Weekly Photo Challenge: Trio

A Trio of Trios; Beswick manufactured nuclear families of swallows, king fishers and mallards hang in rooms of our house today. They are a once and for ever symbol of an emerging middle-class of the 1950’s, the first home-buyers who wanted to prove to the world they had ambitions to fly free above the mediocracy of the masses occupying tenanted terraced houses that opened onto streets like any other. The family of ducks in particular flew in the sitting rooms of ‘pre-fab’ houses with a Reliant Robin parked outside flat-packed concrete garages or in semi-detached villas called The Gables with indoor toilets and gardens front-and-back in the gleaming expanding suburbs

You had arrived. You were somebody.

To use a much over-used and today, mis-used term, these crocks became iconic symbols of an age.




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5 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Trio

  1. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I can only remember flying ducks when I was a child, so you must be posher than me!

  2. Tish Farrell says:

    I have never seen a flight of kingfishers – either in clay or for real. They are rather wonderful – as indeed are your swallows and ducks. It’s good to see things with a fresh eye, Tony.

    • 2far2shout says:

      Thanks Tish
      I’ve taken a bit of stick in the past about my Beswick wall birds, but I’m very fond of them; skilfully modelled and beautifully coloured and glazed. The king fishers are hard to find now, as trios in perfect condition.
      Perhaps you’ve had snow in neighbouring uplands. I’m glad winter has arrived.
      Kind regards

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