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Charles Howell, Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Making a prune of yourself in front of the camera is hardly a new phenomena. With donkeys it was mostly a case of plonking your child precariously on top and hoping they wouldn’t topple off before the photograph was taken. Occasionally someone who might be thought to have been old enough to know better was persuaded to have a go, and the donkey would have to sit there and make the best of it.  This portrait was taken on Blackpool Pleasure Beach in April 1928, the woman in question perhaps wisely avoiding trying to use the side-saddle. I’ve added a gallery of half a dozen similar donkey portraits to the site. In almost every example the donkey is the real star!

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