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Corn Is King: 1893

Corn Is King: 1893

June 30, 1893. "Waiting for the train (girl and boy in railroad depot; map of Ohio on wall)." The photographer is credited as one Mrs. W.M. Gatch. View full size.


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I think it's fairly obvious.

This young man is on his way to a bare knuckle boxing match. He will be thrashed by Little Lord Fauntleroy.

Posed, but where?

The caption for this obviously posed photo says it was taken in a "railroad depot", but something about it makes me think it was taken in front of a specially constructed backdrop. What is the shelf above the girl's head for? It's only holding a picture frame with nothing in it but a piece of wrinkled paper (or cloth?)? Is it supposed to look like a ticket window? Items displayed on wall look positioned by photographer, not just randomly placed. The floor and wall also look far cleaner than those found in a typical public space. Anyone else get the same idea?

[This portrait was the basis for "The Waiting Room," one of Strobridge & Co.'s many cute lithographs. - Dave]


The caption reads June 30, but the calendar on the wall has March. The clothes the children are wearing are also not very indicative of June. What do you think?

[They're not waiting for a train, either. What could it all mean?? - Dave]

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