By woolybill1
The bronze radiator mascot on a lorry from the Great War, photographed during a special event at Beamish Museum. The character represented is 'Old Bill', principal subject of the single-image cartoons drawn by Captain Bruce Bairnsfather during the Great War and published in Fragments from France.

Thanks to Oliver for his most generous and valued U.A. on yesterday's Siren, and to everyone who dropped by and left a vote or a comment.

Tags: Photo journalism Black and white Mascot Beamish museum Great war

Readers' Choice Awards are given to photos that get over 30 votes


franken Plus
17 5.0k 4 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2019 8:11AM
Very nice, Bill.Smile

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viscostatic 13 45 5 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2019 8:13AM
This mascot might be worth more than the lorry. Excellent image Bill.

4 Jan 2019 8:16AM
Extremely well photographed, Bill, super subject matter.

4 Jan 2019 8:28AM
Very nicely photographed Bill - well positioned in the frame- have to agree with Phil, probably worth a bit, I hope it is fixed securely!!
Alfie GrinGrin
4 Jan 2019 8:40AM
Excellent capture of this wonderful character
Jasper87 Plus
9 2.3k 158 England
4 Jan 2019 9:14AM
He could filter a lot of plankton with that tache!!
SUE118 Plus
11 8 1 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2019 10:47AM
Super shot.
saltireblue Plus
9 10.1k 40 Norway
4 Jan 2019 11:27AM
He kooks as if he should have a red nose due to imbibing copious amounts of port!
mac Plus
18 3 Scotland
4 Jan 2019 12:02PM
A strong black and white image, evoking memories of the First World War.
Chinga Plus
9 3 1 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2019 2:13PM
Glad to reach 30 !!n This one s a looker Bill!
Well seen, Isabel GrinGrin
TrevBatWCC Plus
11 13 13 England
4 Jan 2019 3:43PM
Don't make 'em like this nowadays 😉 A fine piece of work, very well captured and presented Bill 👍 That moustache would make a good tea strainer...or for straining anything else! 😁
Trev 😀
4 Jan 2019 3:52PM
Inside every Old Bill there is a Younger Bill wondering what the hell happened..
p.s. an excellent shot⭐
pamelajean Plus
13 1.3k 2097 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2019 4:05PM
This is a lovely piece, Bill, and I like the way it sits with the scarf hanging over the front.
taggart Plus
15 47 14 United States
4 Jan 2019 7:02PM
mustache and scarf --once sorted and I figured out why it was on a radiator-- It is a language problem!
Great image of......
JuBarney Plus
8 33 4 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2019 7:35PM
A brilliant mascot and moustache
Richsr 12 91 223 England
17 Jan 2019 2:43PM
Makes a cracking mono subject Bill.
Regards Richard
22 Feb 2019 11:03AM
I like the composition.. A pleasing, strong shot!
29 May 2019 10:56AM
I used to work with a guy in Edinburgh who came to work each night with his RR Flying Lady in his hand in case it came to vanish in the night.

There used to be so many of these wonderful mascots, sadly banned for the danger to the public in an accident.


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