For this week's Sepia Saturday photo prompt Alan has given us a WW2 poster of a Rag and Bone man with a dog offering his bone for the collection. Perhaps this is telling us that even the animals were selflessly prepared to make sacrifices and 'do their bit'. The cheerful bone collector reminds me of Alan, I wonder why. Perhaps he and Amy could re-create the scene for us 2012 style.
Rag and Bone men, rag-pickers or bone-grubbers are well known through world history and, sadly in many countries today people still have to scavenge in rubbish tips just to stay alive. When I was growing up in the 1950s and 60s the call of "Raaaag 'n Bown" was familiar in Nottingham streets. We would rush out with old broken teapots or torn shirts and be given a penny or two, a balloon or a colouring book in exchange. There was no recycling in those days.
The picture on the right, taken by my daughter just this week in a London street, shows that the tradition is still carried on by 'travellers'. She was focussing on the rather skinny horse and not his cart, but you can see that he seems to have acquired a few pieces of scrap metal to convert to cash.
Whilst flicking through my albums I found this picture of my dog Kim striking the same pose as the one in the poster. He is not offering me anything, but rather 'begging' for some tidbit - perhaps a bone. The picture is nearly fifty years old so it qualifies for a place on Sepia Saturday. That little dog lived for many years and ended his days as the much-loved pet of my parents long after I had left home.
The only other bone related picture I could offer, apart from an x-ray of my wrists which wouldn't be terribly exciting, is this one of my husband at our Hallowe'en party about twenty-five years ago. The sign next to the skeleton on the wall says, "Skeleton staff only tonight...serve yourself or die of thirst!" We thought we were so witty!
Whilst 'boning up' on this subject I found this little article in this week's Sunday Times newspaper's 'Top Stories From around The World' page.
Italy: Staff at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino airport were surprised to discover the outline of a man on their x-ray screens. They soon discovered it was a Norwegian tourist; the unnamed man had arrived to find the check-in desk for his flight empty - and had taken a nap on the luggage conveyor belt.
The belt was started in the morning and he trundled through the system for 15 minutes before being spotted, but was unhurt. An officer said: "There's usually an episode like this once a year."
I'll make no bones about suggesting you go over to Sepia Saturday to see what other contributors have made of the prompt below. If you have a skeleton in your own family cupboard why not join us?
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