Clearly this was a carefully staged and posed photo of the British Army barracks in Tralee, County Kerry! The lines of soldiers in uniform had the easy parts as all they had to do was stand still, but those under the command of the Gym Sergeant had to do squats and hold them while Mr. French clicked his lens.
Photographer: Robert French
Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection
Date: Circa 1865 - 1914
NLI Ref: L_IMP_4026
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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons