Thursday, December 4, 2014

Sepia Saturday: Ralph Alford is arrested

Remember when boys were enthralled by 'Cowboys and Indians'? Remember when the Saturday matinees in every town (before the era of TV) had serials like 'Hopalong Cassidy'. Remember when boys were given cowboy hats and holsters and guns for Christmas?

My husband's Grandpa Alford was happy to join in the fun when his grandsons, David and Roger Larkin, arrested him. Another little cousin, Joan Fisher, looks on. It must be about 1959. The place is Grandpa and Grandma Alford's dairy farm at Mologa in northern Victoria. All of the cousins have very happy memories of times spent at the farm.

"Hands up, Grandpa"
This post is in response to Sepia Saturday's theme photo in which there is a child in cowboy costume has lassoed his father. What will other bloggers do with the theme I wonder?

17 comments:

  1. Do small boys still play at being cowboys? Those two look to be having fun with their grandpa.

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  2. What great fun. And no respectable Australian house was complete without a verandah over its entrance.

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  3. I was surprised that Hopalong Cassidy was known in Australia. I actually saw Hopalong Cassidy in person once when I was very young. I was disappointed because he looked too old and fat to me.

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  4. At first I thought there was a baby crawling behind your grandfather and about to trip him up if he stepped backward but after looking closer, I see it was a shadow.

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  5. What I remember most about playing cowboys (or cowgirls as the case may be) is the part about "let's pretend" as in "Let's pretend your bullet ricocheted off the handle of my gun so I'm not really dead." Ah, the good old days of pretending! Wish we had them back.

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  6. Playing at cowboys and Indians was such a natural part of boyhood at one stage and I remember as a family, including my brother, sitting around the TV watching "Hopalong Cassidy" and "The Lone Ranger". It now seems a tradition from the past.

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  7. Spot on with this week’s theme and thank goodness Grandpa didn’t put up any resistance.

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  8. Postcardy says she saw Hopalong Cassidy -- and I saw the Lone Ranger live -- and Tonto, of course. It was a double-header; for it also had Annie Oakley...boy, those were the days!

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  9. I was a cowboy and Indisn playing girl who loved the Lone Ranger and Tonto! Great photo and happy memories.

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  10. Arrested in his slippers -- how humiliating! LOL
    PS -- I think Kristin was right the first time. That IS a baby.

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  11. Roy Rogers and Dale Evans were my favorites! Great photo of Grandpa having fun with the boys!

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  12. Hopalong Cassidy and Gene Autry were Saturday morning favourites of mine in the local village hall when I was a young boy. They was always an argument between us as who was to be Hopalong. Great picture.

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  13. Cute, fun photo! Brings back memories of my younger brothers playing cowboys!

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  14. ahh today with all the politically correct souls the boys would be discouraged from gun toting...it looked and was great fun then though...

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  15. I had forgotten all about the Saturday morning cinema shows until you reminded me. Thanks for taking me on a tour to my past

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  16. I didn't see the slippers Wendy...that's funny! I thought Grandpa was going to fall back on something too Kristin. Great photo Lorraine. I don't remember playing cowboys and Indians at all...thought I know my husband and his sisters did. One seemed to be permanently tied to the hills hoist from the stories I've heard.

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Lorraine