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February 1, 2009 12:06 AM   Subscribe

Worktown Between 1937 and 1938 Humphrey Spender took over 900 pictures of Bolton as part of the Mass Observation [Previously] project. Spender's "Worktown" photographs offer a fascinating insight into the lives of ordinary people living and working in a British pre-War industrial town.
posted by Abiezer (16 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
No-talent ass clown.
posted by orthogonality at 12:14 AM on February 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


snaps
posted by evil_esto at 12:29 AM on February 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


Victoria Wood usually leaves me cold, but Housewife, 49, in which she plays a data collector in the Mass Observation project, was really very good.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 12:52 AM on February 1, 2009


No-talent ass clown.

What?
posted by delmoi at 12:54 AM on February 1, 2009


I was recommending in that in the other thread I linked at "previously", PeterMcD. Fantastic bit of work and I'm usually not bothered by her stuff either. She wrote it too, I think.
Not sure what the first two commentators were expecting - snaps was about the point of it as a social document. Thanks for taking the time to be a pair of chunky cocks about it, though.
posted by Abiezer at 1:10 AM on February 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


Great pictures - thanks.
posted by southof40 at 3:50 AM on February 1, 2009


Bolton, Lancs, not Bolton, Michael
posted by grubby at 5:37 AM on February 1, 2009


Though his former hairstyle probably needs preserving for future generations too as a reminder of grim times past.
posted by Abiezer at 5:52 AM on February 1, 2009


The palindrome of Bolton would be Notlob.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 6:13 AM on February 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


From the obituary, Humphrey Spender was the model for the boy in "The Awakening"
by John' Galsworthy. Beautiful book.

Great post Abiezer. The pictures remind me of my grandfather, who worked as a laborer in London between the wars.
posted by readery at 6:50 AM on February 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


The palindrome of Bolton would be Notlob.

More flaccid members than chunky cocks then?
posted by PeterMcDermott at 8:19 AM on February 1, 2009


I must be getting old but I'm getting a headache squinting at those 500x300 pixel historical photos. Surely he could have scanned them at a bit higher resolution.
posted by crapmatic at 8:25 AM on February 1, 2009


I've not thought of the expression "got a lob on" for some years and I must thank you for bringing it up Peter, so to speak.
posted by Abiezer at 8:28 AM on February 1, 2009


Neat post (too bad about the chunky cocks, but it's to be expected from at least one of them anyway).

The photos are great, because they can help provide a setting in my mind's eye for most of Orwell's books. In this case I'm thinking of "Keep the Aspidistra Flying".
posted by KokuRyu at 8:46 AM on February 1, 2009


Or maybe "Coming Up for Air".
posted by KokuRyu at 8:48 AM on February 1, 2009


MetaFilter: taking the time to be chunky cocks.
posted by homunculus at 9:40 AM on February 1, 2009


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