Time to play detective once again. We know about the when. The when is about 1908. Now for the where. That’s coal dust. It is all over the children, the umbrella, the house, and just about everywhere you look. That means Appalachia. My thinking is southern Appalachia, maybe northern Alabama just from the look of things. Note the toy gun in the hands of the little girl in the center of the first row. Also note what appears to be a scar on her left leg. A boot cleaner is at the lower left so that is probably mud all over the bottom step which shows white in the photo. You can tell a lot from a photo if you take the time to see things.
“Hardscrabble Kids“; Appalachia c.1908