After looking at the picture on the front of this post card, then reading the title of it here on the back of the card, I was mortified. I do remember when people in the United States of African heritage were called "boys". It was not a complimentary term, either. And then, to read that these two are on a handcar on a track that goes through Colony No. 1,
OK, I was wrong. Not about it being the lowest anyone could go, but I was wrong in my 21st century interpretation of what I was reading. "FARMER BOYS" was a movement begun by Will B. Otwell in Carlinville, Illinois. http://4-hhistorypreservation.com/History/4-H_Promotion/Single_Story.asp?ps=38
AND.... it turns out that the Colony No. 1 is one of many real estate ventures that Will Otwell undertook with a partner. Wow!! Was I ever wrong. A good lesson to learn here for me.