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This photo has always been one of my favorites. The capture of the "real" farm life in Foster, Missouri in the 20's. My grandmother, the girl in the top row, third from the right, and her brother, front row left, are in this class. The poor children, barefoot, with dirty clothes, impetigo on their little faces and the look of the school marm are classic to me. View full size.