19th c. Zenith,Kansas School House Photograph

Original 8" x 10 Photograph of a group of Kansas Children from a town named Zenith. I could not locate this town today but apparently it was once a small community that once existed when oil was discovered in the late 19th century.

In the photograph you can see on the left hand side two rows of the childrens lunch pales.Many being made from tobacco and coffee tins. The teacher shown on the right oddly gazes towards the ground lost in thought. The faces of these children or strong and courageous despite not having two pennies to rub together on any given day. That school teacher likely made just a few dollars per month. Hot summers and brutally cold winters made life in 19th century Zenith anything but the that.

There was a documentary film shot on location in the city in 1999 called Zenith. Essentially it was a modern Passion Play about the plight of the small Midwestern farmers using local actors. Kristen Tretbar produced it. At the time there was a church/school in Zenith where it was filmed. The church/school is now abandoned. The population in 1999 was around thirty hard working Midwestern folks. Apparently the film garnished some interest in an LA documentary film festival (2004).

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