Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Freeze-Dried Social Commentary


Same fire, same strip of film, same freeze-dried social commentary. So many people yesterday said that it wasn't the historical accuracy of the picture that surprised them but the fact that it took them back to an age that seems so long past - but an age in which they (and I) were alive. And these lads will still be alive, in their fifties now, still comparatively young. Time is strange isn't it?

12 comments:

Chairman Bill said...

Is that me leading the Little Varmints Gang in the foreground?

Alan Burnett said...

CB : Could well be. The really sad thing is that I would probably get arrested for taking a photograph of unknown kids in the street these days.

Chairman Bill said...

Very true!

Better not mention your other nasty habits...

Valerie said...

You're right about taking photos of kids... these days!

I'm trying to decide if the leading lad is wearing a patterned shirt or if he's covered in mud splashes... reminiscent of the days when I covered a white dress in tar... accidentally, of course!

Kat Mortensen said...

Another great one! The little fellow in front looks as if he has no arms (I know they're just behind his back, but those ragged sleeves...)
These really are great pics, Alan!

Alan Burnett said...

Kat : Interesting question - I wondered the same. Tune in tomorrow for the next picture from the negative strip for the answer.

John said...

Butter wouldn't melt in their mouths - little tykes. Great shot; short pants and sandals, God I still remember being promised my first set of long pants. Different times.

geraldgee said...

Reminds me of Bert Hardy and "Picture Post".

jennyfreckles said...

The kids look like something out of 'Oliver!', the policemen had pointy heads and the fire engines look like something out of a Carry On film! These are hilarious and educational in equal measure. What a treat. Hope you will show us the rest of the strip.

Vicki Lane said...

Love these two 'freeze dried' posts. And especially the high black hair on the woman with her back to the camera.

Rosie said...

It makes me wonder, these little boys seem to be on their own, nowadays I don't think you would see children that age walking about on their own. In fact, when I go for a drive in the countryside, I don't even see little children playing outside anymore, where are all the little children??? We used to have so much fun playing games outside, we didn't go in till it was dusk....

Mmm said...

Oh gosh, Alan, it makes me ratehr envious of you in fact. Of growing up in a time without constant overhead noise. I remember when younger when one coudl go anywhere ans no music. now, I can;t even pump petrol adn not have the privacy of my inner world insulted with someone else's overhead music pumped in "for my entertainment." Yes, times were hard but simpler I think and children and teens coudl be just that!