Friday, September 18, 2009

Jackson Square

This picture was taken in 1937, and shows a couple sitting in Jackson Square. To me, it looks like they did not want to have their picture taken. The man looks like he is holding a small item in his hand, but I am not sure what it is. I think the woman is holding a small key ring.

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  1. The item in the mans hand is a pocket knife.

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  2. I think he is holding a pocket knife

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  3. Good call about the pocket knife, and upon closer inspection, he appears to be sitting on something.

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  4. It looks to me like those silly Chinese 'hand cuffs' we had as kids. Put your finger in both ends and it gets tighter as you pull. I suppose a knife makes more sense, though. Judi

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  5. Interesting picture. It was, and still is to some extent, customary for my elder kin folk to sit on a section of the newspaper, when they sat (sit) in public places, to keep their clothes clean. It's not hard to imagine dust and bird droppings on a park bench.

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  6. He has a pencil in his front pocket. Sharpening is one reason to keep and use the knife. Fountain pens were expensive and at that time there was no ballpoints.

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  7. it was not uncommon for men to "whittle" a small piece of wood with a pocket knife. i kind of past time for men of that era.

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  8. My Grandpa always had a pocket knife. I bet the guy in the pictuer was cleaning his fingernails. My grandpa did that all the time.

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  9. Agree he's holding a pen knife and my first impression was that he was cleaning his nails. Even today, don't 99% of men carry a pocket knife? It was essential in the old days. (I always have a knife - I love to cut plant slips ;-)

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  10. @ anon, most of the men I know don't carry pocket knives anymore. My dad still does when he's not traveling. It's just part of getting dressed in the morning, same as his money clip. :-)

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  11. They don't look too happy, do they? They must have been dressed in their Sunday best.

    Nice eyeglasses. My husband wears similar ones. He thinks they make him look smart.

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  12. I think he's tamping down the tobacco in a cigarette.

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  13. +JMJ+

    It looks to me as if they didn't much care for the photographer--!

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  14. They are brother and sister (notice no wedding rings).

    I think they are Tony and Hester Pringle from Pringleton who aren't happy about the town's newly appointed school vice principal named Anne Shirley.

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