My mother thinks this might be a photo of her first day of school. In this photo she is posing on the front steps with her two brothers, Buddy and Donnie. There were seven siblings in the Allen family, and only two were girls. The youngest son, Dickie, wasn't born until 1942. Mom's Allen family lived in Hamilton, Massachusetts and the children went to the Lamson School. This school closed in 1952 when the Manasseh Cutler school was built. The Lamson School became the town library, and then was demolished in 1961. The land is now an elderly housing complex. After my grandmother (the mother of the children in the photo) was widowed in 1982, she sold this house in the photo and moved into the elderly housing apartment complex.
My Mom likes to joke that every school she ever attended is gone. Her elementary school was razed and her high school is gone. After high school Mom attended the Beverly Hospital school of nursing, which is also gone.
Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "First Day of School, circa 1940", Nutfield Genealogy, posted September 23, 2016, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/09/first-day-of-school-circa-1940.html: accessed [access date]).