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Class Photo

Class Photo

One of my favorite images from my collection. I'm guessing it to have been taken between 1890 and 1910 based upon the style of clothing. I'm assuming that this is a class photo taken right outside of the school.

All I know is that it was more than likely taken somewhere in New Jersey. One of the children (the girl with the somewhat severe haircut in the gray overcoat with the white collar to the lower left of the teacher) appears in other photos in the collection I was given with an older boy, most likely her brother. Oddly enough, the photos of her seem to stop at around the age of 10 or so, where photos of the boy take him into adulthood. Perhaps she died at an early age.

I find it fascinating that a classroom from over 100 years ago is so racially diverse. More likely than not, the majority of these children are from immigrant parents from around the globe and may themselves be first generation born in this country. I find this photo rather historic on that level.

 
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