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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Large British Gentlemen

Large British Gentlemen

Taken in 1898 in Slough, England. My mother gave me this picture years ago; my great-great-(great?)-uncle is the big guy second from the left (H. Atkins). She said that at the time, they were the heaviest men in England. I found the original picture on the web, confirming the name and location. View full size.

Runt of the litter

I am not even English but somehow I feel a kinship with the guys in the front row (except for the middle one). Apparently British cooking must have been better than advertised. Stay calm and carry on.

Front row rules

To sit in the front row you must (except for contrast man in the middle): be extremely overweight, have facial hair, wear a tall hat with a brim and several layers of clothing, smoke, and hold a stick or double-barrelled shotgun. Oh yes, if you can't bear to be apart from your beverage for the duration of the photo-shoot, that's okay.

 
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