Auburn people in the 1970s did not dress like this. Benjamin Franklin did, two centuries earlier.
This is a section of the Glomerata dealing with entertainment. This is the lead photograph, but there's nothing written about it. I assume it is a theatrical performance, but perhaps it is an artistic recounting history.
It seems that Franklin is in the midst of a good septuagenarian sneeze. His friend is ready to issue the standard reply. Or perhaps he is warning Franklin of something taking place behind him.
What do you think are in those drawers in the background? Could it be the accumulated knowledge of the Carolinas and Georgia? Those drawers might do for the time. Stylish doorbells Franklin was tinkering with? The man was also creating something.
All of modern Alabama and Mississippi were a part of Georgia during Franklin's revolutionary life. Franklin worked in London before the Revolution as an agent for Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Georgia. Perhaps he was just checking out the region he once represented.