Alan Mays

Alan Mays

Posted on 01/16/2014


Photo taken on January 16, 2014


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Oh Come Off!

Oh Come Off!
So why is a kid with a dopey expression hoisting a giant flower-filled slipper onto another kid's back? It's just another Victorian-era mystery waiting to be solved in this curious illustration from an unused advertising trade card.

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6 comments - The latest ones
Deborah Lundbech
Deborah Lundbech
haha
Love your commentary.
4 years ago.
Alan Mays has replied to Deborah Lundbech
Thanks, Deborah!
4 years ago.
Nylonbleu
Nylonbleu
You are right, the situation is strange, nevertheless I love its antique feeling
4 years ago.
Alan Mays has replied to Nylonbleu
Thanks!
4 years ago.
lisabee73
lisabee73
The Victorians had lots of little ornaments of shoes, but I don't know the significance. It's a sweet card.
4 years ago.
Alan Mays has replied to lisabee73
Thanks, Lisa! I've been searching for something that explains why shoes, flowers, hands, birds, etc., appear so often in Victorian pieces like this.
4 years ago.