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1.1.2 Group portrait of Dudley Stone schoolchildren

Stone Dudley schoolchildren pose for their school portrait in San Francisco, California. Behind the students hangs a large American flag. A boy on the far right end of the back row holds an American flag. Some students hold hats in their hands, and a girl in the back row holds an open book.
Photographic Print
Group portrait of Dudley Stone schoolchildren, undated; San Francisco Subjects Photography collection, PC-SF; California Historical Society.

This image was taken in San Francisco about 110 years ago. Who are these children? Where might they be? Notice the way they are dressed, what they are holding, and how they are posing. What is this picture for? Do you think they needed to dress in a particular way? Are there rules for how you dress at home or school?

This second-grade class is from Dudley Stone School, circa 1909, located on Haight Street between Masonic and Central streets in San Francisco. This photo lists the names of all 33 students on the back. One student, Claudine Buccholz, was born in 1903. The school was founded in 1896 as an elementary school and apparently survived the 1906 earthquake and fire. Dudley School is now a Chinese immersion school located in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. More images of Dudley School can be found online. Students will find the dress and accessories of the children pictured fascinating and should consider their value and significance to the Dudley Stone students.