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Test Match, 1928
Image by National Media Museum
Creator: Herbert Fishwick (?)
Collection: Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum
Inventory no: 1990-5036/6012/0017
Blog: Happy Australia Day
A snapshot photograph of the Third Test between England and Australia in Melbourne, Australia. Larwood of England is just bowling to Beckett during Australia’s first innings.
Originally a shooting term, the word ‘snapshot’ was first linked with photography in the late 1850s, when it was used to describe a photograph taken with a brief exposure. Over time, snapshot came to mean any amateur photograph taken with a simple camera. Snapshots are informal, personal records of everyday life and experiences.
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Hero and the girl rehearsing among the ruins
Image by National Library of Scotland
Two men in costume pose for the camera. The man on the left wears a ‘Pierrot’ clown outfit: a dark suit with a large white ruff. He also sports a bandana and has an eyeglass to his right eye. He appears to be wearing white gloves. We are told in the existing caption that he is the ‘hero.’ He is looking at the ‘girl’ with a smile and stands with his right leg bent. He is gesturing with his hands. The ‘girl’ is actually a man in drag; he wears a dark hat and dress. It looks as though he is wearing a wig. They stand against a backdrop of a ruined building on the Western Front. It is thought that this photograph was taken by John Warwick Brooke.
Entertainment groups, or troupes, were seen as extremely important in raising the morale of the soldiers when on rest. Most of the comic plays performed would have a simple structure, with a hero, a heroine, and a villain. It seems as though ‘The Jocks’ followed this formula.
[Original reads: ‘OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT IN FRANCE. "THE JOCKS", A SCOTCH ENTERTAINMENT GROUP. The Hero and the Girl rehearsing among the ruins.’]