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19th Century Arkansas Boys

19th Century Arkansas Boys

Unknown date of this tintype. It was included in my grandmother's Arkansas family album. I thought it would be interesting to get feedback. Post-Civil War work camp?

Clothing and setting

Someone should be able to offer a rough date for this photo based on the clothing. Are those tents in the background? There is an interesting iron stand to the boy's right and a low-hanging floral backdrop behind the boys for staging portraits. Outdoors? Looks like dirt the boys are standing on. Both have buttoned their coats at the top, a style peculiar to the mid to late 1800s.

The boy’s hat on the left may also help date this picture. His clothing is rough and patched which might suggest work cloths or he may simply not have the means for better clothing. The boy on the right looks like a character right out of Tom Sawyer's adventures. Tom and Huck?

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