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Galloway Travellers

Man from Marseilles

Period:
Early 20th Century
Description:
This old couple travelled the countryside collecting bottles which they exchanged for paper flags. The man came from Marseilles, was a tailor by trade and had fought in the American Civil War.

I had gone up to the old man and said – “What’s an aizel (tinklers’ cant for donkey) and he at once pointed to his donkey and said – “That’s one.” Then I said – “You are tinklers then?” “No,” he rejoined, “we are bad and bad enough; but, thank God, we are not so low down as tinklers.” “Well,” I said, “aizel is tinklers’ cant.” “That may be, but it’s German tongue, and if you want German, French or Holland tongue, come to me and I can give it to you grammatical true.”
Place of Production:
Newton Stewart area
Materials/Media:
glass lantern slides
Dimensions:
31/4" x 31/4" (82mm x 82mm)
Source:
Stranraer Museum
Accession number:
N2000_01_31
Digital Number:
SRPG096n
Creation Date:
around 1905
Copyright:
The Artist's Family