I love the composition of this shot, because it occurs to me that, although the boys look as though they've been posed for the event, Albert (second from the right) and his young pal are actually emerging from behind the two older looking boys, rather tentatively.
To me, it appears as though Albert and his chums were caught in the middle of some improvised game or other. Although it's not obvious what the game was, the two scooters and an impressive ticket collector's outfit, open up a whole range of possibilities.
Whatever they were up to, it was being played out in a open field, possibly on a relative's farm, and at a time of year when there were no leaves on the trees. All members of the gang of four are wearing hats, each one different in style. I'm not sure if it was commonplace for boys to be wearing hats when out to play in Albert's day or whether, in this case, they were regarded as essential accessories for their respective roles.
I can't help thinking that Dennis Potter was inspired by this type of scene, when he wrote his acclaimed television play, Blue Remembered Hills, first broadcast by the BBC in 1979.
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