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Mike Brubaker
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About a Dog

06 December 2014

There once was a dog that we'll call Beau
and one day he felt awfully low. 

It seems his gal whose name was Jane
was out of sorts and had a pain.

Her daddy he was known as Joe
and on a cornet he could blow.

A brassy noise came out the end
and poor old Beau it did offend.

He couldn't help but start to howl,
which made little Jane commence to yowl.

The noise they made was so dreadful bad
it made the photographer a trifle mad.

"Enough!" he cried. "Be silent, please."
and gave the shutter bulb a squeeze.

A gloomy photo it may be,
but what fun it is for us to see. 

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This unhappy family trio are unknown as the photograph has no marks on the back. The photography studio of Kenney and Brewer of Redwood Falls, Minnesota was only in operation in 1896 according to the information listed under F. H. Brewer in the Minnesota Historical Society's directory of photographers. The other photographer was Clifford C. Kenney,  born 1854, and he was active for a few more years – 1896 to 1900 in Redwood Falls and kept studios in other Minnesota towns to the southwest of Minneapolis.

This is my contribution to Sepia Saturday
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La Nightingail said...

You have to wonder why that photograph was posed that way. What a hoot. And as always, your poetry is a winner! Good fun.

Jo Featherston said...

If this was the best the photographer could get, you have to wonder what his other shots of this unhappy trio looked like. Love your imaginative poetic explanation!

Anonymous said...

Another gem. You must have great fun making up those rhymes.

ScotSue said...

What a fun take on this week's theme and I had to smile at your poem. Poor little Jane did not look too happy perched on that tall spindly stool - neither of course did her Dad and Beau looked totally fed up.

Anonymous said...

Another gem. You must have great fun making up those rhymes.

Little Nell said...

Oh dear, how sad; I must admit my sympathies are with the child and dog.

Wendy said...

I wonder if Jane had been spinning around on that chair, hence the tummy ache. Most chairs in such old photos are far nicer, either wood or wicker, never a work chair.

Bob Scotney said...

Well done Mike. Loved the dog and the rhyme.

Teresa Wilson Rogers said...

You turned a strange photograph into a funny post! Loved the accompanying poetry; it was perfect!

Kathy Morales said...

And why put little Jane on a chair if the dog on the floor was to be included in the picture? A fun post to go with an unhappy pose.

Helen Bauch McHargue said...

A very unique photo. Love the poem.

Deb Gould said...

Jane looks, indeed, like she might have gas...and the dog is smashed up into the chair legs (great old chair, isn't it?). It's an odd photo, but wonderful!

Alan Burnett said...

Priceless Mike, Creativeness at its very best.

Kristin said...

What a sad looking trio. I can think of all sorts of disasters that could have happened next, starting with dog jumps up, hits chair, child falls...

Alex Daw said...

You really are a very clever clogs. Great photo.

Anonymous said...

Just now reading this and it made me laugh out loud. What a fun and weird photo! Love you poem, will be sharing this with friends.


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