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Children of Yesteryear

Click on the thumbnail image to view a larger picture. Examine one of the photographs and write about the picture you see.  To save the image, right click on the mouse and choose save image as. Save it to to your hard drive or floppy disk. The photographs are taken from the Robert Runyon Photograph Collection of the South Texas Border Area at The University of Texas at Austin. The Photo Analysis Guide is included for teachers to use with students.

Fancy Free Sisters Little Cowpoke
Where are the children sitting? Who are these children? What evidence in this photograph would tell you when it was taken?
Mystery Prop Best Friends Flower Girl
What is the child holding? Who are the characters? How would you describe the child's clothing?

Photo Analysis Guide





Describe exactly what you see in the photo
  • What people and objects are shown?
  • How are they arranged?
  • What is the physical setting?
  • What other details can you see?
Summarize what you already know about
the situation and time period shown,
and the people and objects that appear.
Say what you conclude from what you see.
  • What's going on in the picture?
  • Who are the people & what are they doing?
  • What might be the function of the objects?
  • What can we conclude about the time period?
Further Research What questions has the photo raised? What are some sources I can use to find answers?


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