Cooper initiated in soot, ash, water and a barrel

Made:
1955-12-02 in United Kingdom
maker:
Unknown

Cooper initiated in soot, ash, water and a barrel Gelatin silver photograph of Robert Leece, a cooper, standing in a 54 gallon barrel he has made himself
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Cooper initiated in soot, ash, water and a barrel Gelatin silver photograph of Robert Leece, a cooper, standing in a 54 gallon barrel he has made himself
If authorisation is granted by Science & Society Picture Library, the credit line will be: NMPFT/Science & Society Picture Library
Contact the Science & Society Picture Library, London, for advice on commercial usage.

A photograph entitled 'Cooper initiated in soot, ash, water and a barrel', taken in December 1955 by an unknown photographer for the Daily Herald.

The photograph shows Robert Leece, a cooper, standing in a 54 gallon barrel he has made himself, whilst covered in soot, ash and water. He is taking part in a time honoured initiation ceremony dating back to the days of Queen Elizabeth I, to mark his graduation from apprentice to fully-fledged cooper at the Stag Brewery, Pimlico, London. He is pictured holding an oversized comb and a brush in a staged attempt to improve his appearance after his initiation.

Details

Category:
Photographs
Object Number:
1983-5236/168
type:
photographic print
taxonomy:
  • object genre
  • image
credit:
The Daily Herald Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford

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