Friday, February 08, 2019

Sepia Saturday 456 : At Camp With Monkey Matthews

Our Sepia Saturday theme image this week features a tent, a man and a cooking pot. My contribution features a tent, two men and a bucket.

The two men in question are - on the left - my father, Albert Burnett, and on the right a friend of his who went by the unforgettable name of "Monkey Matthews". The picture will have been taken somewhere in the Yorkshire Dales and the date will have been around 1931, when my father was twenty years old.

Why my father and Monkey Matthews were in a tent, I have no idea, but I have another photograph from what must have been the same camping trip that features my grandfather, Enoch Burnett, and my Auntie Miriam, in addition to the aforementioned pair.  Just why my father is wearing a distinctive bandage around his head is a mystery which will never be solved.

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  1. One hopes they could go home without being awarded marks for good camping.

  2. They may have been "roughing it" but there are houses in the background, so they weren't too far from civilization! I wonder if Monkey had any children and what they would have called him!

  3. Bandage? I thought it was a chef's hat. HA! That poor tent looks like it could collapse right on top of sleeping campers.

  4. There's got to be a funny story that once accompanied these photos. Too bad it's gone astray.


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