We have found some American school images that we can't readily identify. Most American school images even when not identified are relativelky easy to assess as to the type of school. The vast majority of course were public schools. The United States had the larggst public school system in the world which unlike European systems made in relatively easy to attend beyond primarily levvels, although it was not until after World war II that most of the population children attended secondary schools (high schools). The type of American schools are realtively easy to identify by assessing age. Private schools are also generally easy to identify because they were commonly single gender schools and the students especially well dressed. There were of course exceptions. Some public schools had dress codes. We will load the images we are having trouble with here.
This group potrait came without any information although the dealer reports that it came from California (figure 1). It is undated, but the clothes suggests the 1900s. It is unusual in that it looks to be have been taken in studio. American school portait until after World War II were mostly taken outside or in a few cases in the classroom. There are naerly 40 chilftrn here so it voild have been a class group. We think it is a school group because they all look to be about the same age--about 10-years old or 5th graders. They are so well dressed, we thought it might be a private school. But most private schools were single gender schools.
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