Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Antique Image of the Day: Mum's the Word, c. 1953

Mum's the Word
John Drysdale, 1953
The Victoria & Albert Museum

The photographer John Drysdale worked as an assistant to Cecil Beaton taking the official photos of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. During this project, Drysdale amused himself by taking candid photographs of children in the streets of London as the celebrations for the coronation began.

Here’s one of those images.
  This black and white portrait photograph with a white border shows two girls talking on the street next to some steps leading to a front door. One of the girls is holding the handle to a stroller with a baby asleep inside.  Drysdale cleverly called the photo, Mum’s the Word,” and it’s a good representation of daily life in London at the time of the 1953 coronation.

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