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Barefoot Boy: 1902

Barefoot Boy: 1902

New Zealand circa 1902. "Unidentified family group outdoors, probably Christchurch district." Glass negative by Adam Maclay. View full size.

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Emotion recorded for posterity

This boy has a lot to complain about! First, they put a bowl on his head and cut around it. Then, they make him wear a cut off union suit with a serving platter on his head. Next, he surely had to stand still while Grandma and Aunts Sally and Effie kissed him and told him how cute he looked!

No doubt, when he got home, he tore the clothing off and scrubbed his face clean of the kisses!


I think we are looking at an inbreeding situation that is staring to go amok.

Sharp eyes

... and bare feet

Make the family complete!

Aunt Polly

Looks like two different families split left and right, all with inherited faces and expressions. The center boy doesn't seem to resemble any of them. While on his way to fish with Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, he is angry at being snatched by the ear and forced to sit with these people.

Meet the Glumms

Scary eyes seem to be a family feature!

Awww, Ma!

You got shoes, Granny's got shoes, even Hermione has shoes ... everybody's got shoes but me!

But when asked

his sister said, "No thanks, I'd rather skip it."

Timeless expression

He doesn't mind posing with a bunch of girls so much but making him wear his Grandma's hat was just too much!


"I'll get you for making me wear this stupid hat"

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