As Uncle Eddie said in his recent post " I love crowd shots."
Well I completely agree, especially with the gritty 1950's style of crowd.
However one thing I love more than a great crowd shot is a vintage group school photo.
I LOVE them. Inevitably someone is making a hilarious face voluntarily or otherwise in the background and the teacher in the shot always sets the mood.
I think they are an outstanding reference to develop character personalities.
Here are some examples from my personal collection: