Friday, June 12, 2009

Vintage Photo and Drawing Friday

Forrest Cooper Holly
I have been wanting to post some of these drawings by AP's brother, Forrest Cooper (otherwise known as FC, shown here in Texas, date unknown), but I didn't think it was appropriate somehow. Then today Tracy posted a beautiful collection of vintage ephemera for her Vintage photo Friday, so I'm striking while the iron is hot.
Look Into This
These were drawn for a book he assembled in the '40's about his childhood in Michigan in the late 1800's. This is the cover. The gate opens and inside is the subtitle and the author's name. I sadly do not have a picture of that. It's terribly well constructed though, still in perfect shape, after all these years.
Good Evening
This picture illustrates a story about one night, when he was still a baby and his parent's heard a horrible clattering outside, followed by banging on the door. When they opened the door, this pig was there. She wandered around the house for a bit, and then went back outside.
Pig Thief
The book isn't all pig stories, but they are some of my favorite drawings. The family moved to the South and opened a general store when FC was around 11. One day, while he and AP were left in charge of the operation for a few minutes, this pig came inside, stole a corn cob and ran back out. AP ran after her for half an hour trying to get it back, but she was too fast. Fortunately, she also really wanted to eat the corn cob, so she kept laying down when she got far enough ahead and then he would catch up. Eventually she dropped the dirty, chewed cob, and he returned to the sore triumphant, amidst much laughter.
This story is directly followed in the book about a rant about how much better pigs were in the 1880's then they were in the 1940's. More cunning and daring and smart. I have to agree with him, but he also goes off about how much better umbrellas were, and corporal punishment, and a long list of other things.

For more vintage photos visit Paperdolls for Boys

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