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Those are my old stomping grounds and I got a little nostalgic looking at the photos - looks like home. ... common 35 years ago, either, if it's any comfort (although social attitudes can be a bit retrograde in that region).

Oh we still see lawn jockeys, but now they're white, not black.
I was just a little too afraid that I'd end up with photos of Solo riding a sheep across the field.

That also would have been a good picture to have.

Sometimes the "mistakes" (although I'm sure Solo would be doing it on purpose) make the best pictures.
I had an agility judge tell the story of the absolutely gorgeous picture she has of her dog running in the ring at a USDAA trial. Collar tags gleaming in the bright sunshine.
Collars and tags are not allowed in the USDAA ring.

And yes, she got caught. The judge noticed it because of the reflection off the tags.
Of course, she had to have the picture!
~~Judy
It's something every "southern home" just about used to have on their porches or at the front door.

I haven't looked through the pictures, but I'm guessing that you're referring to a "jockey" hitching post?
I just don't see wasting film on a gate list that no one can read when developed as a photo.

Heh. Actually, AFAICT the photographer didn't use any film at all; the camera listed on the pictures I looked at was the Nikon D70, which is a digital SLR.
Lawn jockeys are quite uncommon

Erm... I wouldn't say that. There are lots of them around here, and I've seen quite a few in VA, too, although many of them have been painted white or pink.
I just don't see wasting film on a gate list that no one can read when developed as a photo.

Heh. Actually, AFAICT the photographer didn't use any film at all; the camera listed on the pictures I looked at was the Nikon D70, which is a digital SLR.

Yeah... I noticed that as well. That, or the digital Canon Rebel are my next dream cameras. I just bought a Kodak 5.0 mp, with a 3x zoom, but need to move into the real-world & get an SLR. Belgians are just too damn fast to capture w/ regular digital.

Shelly (A native PacNW'er who has no idea what a "lawn jockey" is) & The Boys
I had my digital camera with me, and really wish I'd gotten someone to take a picture of me and ... was just a little too afraid that I'd end up with photos of Solo riding a sheep across the field.

I never knew Solo was a Puli!
Beth
Oh we still see lawn jockeys, but now they're white, not black.

I got curious and Googled "lawn jockey." What I found was interesting.

"The black 'lawn jockey.' Today considered a sign of poor lawn decoration at best, and overt racism at worst, the lawn jockey was an important signal on the road to freedom on the Underground Railroad."

http://www.phillyburbs.com/undergroundrailroad/signals.shtml

"'These statues were used as markers on the Underground Railroad throughout the South into Canada,' said historian/author Charles Blockson, curator of the Afro-American Collection at Temple University in Philadelphia. 'Green ribbons were tied to the arms of the statue to indicate safety; red ribbons meant to keep going. People who donÕt know the history of the jockey have feelings of humiliation and anger when they see the statue,' he added. 'But this figure which was sometimes used in a clandestine nature, and sometimes without the knowledge of the person who owned the statue, was a positive and supportive image to American-Americans on the road to freedom.'"
http://www.horseinfo.com/info/misc/jockeyinfo.html

I had no idea.

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scene may never occur again. I was just a little too afraid that I'd end up with photos of Solo riding a sheep across the field.

Or one like this:
http://www.creativeindulgence.com/cgi-bin/CIG/CIG.pl?action=view&link=2004-04-18 , BSCA 2004 National Specialty/3.0 TUESDAY/Herding/Pre-Trial/204&image=HdTue 0578.jpg&img=&tt=

(I can't believe how puppyish he looks there. Our national breed club snagged that one & managed to put it in a recent newsletter. Yeah, some friends. I have a copy of it hanging in my office at work. It is my constant reminder to take time to not rush things.)

Shelly & The Boys
Lawn jockeys are quite uncommon

Erm... I wouldn't say that. There are lots of them around here, and I've seen quite a few in VA, too, although many of them have been painted white

Yup - we have 1 across the street. When I moved in 10 years ago, there were 2, and they were black. Only one remains and it's painted white. I had friends visiting when the 2 black jockeys still existed, who wanted to make little hooded sheets for them. I talked them out of it.
I wouldn't be sad if someone backed over the darn thing on the way out of the driveway though. The house is for sale. It has been for sale before and has sat for a long time, when others sell really fast. I wonder if the lawn jockey influences that at all.
Janet Boss
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