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By Ericsamson
In these strange times when getting the old tresses sorted will continue to be something of a challenge it's heartening to see how, in the Good Old Days, (you know, the ones that never existed despite a lot of wishful thinking to the contrary) our forebears managed to cope. In this instance we see how going to the crimpers was a much more resourceful and imaginative business combining, as it did, hairdressing with fashion.

This carving, so the legend tells us, is of the celebrity chef Fanny Haddock making good use of crimped left over pastry to fashion a filo fascinator of rare distinction held in place with a stylish strap of shortcrust. Her public demonstrations of cookery were extremely popular especially when she made doughnuts. Her publicity manager, one Francis de Boff, once inadvertently amused a rapt gathering when he expressed the hope that their doughnuts should turn out like Fanny's.* Her fall from grace was precipitated by the nasal calamity so well captured in this fine piece of work. Suggestions that she had been snorting coke have been dismissed by historians given that the method of producing it had not then been invented. There is however some evidence that she was addicted to anthracite dust and was partial to a little nutty slack once in a while. (Works for me! 🥴 )
* I may be getting on a bit ... a lot then ... but I'm sure I saw this episode of Nationwide. I cannot, however, track down a YouTube clip!

Many thanks for the very kind responses to 'Heavy Metal' and to Leo and Dave for their much valued awards. PMs still to be sent.

Very best wishes to all, G. 🙂

Tags: Carving Southwell minster Portraits and people Silly Sunday Fanny Haddock Francis de Boff Hair dressing and fashion Crimped pastry

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sparrowhawk Plus
13 282 2 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2020 5:47PM
great work graham and love you narrative too
5 Jul 2020 5:56PM
"nasal calamity" - must remember that
bodily calamities do happen to statues ... oh, they do...
adagio Plus
3 3 2 England
5 Jul 2020 5:58PM
Yet another one that has had me in a fit of giggles!!!! Fantastic storytelling, as always. Yes, I remember Fanny Craddock and I think her husband was the so-called “assistant “, and rather belittled!!

saltireblue Plus
11 12.4k 78 Norway
5 Jul 2020 6:54PM
The crimped crepe bandage and the falling off of her nasal extremity would appear, judging by her expression, to have come as somewhat of a surprise to her. She has that faraway look in her eyes one associates with a sudden, unexpected lack of smell. Nothing to do with catching Covid-19 in this case...
Poor old major Johnnie cradock, president of the hen peckers club. Incidentally how many egg yolks were used in this process?
mac Plus
20 13 Scotland
5 Jul 2020 11:36PM
The old saying "cutting of your nose to spite your face" springs to mind. Well spotted, captured with nice tones and presentation, Graham. Congratulations on a great yarn!

AkA Fanny


Tooma 5 2.2k 3 Scotland
6 Jul 2020 2:21AM
@Monochrome - "Made in Japan" - that sure dates it, Carole. 😃 Leerry funny.
Tooma 5 2.2k 3 Scotland
6 Jul 2020 2:22AM
I'm just here for the patter - not a bad pic either. Smile
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.0k 2466 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2020 7:42AM
On an only slightly more serious note, the strip of linen under the chin is called a barbette, a little beard. It was supposedly invented by Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry II's troublesome queen, to conceal her double chin...
woolybill1 Plus
15 38 78 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2020 8:03AM
Surely this lady was the wife of Captain Haddock? The fellow who accompanied boy detective Dicky 'Tin-Tin' Dimbleby on his gastronomic adventure in Italy where together they produced the first-ever filmed recording of the spaghetti harvest?

No, maybe not. Perhaps I had better 🤐

bluesandtwos 12 531 1 England
6 Jul 2020 9:20AM
Well done Sir! Well done! GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

6 Jul 2020 9:23AM
A wonderful explanation for this fascinating piece of dark ages sculpture, Graham.
I guess one question that arises from her missing nose is; how did she smell?
My guess is; like a kitchen wiping cloth.

6 Jul 2020 9:32AM
Thanks Moira - I had no idea. A Barbette? Was there once a sixties singing combo called Barbi and the Barbettes or is the ageing brain cell having another of its 'moments'? 🥴 Given the prominence of the device wouldn't she have been better to have flaunted the double chin on the basis that concealment often only serves to highlight? At first I thought Bill was suffering from false memory syndrome but now that such an appealing notion has been put to me I find myself believing it anyway. May we expect an appearance in the Rose Garden? 🥴 Thanks to Carole for the video clip and, as so often, to Tom and others for the 'patter'; a joy and much appreciated. 😀 👍
6 Jul 2020 11:13AM
Great texture and interesting description.
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
6 Jul 2020 11:20AM
Strange how many statues have their noses missing, of all bits to get knocked off! A great capture, Graham, nice detail and textures 😃👍
Trev 😀
viscostatic 15 50 11 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2020 5:39PM
Superb, especially the narrative but I do like the expression on the face too.

Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2020 6:37PM
Amazing image and content !!
Great informative write up !! Isabel GrinGrin

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