Monday, January 31, 2011
One of the photos to caption on the Cheezburger site is this very strange one.
I Googled the guy's name at the bottom and could learn only that he was an Edwardian actor. And I think the photo dates to 1906.
I saw someone else had blogged it and wrote only, "I wish I could find a reasonable explanation for this photo."
We can assume it has something to do with a theatrical production titled "The Little Stranger." Right?
It looks totally off the charts in terms of contemporary mores and values, but who knows. Maybe their outre sense of humor in that time period blinkered them to the fact that this was a questionable way (at best) to photograph a kid.
But then I guess kids weren't exactly handled with kid gloves in the Edwardian era.
They were down in coal mines all over the place too.
But one wonders if there is a lost dramatic work that is so fucked up that it might be interesting to read?
I'm wondering if maybe it was just another "garden variety" Freaky Friday body/soul switching plot?
God knows we've suffered through decades of that hackneyed "plot."
Maybe it goes back further than I realized.