Yes, it was in an old cardboard box…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected colours are: highwayman heliotrope, pirate pink, mugger mauve, bounder brown, mountebank magenta, villain violet, and postman puce.
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The council people came yesterday and emptied the blue recycling bin. I wheeled it back in and thought that it would be a good idea to get rid of some unwanted paper, cardboard, and anything recyclable, before it went back in the garden.
Now then, what’s this dusty old cardboard box? Oh, it’s full of bulging envelopes containing old receipts, bank statements from twenty years ago, used cheque books, bank paying-in books – I think this lot can go straight in the blue bin!
Hello? What’s this at the bottom of the box? A large piece of good quality paper, folded into four, to fit in the box – let’s unfold it and see what it is? An old naval chart of part of the Irish Sea, showing depth soundings and bits of coastline! I have no idea where this came from, and why I should have it – in the blue bin with it! Silly thing!
I think I’ll rip up the box now that it is…
Now, what is this? A piece of thin plywood has been placed in the bottom to strengthen it against the weight of all that bureaucracy. It’s not rectangular though – it’s sort of shield-shaped. Oh look, the other side has something painted on it…

I have only a vague recollection of making this. It is obviously part of a stage set from my days of theatre set design and construction – it was probably a play for children. Perhaps it depicts an evil, but cheeky pirate rat? It looks like this might have been hung over the upstage fireplace in the main room of a spooky and gloomy ancient castle. Below there would probably have been a roaring log fire in the grate, with painted licking red and yellow flames – perhaps with a bulbous bubbling iron cauldron hanging over it?…
Should I throw it out?
No, I think I might rub the dust off it, fasten a string on the back and hang it on a wall. It will remind me of all those tedious theatre sets I used to knock up… Actually I have seen worse scene painting!…

There, that looks quite nice, doesn’t it?
The framed items below are a couple of those publicity photos that they used to put outside cinemas many many years ago. They are both from ‘Carry On‘ films. (click)

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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5 Responses to Yes, it was in an old cardboard box…

  1. Jheron Bash says:

    Oh no, you couldn’t throw that away, could you? Seeing it every day you might even remember what play it came from. Or not!
    Could it be that seminal work, “Montague & the Mouse Pirates”?

  2. David Manley says:

    Just got round to this Dave…cheered me up after a bit of a down day! cheers matey!

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