This pic highlights just one of the problems with chain store portrait studios: their nonsensical use of props. Specifically, what’s with the red oil lantern here? (No, these kids are not Amish.)
Ah, it’s all part of the era of hyper-posed studio photography so popular in the 1970s. Other clues: The matchy-matchy clothes and each boy sitting with a single well-placed hand — one on either side of the oil lamp — on the stool in front of them.
The kids themselves are cute, and we know now that they were just innocent pawns in the mass-produced contrived photo studio setups of their times. <sniff>
Photo courtesy of Tony Crider