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Young Sprouts: 1900

Young Sprouts: 1900

From somewhere in New England circa 1900, it's the group of serious-looking students last seen here, somewhat rearranged and more closely integrated with the greenery. 5x8 inch dry plate glass negative.View full size.

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The Faces are Stories

Each of these faces is rich with life and all the lives which they represent.


Another class picture of dour students posed in the gorgeous New England countryside. The bad boys are on the left side of the photo, with their glowering expressions and soiled shirts. The girls and younger boys are in clean clothes, but the older boys couldn't care less. And as we know from the other photo, one of the points of photographing them in the greenery was to hide the boys' bare feet.

Today's lesson

How to identify poison ivy.

(Perhaps this explains Juan de la Cruz's observation?)


How not to do it.

Perhaps a Cultural Thing at the Time?

When I take pictures of people in Liberia, they never smile unless I ask them to do so. They aren't upset, even though they sometimes look upset. It's just not their way. Perhaps this was true at the time the picture was taken.

Then again, my maternal family is all from New England. They would look like this, and if you asked them why they weren't smiling, they'd reply, "We ARE smiling!"


The similarity of so many of those down-sloping eyebrows makes me wonder if they are all from the same gene pool. A small rural school could well have been full of brothers, sisters and cousins.


Some of them still look pretty irritated. Freckle Face just isn't going to smile.

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