Saturday, December 11, 2010

sepia saturday: john barleycorn


this old photo is a gem among the old photos in my treasure box. the photo was grandpap's and it features two of his buddies. it is so full of mystery and whimsy.

unfortunately like most of the photos in my treasure box, it is not dated nor is there any note of the identity of the two men - but I believe it was taken in the mid to late 1910s (before grandpap married grandmam) based on the message on the back.

I don't know who the gentleman on the left is but the fellow on the right I recognize and his name is steve crynock. I always thought that the crynock family was related to my father's side of the family. but now I'm not too sure, when I saw my mom recently, I asked ma if grandpap was related to steve crynock, she didn't think so. she thought steve crynock and stephen yanoshik (my grandpap) were just really good friends. even if there are no blood ties, the bonds are strong between the two families - for instance I know that this man steve had a son, and this son had a son, and he named his son "shan" - which is the name my father, christened francis, went by. I know until recently, the young shan (who is probably in his late 40s or 50s) has stayed in touch with my folks through holiday cards, I don't know if the cards still come - if young shan is like most of us, he's probably relying more on email greetings than snail mail.

the message on the back, written by steve, is pretty funny it reads:
Drunk again, note the Little Obstacle below my nose, better known as a dislocated eye brow. Which you might see by close observation.
It seems as if I get soused every time I get my picture taken. I always take a H__ of a picture.


to visit other time travelers, visit the sepia saturday blog.

in honor of lifelong friendships and toasting to each other's health, I offer as today's song john barleycorn. this version is by one of my all time favorite musicians martin carthy



by the way, there's a lovely version of john barleycorn on the first imagined village cd. imagined village is the name of a collective of musicians which includes martin - the group seems to wax and wane so.....

13 comments:

Who Were They? said...

Dislocated eyebrow, now that is really funny. I can remember a few boys in high school who grew their "mustache" but that description is much more accurate, lol.

maggie's garden said...

This is a funny photo...with the doll between them. This week I found a box of old photos from my family...back from the early 1900's...possibly the 30's and earlier. They seem creepy looking to me...but such fun going through them. I was encouraged by them...because most photos taken included their family pets...cats, and dogs. I figure if my family had a love for animals...no matter how scary they looked...they must have been loving people. People that love animals are usually kind and loving people...at least in my experience.

Alan Burnett said...

A great photograph, I can see why it is one of the favourites from your collection. I have similar favourites - it is the fact that they record people in other than the set poses of family portraits.

Barbara said...

What a great photo! I wonder what they both are holding? They look like large spoons. As if the doll (or ventriloquist dummy) wasn't funny enough!

Daisy said...

What an interesting photo! I wonder if they were show people? was the "dummy" a part of a ventriloquist act? And the trousers on the man on the left seem much too short? Ohhhh I wish I knew what was going on!!!

Nancy said...

Gosh, I'd sure like to hear the story behind this photograph. I was trying to see which young man had the "dislocated eyebrow" and finally decided it is the one on the right. Funny term. Thanks for sharing this wonderful photo.

Pat transplanted to MN said...

Oh what fun! Yest it does take something to try to surmise who they were, what they were doing, etc. That is one funy picture! You did a great commentary on it. I am not posting to Sepia this week, ran out of time, but reading and keeping busy inside out of the snow!

positive affirmation said...

I forgive myself
As I forgive myself. I leave behind all feelings of not being good enough, and I am free to love myself.

tony said...

What A Wonderful Soused Photo!!!!
Thanks For The Martin Carthy.i've Seen Him Live A Couple Of Times.A Wizard.a True Star.
Imagined Village Are A Band I Would Love To See Live.They Play Holmfirth in February & I'm Hoping To Get There & See Them.
Have A Fine Week.M.

TICKLEBEAR said...

an unusual picture, for which i would have gladly had a drink with the guys just to hear the story behind it...
:D~
HUGZ

L. D. Burgus said...

It is quite a different photo. They were young and wanted to do something silly.

K. said...

They look like extras from Boardwalk Empire!

Don't forget this.

K. said...

They look like extras from Boardwalk Empire!

Don't forget this.

WV: haicist