Thursday, May 17, 2007
A gun and a pipe
I love people and life. This photo is of a coal miner's child entering his house with a gun in one hand and a pipe in the other! He is climbing through what could be a cat hole, wearing work overalls. The walls of his house are covered in newspaper - now there's an idea for cheap and inventive wallpaper! It was take by Marion Post Wolcott in 1938 and i saw it on a website called Shorpy - it's a blog of photos from about 100 years ago. Quite interesting.
It's a shame that there is no more information about this child than what the photo shows - is that gun just a toy?! does he grow up thinking guns are good?! Although the surroundings suggest they are far from a wealthy family, that doesn't indicate what kind of a life he actually lived..... is he having more fun than a rich kid? although he climbs through a hole to get into his house he could still know real love.... but who can tell, he could be desperately sad and lonely instead. It's all a mystery.