Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Why Not Have It Enlarged?

What a wonderful invention: a machine that takes your photograph and weighs you at the same time. And even better - it prints the resulting weight on the photograph so that you have something to remind you of that day you had an extra large portion of fish and chips, not to mention the knickerbocker glory. And if that isn't enough, you can have the whole experienced enlarged for an extra three pence. There can only be one thing better: get you nephew to scan the photograph eighty two years later and put it on the internet for all the world to see.

The photograph shows Miriam Burnett with her then fiancĂ© (later husband), Frank Fieldhouse. When this photograph was taken in 1936, they were only a few years into their twelve year engagement.


  1. Engaged for 12 years! Must have been the result of this weighing photo, don't you think? Never seen the like!

  2. They look like a couple staring out the window of a kind of time traveler's space capsule, giving us folk in the future a wink and a smile as time rushes past. And the rules of temporal physics have now diminished their weight to a virtual nothingness of pixelated electrons.

  3. Twelve years engaged. I can only guess what would happen these days. I wonder why they waited so long - disapproving parents perhaps.


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