An illustration of a family sitting around a table.

Family at Table

An illustration of a family sitting around a table.

Two young boys holding a fish at the fish market.

Fish Market

Two young boys holding a fish at the fish market.

Two boys entangle their fishing lines while trying to catch a catfish.

Fishing

Two boys entangle their fishing lines while trying to catch a catfish.

A group of boys with flyers in hand.

Flyers in Hand

A group of boys with flyers in hand.

"Boston Boys before General Gage." —Goodrich, 1878

General Gage

"Boston Boys before General Gage." —Goodrich, 1878

An illustration of a grandfather playing with his two granddaughters and two grandsons.

Grandfather Playing with Children

An illustration of a grandfather playing with his two granddaughters and two grandsons.

Two children eating ice cream.

Ice Cream

Two children eating ice cream.

Boys flying a kit

Kite

Boys flying a kit

A well dressed mail man carrying mail in a large black bag. A group of young boys is coming to greet him.

Mail Man and Young Boys

A well dressed mail man carrying mail in a large black bag. A group of young boys is coming to greet…

An illustration of man on a farm with two young boys. He is pointing at a building with a weather vane on top of it.

Man Pointing

An illustration of man on a farm with two young boys. He is pointing at a building with a weather vane…

Three students playing a math game in the classroom, throwing beanbags into a circle and doing multiplication problems on the chalkboard.

Math Game

Three students playing a math game in the classroom, throwing beanbags into a circle and doing multiplication…

Children mining for Halloween treats.

Children mining

Children mining for Halloween treats.

A scene from the story, "The Mischievous Boy."

The Mischievous Boy

A scene from the story, "The Mischievous Boy."

A scene from the story, "The Mischievous Boy."

The Mischievous Boy

A scene from the story, "The Mischievous Boy."

A scene from the story, "The Mischievous Boy."

The Mischievous Boy

A scene from the story, "The Mischievous Boy."

Boys looking at a sign that reads "NO TRESPASSING UNDER PENALTY OF LAW."

No Trespassing

Boys looking at a sign that reads "NO TRESPASSING UNDER PENALTY OF LAW."

"But who are the little boys with the silver badges about the size of a half-dollar on their coats, who are running to and fro with letters and papers in their hands? They do not seem to be more than twelve or fifteen years of age. Those are the pages of Congress; they run errands for the congressman; and each receives two dollars and fifty cents a day for his work."—Carpenter, 1898.

A Page

"But who are the little boys with the silver badges about the size of a half-dollar on their coats,…

The pied piper playing as children follow.

Pied Piper

The pied piper playing as children follow.

Two poor boys. One crying; one sharing something.

Poor boys

Two poor boys. One crying; one sharing something.

Two boys from prehistoric times watch from a tree as a bull charges a bear.

Prehistoric Boys

Two boys from prehistoric times watch from a tree as a bull charges a bear.

Two boys pumping water into a trough.

Boys Pumping Water

Two boys pumping water into a trough.

Boys running from a concealed swimming hole as they quickly dress themselves.

Boys Running

Boys running from a concealed swimming hole as they quickly dress themselves.

Children throwing snowballs at each other.

Snowball Fight

Children throwing snowballs at each other.

Two boys with a cow in a stable

Stables

Two boys with a cow in a stable

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…

"When dangers close our path, 'tis wise you'll see, to have more than one place to which to flee; to save himself this rat is poorly killed, his only hole is closed: he's caught, he's killed."—Barber, 1857

The Rat That Has But One Hole is Soon Caught

"When dangers close our path, 'tis wise you'll see, to have more than one place to which to flee; to…

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.

A group of children apparently being disciplined for not respecting their teacher or having good manners.

Children in Trouble

A group of children apparently being disciplined for not respecting their teacher or having good manners.

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…

Boys playing with a wireless apparatus.

Wireless

Boys playing with a wireless apparatus.