Football for Surrealists. No. 3…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s very nice word is the verb to traipse. (T)

Yes, it’s that old kids’ book from 1950 again, the one about football with the interesting graphics, Football Parade. Here’s a picture of the colourful front and back covers:

Having already shown you the strange floating footballer frozen in mid-air a while back (do click here for another look), today I think we’ll have a look at one of the end papers, the one inside the front cover. I think it justifies my choice of title for this post, don’t you dear reader?

Yes, I know. It’s almost shocking in its weirdness, isn’t it?
Lots of tiny footballers with massive heads, all charging around the field, I expect they are all desperately looking for the ball, I don’t see one included for them though – perhaps they are all just limbering up?
I suppose this layout is a pretty good technique for showing the faces of the players and their positions on the field, rather than just a row of drawn portraits or grinning snapshots of the lads, but don’t you think the whole thing is pretty bizarre? I do.
I reckon if this had been done today, as an online GIF on Twitter perhaps, they’d all be jumping and hopping, or even running a few steps hither and thither on their grassy green background.

Now, usually in old books like this that have drawn illustrations, any credit due to the artist is usually absent, but in this case he has been allowed to sign his name at the bottom of the work.
It is well worth zooming in on some faces – they are very well drawn, and I’m confident that they are good likenesses.
I say, well done Arthur Ferrier! A little masterpiece of weirdness!
Oh, and by the way Arthur, sorry to point this out and be nit-picking, but you forgot to fill in England’s goal with green like you did with Scotland’s at the other side – it doesn’t really matter though, it’s still a marvellous piece!

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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2 Responses to Football for Surrealists. No. 3…

  1. Dana Doran says:

    Oh! I do like the word traipse….personally I do not traipse much…maybe when I’m headed out to…wait, no, maybe I don’t traipse at all! Perhaps it’s because I make it a practice to never be weary!

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