Saturday, February 11, 2017

Sepia Saturday 354 : The Curious Expedition Of John Gonato To Cleethorpes


The wonderful thing about Sepia Saturday theme images is that, with a little bit of creative licence, it is possible to link them to almost any photograph that happens to appear on the top of your "scan and sort" pile. Today it happens to be a photograph of my mother taken, I suspect, in the early 1930s. At the time, her coastal destination of choice was the North Lincolnshire resort of  Cleethorpes - she met my father there at about this time although they both lived just a few miles from each other in Bradford.  In this photograph she looks relaxed, happy and, I have to say, quite lovely.

And the connection to the theme image? Well clearly we have a nautical theme in both images. The theme image is entitled "Assistant Niki Vasilikis in John Gonato's Curio Shop In Tarpon Springs, Florida"; and the shop clearly has a wonderful display of shells and sea creatures of all kinds. John Gonatos was absent from the theme photograph - he was no doubt out on a field trip collecting more shells and pebbles. Now look closely at the photograph of my mother - in the background on the right walking along the sands at Cleethorpes. Yes, it is none other that Mr Gonato combing the beach in an effort to restock his curio shop. Now there's coincidence for you!

8 comments:

  1. Love the socks and shoes! But what is that THING in front of her dress?

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  2. Same question as Wendy...big round ball not being given even a mention, Alan? Mum does look lovely and happy though!

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  3. I can't get away from The Thing...looks like a gourd of some kind, or a funny basketball, or ?????

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  4. You have a vivid imagination, but who knows? It COULD have been John? As for the ball - it looks like a rubber ball with a rubber tab. It can't be very heavy because she looks quite relaxed holding it.

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  5. I'm with Wendy - the shoes are great! And yes Alan, what is that thing?

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  6. Very clever, Alan, to spot Mr. Gonatos out on the sands. He probably was looking for another giant Baltic puffer fish like the one your mother found.

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  8. You and Mike are both masters of the fanciful idea, but we need an answer to the question about that thing please, Alan. It looks like a basketballball to me.

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