Grumpy old fart!!!

"If you talk to God you're religious. If God talks to you, you're psychotic."

“In America – At This Restaurant Only One Person Is Served”. (1953)

This cartoon was made by Ukrainian artist Yuliy Ganf for the 4th issue of Krokodil magazine.

It is titled “In America – At This Restaurant Only One Person Is Served”. (1953)

August 10, 2021 Posted by | Social History, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

They say:……………….

They say: When do we meet!?
I say: After a year and a war.
They say: When does the war end?
I say: When we meet…..      

Gillian Allard

June 15, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Where was my guardian angel when I needed him most?

“Where was my guardian angel when I needed him most? If only I knew.”
A. Esquivel, Betrayal

The picture of a Syrian girl, shows her blocking her doll’s eyes, so that she doesn’t see the monstrosity of war.

March 3, 2018 Posted by | Social History, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

John Lennon -“Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

Thanks to Erotixx for reminding me of this one

December 24, 2016 Posted by | Social History, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment



Only a little picture but filled with such sadness, this little Syrian girl thought the photojournalist was holding a weapon, so she “surrendered”. Of course it may well have been “staged” to prove a point but the tragedy is there none the less.

History in Pictures

April 4, 2015 Posted by | Social History, Uncategorized | , , , | 3 Comments

A picture paints a thousand words

Simply put a picture will be more descriptive than words can ever be, but how true is this, if a picture enables us to gain entry to another time, another world, will, like the view from a different window, even in the same house provide a different image.

These images allow a glimpse into another time, another era; but what proceeded or followed this image? As the individuals were positioned and posed like an artist’s model is what we see truly reflective or like the slightly softened image of an aging beauty a less that truthful representation?

I am reminded of a documentary I watched several years ago regarding the returning troops from the front during the First World War. The camera images show a broken, demoralised sea of humanity, young men who having seen sights that most of us hope never to witness have lost that sparkle; that zest which only youth has. But bring on the news camera and that battered returning group came to life, the smiles returned and even though muddied and bloodied their heads and bodies became erect, their arms swung in time and they demonstrated a swagger that spoke of courage and determination; an image that gave hope to the viewer.

It seems to me that even in the early days of photography all was not what it appeared and now in the advancing digital age a picture may paint a thousand words but will it be factual or fiction?

January 21, 2010 Posted by | Deltiology, Maid, Maids, Nun, Servants, Social History | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment