Individual U.S. School: Lafayette School (New York, 1907)


Figure 1.-- This photo shows a schoolboy in his classroom. It is an interesting photograph because most images of rural schools were taken outside the school. The unidentified boy is reading aloud in front of the class. The children probably took turns reading. He looks to be about 10-years old. He is standing near the teacher's table, where we can see the the classic school bell, some books, and a cheerful bunch of flowers which suggests the late spring, probably June.

This photo shows a schoolboy in his classroom. It is an interesting photiograph because most images of rural schools were taken outside the school. The unidentified boy is reading aloud in front of the class. The children probably took turns reading. He looks to be about 10-years old. He is standing near the teacher's table, where we can see the the classic school bell, some books, and a cheerful bunch of flowers which suggests the late-spring, probably June. Also notice the black board dome with painted planks rather than slate. The photo was taken at Lafayette School, in Tompkins County, New York. It looks to be a small rural school, but it is difficult to tell. The photograph was taken inside the school room during 1907. On the wall hangs a picture of President Theodore Roosevelt which was fairly common. It helps to date the photograoh even if we didn't have a date. The boy is quite well clothed. He is wearing a dark knee pants suit, but without a tie. Hnd his bare feet don't give any appearance of poverty. Going barefoot was very common seasonally at the time. It is near the end of the year and the temperature has warming up, explaining the flowers.







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