Sunday, May 20, 2012

Biplanes and Trout Tickling Part One

This bookplate  by Nora S. Unwin is from the Gabe Konrad collection.When I first looked at it I had no idea why anyone would tickle a trout. Now I know Here is what I learned:
"The technique was a common practice used by boys, poachers and working men in times of economic stress, particularly during the 1930s depression-era.[3][4] Poachers using the method required no nets, rods or lines or any other incriminating equipment if apprehended by the police or gamekeepers.
Thomas Martindale's 1901 book, Sport, Indeed, describes the method used on trout in the River Wear in Northumberland:
The fish are watched working their way up the shallows and rapids. When they come to the shelter of a ledge or a rock it is their nature to slide under it and rest. The poacher sees the edge of a fin or the moving tail, or maybe he sees neither; instinct, however, tells him a fish ought to be there, so he takes the water very slowly and carefully and stands up near the spot. He then kneels on one knee and passes his hand, turned with fingers up, deftly under the rock until it comes in contact with the fish's tail. Then he begins tickling with his forefinger, gradually running his hand along the fish's belly further and further toward the head until it is under the gills. Then comes a quick grasp, a struggle, and the prize is wrenched out of his natural element, stunned with a blow on the head, and landed in the pocket of the poacher.
In Scotland the technique is more often called "guddling" or sometimes "ginniling". The practice is currently illegal under most circumstances in Britain. A related method of catching catfish by hand is called noodling in the U.S.A."

                                                                Old Planes from England

One of things that happens over time is that you build small collections  with similar themes.For whatever reason I have accumulated many items with vintage aircraft..The first one I ever purchased about thirty five years ago was sold to me by James Wilson .It is an engraved proof . The artist's initial are J.G  
Does anyone out there know the artist's full name?

At the last Bookplate Society auction I obtained the Thomas Howard May plate shown below
It is signed W.P.B (William.Phillips.Barrett) but was actually engraved by Robert Osmond *
*Ref. Bookplates signed W.P. B. by Horace E. Jones

John Saye's plate was designed by Frank Martin.

Dale O.Miller's plate is unsigned

P.Roach Pierson designed his own plate in1932

The wood engraved plate for John Winthrop Hackett was done by Reg Boulton

I will be posting additional bookplates with old planes later in the week
.If you have any in your collection (from any country)
please send scan(s) and they will be included in the next installment.
Lew Jaffe

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

These are all absolutely spectacular!