.The final day of the Spring Racing Carnival in Melbourne is Stakes Day, also known as Family Day. (Everything aka Everything Else.)
The Judges have called for a photo. Our final exhibit, in this sequence through recent days, is an ink blotter from the USA.
Travelling blotter salesman Willy Loman gets talking to petrol monkey Johnnie Bouma. You should advertise, he says. It really works. Give folks something they need - people can always use a good blotter - and they'll remember you, right. They'll come back. He shows Johnnie his catalog of images. What about something funny, Johnnie? Sure, why not, says Johnnie. What about this one - a monkey on a boomer. Get it, Johnnie? Boomer, Johnnie Bouma. Sure, why not, says Johnnie.
What of the original image? As the signature shows, it is by Lawson Wood.
Painter, illustrator and designer: Lawson Wood was born on 23 August 1878 in Highgate, London to a family in which watercolor painting had been a tradition for two generations. He was the grandson of the architectural artist L.J. Wood RI and eldest son of the landscape painter Pinhorn Wood. He studied art at the Slade School of Fine Art, Heatherley's School of Fine Art and attended classes at Frank Calderon's School of Animal Painting...
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