"This group of pictures were all in one box labeled 'Old School.' Most of them are copies that Mr. (John Holly) Williams made for customers.This is five rows of children. They all may be related. Notice that not many are smiling. This picture was very worn before Mr. Williams made this copy. No other information is known." -- Library caption
Yet another thought-provoking photo from the "Old School" collection that sparks the imagination as to who these 36 children were, from whence they came and the occasion for the photograph. (The book in the hands of the little boy on the front row suggests to me these may students of a one-room school house.) It is very difficult even to guess at the date, though it is probably safe to say that it is from the late 1800s, early 1900s.
As always, if anyone has information as to their identities or where they were from, please leave a message here or on my Facebook page.