Thoughtful Thursday…… Suspicion or Studious

The School Trip

Schools in England have gone back this week after Covid Closures.   But there will not be any School “Educational” Trips this year.  I have always loved the reaction of the students…..  when out of the comfort space of school, faced with the an unfamiliar guide for their tour,  the expressions on their faces is often more of suspicion. 

You can never fool kids.

One day life will get back to some sort of normal, till then

Please Remember to ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

11th March

(C) David Oakes 2021

 

Cannot wait……. Its not a Load of Bull

They say that from April 12th, I can go and get my hair cut……..    and about time too!.

But to make sure that happens, and Hairdressers can re-open, everyone has to abide by the Covid restrictions…so…

Please Remember to ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

27th February

(C) David Oakes 2021

Valentine’s Day……..

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Valentine tokens were exchanged long before the Greetings Card Industry was invented. The commercialisation all  happened in the Victorian era, when  the printing techniques enable low cost mass production of coloured images.  Raphael Tuck & Sons, who had print works in London and also Saxony, were pioneers in developing the ‘Post Card’.  Many of the first Valentine Cards were just like postcards….. flat cards.  True they also produced folded cards with lace trim and other embellishments, but it was the flat cards, at a modest price that satisfied the mass market.  The Card above dates from circa 1885.

Three more cards, from my collection, are also samples of Victorian Valentine Cards.  Dated around 1900 and perhaps depict a further development in art style of the period.

Valentines senders were supposed to remain anonymous, which to me seemed rather strange…no point in ‘secret love’.  But I guess in the current Lockdown life we live, with many folk living lives apart, that many NEW methods of expressing ones “socially distanced” affectations have become the mode of conveyance.  I also guess the messages and the  intentions remain the same.

Valentines Day it may be but our message remains the same….

Please Remember to ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

14th February

(C) David Oakes 2021

Flippant Friday…… Lockdown Humour

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Possibly, like many other folk, I have been spending some lockdown moments sorting through boxes and files.  One of those boxes, has some of my Post Card Collection….. I say collection but in truth they are not that well organised (is catalogued the right word ?).  Nor am I getting very far, spending far too much time pondering on rediscovered finds… here are two of the ‘finds’ to share with you.

The Post Card above, I thought was rather appropriate in the current times of restriction in which we live. It is the creation of the Artist Phil May (1864-1903).  May gathered his inspiration  in the late Victorian era and is often defined as the Artist responsible for the ‘Modern’ Humorous Caricature Cartoons.  This and the image below were published by Raphael Tuck & Sons early 1900’s.  As was Tucks marketing style, the importance and skill of the Artist, was marked by producing these cards as ‘Limited’ Editions. 

Right now, as lockdown continues, I imagine many of us would share the thought expressed below…

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I hope they brought a smile to your faces this Friday morning.

Please Remember to ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

12th February

(C) David Oakes 2021