If you lived in the Ozarks during the 1880s, one thing you did not want to find on your front porch was a bundle of sticks. It was a sure sign that the Bald Knobbers had paid you a visit the night before, and had given you a warning. Each stick represented a day, and the total number of sticks represented the amount of days you had to either turn from the errors of your ways, or have your house burned down and/or be driven out of the county
...brought to you courtesy of the Committee for Public Safety...
VERY interesting! I am responding upon first read. I will look at the photos very carefully and read through the captions. I will probably respond in more detail later. As an advertising guy who has produced many a television commercial, I can relate to film making. From a preliminary viewing of these stills, I would hazard a guess that these were, indeed, shot in the Ozarks. They don't look like any part of California I have ever seen. Thank you for adding these to the thread!
This next comment is just to inject a bit of humor--a comment on the film's art director or costume designer. At first glance, those guys seem to be wearing high school letter jackets....don't you think? Like I said, it's not a comment on the baldknobbers. Just a comment on very early motion picture costuming.