It is once again time to visit my friend Graham. Pip and Christian will be holding down the fort in the mean time. I will return on June 21st. Be advised that any comments for Ron or “Administrator” will not be approved or answered until I return.
The Garage Press Site at Long Last: When I first heard about Graham Ovenden’s recent publishing efforts, I searched in earnest for any sign on the internet—all to no avail. I am pleased to announce that the official Garage Press website is now in place. Although the purpose of the publishing enterprise is to provide high end museum-quality books, now serious collectors willing to pay for quality will have a chance to order these books as well. Please note that these books cover a range of artistic and academic subjects and do not just focus on young girls. Also, serious postcard collectors will have the opportunity to contribute in an upcoming project about the multitude of wonderful Victorian and Edwardian postcards. You can visit the site here.
Father-Daughter Bonding: Pip found this charming video of a father who learned to do his daughter’s hair.
The Flying Squirrel: I got this lead a while ago and, for some reason, did not get around to publishing it. This one is about a kind of prodigy surfer. You can get started with this video, but there is plenty more on this amazing athlete.
More Medical Contrivances? Ever since I brought up this concept, Moko has been digging around for more examples. He found an interesting photo of a school medical exam in the Soviet Union in 1932. At first he was not sure if it was a medical contrivance. But a little research revealed that the girls did not actually need to be naked for the procedures shown. However, it is possible that having children disrobe for exams was customary for Russia at the time (perhaps to spot other conditions). It seems that students normally wore underwear for the exams except for during a brief and private session with the doctor. Here’s a link to the Russian exam board that references the photo (Note the post dated 15.08.15 01:27). And here’s an example of the boys’ exam.
The Challenges of Lists: I feel we got a good start on the Pigtails films archive, but I am beginning to realize the challenge of deciding whether or not the girl is a substantive part of a film. Even films centered around a little girl may simply be following a Hollywood formula and hardly worthy of note (unless you just happen to be a fan of that particular actress). In the next year, I am planning to add some small comment to each entry, giving readers a better idea of whether a film is worth watching. I would also like to thank those who have so far offered leads that I have missed.