Alan Mays

Alan Mays

Posted on 09/10/2014


Photo taken on September 10, 2014


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Grumpy and Grouchy

Grumpy and Grouchy
A 35 mm slide for the Vintage Photos Theme Park.

I believe that this couple is related to the Pipe-Smoking Man, who smokes a pipe, wears yellow socks, and appears in some other slides I've posted (see, for instance, The Silence in the Room Was Deafening, below left).

This woman and man, who may have been Pipe-Smoking Man's parents or in-laws, didn't always seem to be in such bad moods. Take a look at Here's the Lady You Ordered! (below right) to see the hilarity that ensued as the man and another fellow carried the woman through a doorway into a house (judging by the corsage that the woman was wearing and the flower in the man's lapel, I suspect that they were celebrating a wedding anniversary).

I wasn't able to see a date or determine who's on the cover of the Life magazine on the coffee table, and it looks like there's also a Toby jug on the table near the magazine.

Update: Thanks go to goenetix for identifying the Life magazine issue! It was published on October 9, 1950, and that's British actress Jean Simmons on the cover. See the comments section below for additional details.

The Silence in the Room Was Deafening Here's the Lady You Ordered! Where Do You Want Us to Put Her?

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10 comments - The latest ones
goenetix
goenetix
Life Magazine,
October 8, 1950, Jean Simmons.
You are welcome :)
www.coverbrowser.com/image/life/725-1.jpg
4 years ago. Edited 4 years ago.
Alan Mays has replied to goenetix
What the heck? How'd you do that? I'm going to compare it with an enlarged version of the photo later, but it sure looks like the same Life magazine issue! Thanks!!!
4 years ago.
goenetix
goenetix
Coverbrowser.com is a great tool to start with. It took me five minutes to scan the 1950s, looking for a b/w photo of a woman with bare shoulders.
4 years ago.
Alan Mays has replied to goenetix
I pulled out the magazine from the rest of the image and fiddled with it a bit in order to compare it with the cover from Cover Browser (see below). I'd say that it's definitely a match! Thanks again!

Life Magazine in Grumpy and Grouchy Slide
4 years ago.
goenetix
goenetix
The old man is a spitting image of the late Czechoslovakian president Gustav Husák.
bit.ly/1uJNzpI
4 years ago. Edited 4 years ago.
Alan Mays has replied to goenetix
Ha ha, it's no wonder that he doesn't look too happy! 8-)
4 years ago.
RicksPics
RicksPics
Who sneaked in and took a pic of me and the missus??
4 years ago.
Alan Mays has replied to RicksPics
Ha ha!
4 years ago.
Deborah Lundbech
Deborah Lundbech
haha. Miserable looking couple. And they seem to have spawned a miserable child and in-law. lol
4 years ago.
Alan Mays has replied to Deborah Lundbech
Well, to be honest, I do have some slides that show them all looking less glum, but they're not as interesting as the ones where they appear to be rather dejected. 8-)
4 years ago.