The panting dog (with its own cushion), hand fan, and kerchief all suggest a hot summer day. The old house probably is in or near to downtown, as it is positioned much closer to the sidewalk than typical of most of Lincoln's residential areas, even of low-income residents. Photographers as well as other artists love composing in threes and triangles. This trio fits the bill.
Photographs taken on black and white glass negatives by African American photographer(s) John Johnson and Earl McWilliams from 1910 to 1925 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Douglas Keister has 280 5x7 glass negatives taken by these photographers. Larger scans available on request.