The first thing I noticed about this class photo was how stern all the boys look. That isn’t exactly normal for a group of 29 little boys. Then I realized that no one is blinking or fidgeting, which is pretty amazing. Whatever the photographer said to them, it definitely got their attention.
Another striking thing about this cabinet card portrait is how closely cropped it is on all four sides. Only on top is there any space not occupied by people, and there isn’t much of it. I’d love to see a little more of the school building, but that wasn’t a priority at the time.
The portrait was made by M. Pearlmann & Co. of Glasgow and Paisley. On the back, someone wrote a date in pencil: “13.X.00” (October 13, 1900). The printed word JUBILEE is a reference to Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee (60 year reign), celebrated on June 22, 1897.
Here’s a question for my readers: do you think the young woman in the photo had a rewarding job or an exhausting one? I suspect most of the boys had a crush on her, which may have made it easier–or harder.
Update: M. Pearlmann was Moshe (Maurice) Pearlmann. One of his sons, Leonard, also became a photographer: https://www.geni.com/people/Leonard-Pearlman/6000000028150243482