Saturday, June 4, 2011

Do you know this man....?

That's the newspaper headline on the ground by his hat. His name is Percy Button and he was a much loved Perth street entertainer from the 1920's through to the 1950's. He did somersaults and handstands to entertain people when they were waiting to go into the many theatres that were along Hay St. . He was apparently a bit of a grubby chap, and the local paper at the time, The Mirror cleaned him up and dressed him in top hat and tails and ran a competition to see if anyone could recognize who he was, offering a guinea prize! He came to a bit of a sad end when he was beaten up by thugs, not really ever recovering from the experience . His story is really interesting and you can read it by clicking this link  (Percy Button). Also you can tell by the shopping bag peaking out from behind the statue that my daughter has just been to one of her favorite shops Alannah Hill.. it could be that that is making her smile, or it could be that she has her face in a place that might (but probably not) have Percy Buttons blushing!!

20 comments:

  1. Sometimes it helps indeed to see the world, life itself up-side-down.

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  2. And YOU were kidding ME about Atlantic Screw Works . . .

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  3. your nephew and your daughter look like cool people!



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  4. I think you are right Robert, a different perspective sometimes helps a lot.

    Thanks Randy.

    They are pretty cool Cloudia, you should check Aimee's blog to see exactly how cool she is.. it's Midnight Pie on my blog list.

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  5. Interesting story....
    Have a great week-end !

    Pierre

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  6. Ah, magnificent composition and theme and the models are superb! Thanks a lot for your most kind visits and comments. Have a great weekend!

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  7. Hw would certainly make everyone laugh and that's a good thing.

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  8. Funny image and post. The story of the guy is amazing and it is nice that the city honored him with a very original monument.

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  9. Hilarious shot. Street humor at work here.

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  10. love your daughter's footwear and hat. and smile. sorry to hear about percy's end.

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  11. Glad that there's a statue to commemorate the man who entertained so many!

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  12. A sad end but how many of us get to be remembered many years after we are long gone.

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  13. Your daughter seems to have that cool vintage look going, judging by the hat and shoes. Great sculpture as well, Grace.

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  14. I enjoy your blog. What a unique sculpture. Great idea for your daughter to stand behind it for you to take a photo!

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