education, corporal punishment was not only allowed but expected in the classroom. Trimming (a slang term for getting the strap) was a common method of discipline; the number of strikes dependent on the offense committed. The strap was made of rubber and was standardized in 1897 to a length of 15 inches and a width of 1 ½ inches. It was administered to the palms of the hands.

    Maker unknown

    Cloth, lacquer


    Dark red/brown lacquered woven strap used for disciplining students.