The Groups of Boys ClipArt gallery provides 69 illustrations of two or more boys engaged in everyday activities.

"Sling the Monkey is a capital game, and can be played anywhere where there are trees. One player who is chosen by lot, takes the part of Monkey, and is fastened to a tolerably high branch of a tree by a strong cord knotted in a 'bowline' loop and passed round his waist. the other players now baste the monkey with knotted handkerchiefs, and he armed in like manner, endeavors to realiate. If he succeeds in striking one of them, he is at once released, and the other takes his place as monkey. He must make haste in doing it, or he may be basted until he is fairly in the loop. With players who don't mind a little buffeting this game becomes exceedingly lively: and active monkey is very different to approach with safety, and, of course, gives much more life to the game. The cord should be just long enough to enable the monkey to reach the ground comfortably under the branch. Half the fun of the game lies in actual slinging of the monkey, one of whose most effective ruses is to throw himself forward on the rope, preend to start off in one direction, and then come back with a swing in the other. The branch to which the cord is attached should be of some considerable height from the ground, or there will not be play enough in the rope; and it need scarcely be impressed upon the reader tha both rope and branch must be strong enough to bear the strain put upon them by the weight and movements of the monkey." — Thomas Sheppard Meek

Sling the Monkey

"Sling the Monkey is a capital game, and can be played anywhere where there are trees. One player who…

An illustration of a schoolhouse filled with unruly students.

Unruly Students

An illustration of a schoolhouse filled with unruly students.

A boy telling a group of boys a story.

Telling a Story

A boy telling a group of boys a story.

"Two boys are represented as trying the experiment of touching a nettle. One of the boys has a brave and courageous disposition. He grasps the nettle with a firm and unflinching hand, and such is its nature that it will not sting him at all. The other boy, being rather cowardly, touches the nettle lightly with a tremulous hand, it stings him instantly and he cries out in pain."—Barber, 1857

The Brave Suffer Little, Cowards Much

"Two boys are represented as trying the experiment of touching a nettle. One of the boys has a brave…

"These two boys have just been let out of school, and are returning home. Their father's house is seen in the distance on the right, and between it and the school-house there is a large tract of marshy and miry ground. The elder brother shows his wisdom in going round in the old beaten path. But the younger brother, in his eagerness to get home first, takes a shorter cut across the marsh. He takes a pole with him in order to leap across the ditches he may find in his way. In leaping across one of them the pole breaks, he falls into the ditch, and is mired nearly up to his neck in mud. It is unnecessary to state which boy got home first, or who made the best appearance after they got home."—Barber, 1857

The Longest Way Round, is the Shortest Way Home

"These two boys have just been let out of school, and are returning home. Their father's house is seen…

Two boys walking together looking at a boy speaking, standing near ducks.

Three Boys

Two boys walking together looking at a boy speaking, standing near ducks.

Boys at the train station, saying goodbye to a friend.

Train Station

Boys at the train station, saying goodbye to a friend.

Two young boys sitting near a river bank hand washing dishes. There is also another figure in the background approaching with more dishes.

Two Boys Washing Dishes in a River

Two young boys sitting near a river bank hand washing dishes. There is also another figure in the background…

"One of the boys appears in desperate case; / He thrusts his fists into his playmate's face: / His playmate does not mind for blow or taunt, / He will not fight, and so the other can't."

Where One Will Not, Two Cannot Fight

"One of the boys appears in desperate case; / He thrusts his fists into his playmate's face: / His playmate…