Here's another great back-to-school image. These students are posing for a class picture at the East Barrett School in April 1910. If my memory serves the East Barrett School was on Orchard Road in the Barrett District.
I've looked at a lot of old class pictures, but I think these students look less grim than most. I wonder if it's because they have a teacher who would tolerate a student up in a tree?
Took me a minute to find the boy at the top of the tree.
Marilyn on 12th October 2016 @ 8:45am
Unlike the downtown kids, these kids didn't have to climb up a steep hill to get to school. They had more energy to climb trees.
Interesting window style.
L.E. on 12th October 2016 @ 9:05am
The little boy in the sailor suit appears to be pouting. He would get in big trouble from mom, if he climbed the tree.
L.E. on 12th October 2016 @ 9:07am
Nice student/teacher ratio! "what, you want me to smile in this funny sailor suit my mother made me wear for this silly picture/"
Arlen Sheldrake on 12th October 2016 @ 9:48am
One of the boys on the right side appears to be Japanese or Native American, and one boy is barefoot.
The more I study it, the more I really like this photo!
L.E. on 12th October 2016 @ 10:42am
Quite the array of clothing here. I especially like the little guy with the suspenders. Looks like his pants might be a little too large, possibly a hand me down from an older brother. We need to keep in mind these children were children of farmers, who, many of them had large families and were just managing to make ends meet. Some of these children may have had to walk quite a distance to and from school and no doubt had chores that had to be tended to prior to even leaving for school. At least these children were afforded an good basic education, unlike many of the parents that never had received much. In many instances parents couldn't even help their children with their homework, as they were from their native countries and hadn't even mastered the English language. I am not insinuating that these children's parents were from their "old countries", but there is always that possibility. We have certainly come a long ways educational wise, have we not?
Charlott on 12th October 2016 @ 7:39pm