Here we see a group of older teenagers in Laconia, New Hampshire. The only group we can think they may have belonged to is Laconia High School which was opened in 1875. The classes wwre quite small so you would guess that this was the graduating seniors. Here there are 14 teenagers. This was a public school. So presumably there were at least some girls, so the boys seem to have had their portrait taken separately. Note the boy in the middle wears knee pants and black long stockings while the other boys all wear long pants.The portrait is indated, but was probably taken in the 1890s--perhaps around the turn-of-the 20th century. Prints of cabinents cards like this cost $0.25.
A reader writes, "There were some private schools in that area of New Hampshire back then. I had spoken to a driver who picked me up at the airport yesterday. His family lived there and he was visiting the property (the house he grew up in) and it is now a restaurant. His family had purchased it from a private
school that had gone under. I do not have more information than that. I doubt a public school would have been all one gender. To me, the group appears to be dressed wealthily: the boy in the fur collared jacket and the suits all appear to be cut very fine much better than most images of high school children I have seen from around the same era."
Yes it is possible that the teenagers here attended a private school. I do not know of one in Laconia, but there may have been one in the area. Our reader is quite right, Lacoinia High School itseld would have not been an all boys' school. I thought that the boys might have gotten together for some reason for this portrait, but of course there is no way of konwing this.
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