This large cardboard backed photo (detail above, full scan below) was taken by Yeoman & Company in Prahran in the late part of the nineteenth century. Yeoman & Co. had a studio at 47 Chapel St Prahran from 1884-91 and were also located in East Melbourne, Richmond and South Melbourne around the same time.
Ten girls, four boys and two adults appear in the image, in unsmiling static poses typical of the era. Their demeanour is such a contrast to the festive and fun nature of a May Festival and a maypole dance. Despite its poor condition, I really love this photo, with its sweet costumes, hats and the marvellous ribbons of the may pole.