The Old Man's Head

By mrswoolybill
I guess that accurately speaking he's the Ancient Mariner, but he has always been known as the Old Man's Head. He's a shaving mug, and Bill's father found him in a Hampshire junk shop some time in the 1950s. He has been a part of the family ever since.
He now lives on the book shelves and serves to hold my collection of buttons and cotton reels, I never got round to a sewing box.
Thanks for looking,
Moira

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bluesandtwos 13 544 1 England
13 Jul 2020 7:58AM
He looks a little distraught. Perhaps being storage for more manly items, like pen knives, fishing hooks or the microfilm version of the collectable drama piece 'Debby Does Dallas' would put more of a smile on his face!

I would love to rummage your book shelves, the last time there was a picture up of them it cost me a fortune on Amazon !Smile

Dave
Robert51 14 11 133 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2020 8:19AM
Just love that face...
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.6k 2575 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2020 8:22AM

Quote:He looks a little distraught. Perhaps being storage for more manly items, like pen knives, fishing hooks or the microfilm version of the collectable drama piece 'Debby Does Dallas' would put more of a smile on his face!

I would love to rummage your book shelves, the last time there was a picture up of them it cost me a fortune on Amazon !SmileSmile

Dave


Maybe a compromise - if I could get Bill to sew on his own buttons would that make them more manly?? Wink
Books are a problem... Last year they were piled on top of each other. We got rid of several hundred to charities, which created space that is rapidly filling up again. There are four shelves devoted to the Great War, three for the history, one for the literature. They will be the last to go...
Good morning, world!
saltireblue Plus
12 13.5k 83 Norway
13 Jul 2020 8:44AM
I bet the collection of buttons and cotton reels feels very safe and undisturbed, hidden away in there. Never to be taken out and used...
My mum used to have two metal National Dried Milk tins full of buttons and I remember them being spread out on the table when mum needed to find one to match the one which had disappeared from its garment. It was the task of my brother and I to find the best match.
13 Jul 2020 8:57AM
So I suppose Bill keeps his bead trimming equipment in a sewing box?
13 Jul 2020 9:16AM
A well crafted head indeed, Moira. (Or moulding.)
And I guess it's no longer a case of: Water, water everywhere... as he no longer lives in a bathroom.

JohnSmile
kaybee 18 8.5k 27 Scotland
13 Jul 2020 9:25AM
You mean Bill doesn't use him when he is shaving?
SUE118 Plus
14 8 1 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2020 9:58AM
Super shot.
leo_nid 5 12
13 Jul 2020 10:20AM
sometimes a head must struggle its way before reaching its final destination
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.6k 2575 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2020 10:40AM

Quote:So I suppose Bill keeps his bead trimming equipment in a sewing box?

Bill religiously keeps his beard trimmings in the bathroom basin, where they drop... Wink
Thanks folks. And Leo, that video is frankly disturbing.
mistere Plus
9 23 7 England
13 Jul 2020 11:27AM
'Toby or not Toby?' That is the question. Blush Smile
The mug has a nice mug.
manicam 18 44 1 Canada
13 Jul 2020 2:16PM
Fantastic lighting and mood, Moira GrinGrinGrin

Sherman
dales Plus
7 13 Australia
13 Jul 2020 2:21PM
Maybe one for the "antiques roadshow" Moira Smile Great shot !
Ian
TrevBatWCC Plus
14 13 19 England
13 Jul 2020 2:24PM
How wonderful! I bet it would go for a small fortune on 'Flog It'! 😃
Glad you liked my Beamish, would like to go back there again, but God knows when. Can't believe it's almost 6 years since we met up there. The best bits, other than the photography, had to be those delicious chips from Davies, and the beer in the Sun Inn.... 😋👍
Trev 😀
capto Plus
10 7.2k 33 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2020 4:43PM
An old family friend indeed.Smile
ivor
AlfieK Plus
5 1 1 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2020 5:18PM
Great image - I can remember my dad smoking a pipe like that.
Alfie
Daisymaye Plus
14 25 24 Canada
13 Jul 2020 7:27PM
He's still being useful. After all these years. What a wonderful keepsake. Just think when he's on your grandchildrens book shelves. You best put a message in him somewhere telling everything you know. Lovely image.
davyskid 6 2 Scotland
13 Jul 2020 8:27PM
Excellent black & white Moira
Davy
taggart Plus
18 47 15 United States
13 Jul 2020 8:49PM
A familiar face as it is used as a motif on pre cooked fish packages one can buy at a super market!
14 Jul 2020 3:45AM
I think of him as a fisherman, Moira. And I do,not,let my beard trimmings end up in the sink....that just clogs the pipes.

Peter
Chinga Plus
12 112 3 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2020 8:54PM
Excellent work
IsabelGrinGrin
15 Jul 2020 2:50PM
That's him! That's him! Vladimir Wobblybill Hackett (code name 'Feck'). Last seen escaping from Blighty in a hastily repurposed fishing smack with a suspicious number of ariels on the poop. (Terrible what you see floating in the sea. 🥴 )
Yes, I know I'm working backwards. It's all part of my punning clan. 🙃 🥴
A fine image of the great man!
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.6k 2575 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2020 2:54PM
Everyone needs a punning clan. How would one ever manage without?

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