Little is known about this image. The setting is a photographer’s studio, because we can see a backdrop behind the figures. The two young men are both wearing working men’s clothes, rather than sporting attire. Judging by the photographic process (ambrotype) and the style of the clothes and the brass mat, this ambrotype probably dates to the Civil War period (1861-65) or possibly the late 1850’s. We do not know who the photographer and the two men were.