E.J.Wilkins

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Dream Weekend


Bill Matthews with his Miniature Fairground Organ and monkey.

Sheltering from the rain in an alleyway between two shops is Bill Matthews. He's a lovely man and is often seen at fundraising events.

Just beneath his left had is the card slot, and you can just about see the card emerging near the handle. The cards are difficult to get now so are quite precious.

This is another picture from the Dream Weekend charity fundraiser, for ~ Dreams Come True ~, which aims to make a child's dream come true every day, and they say "No dream is too big or too small for Dreams Come True" .

The weather was awful; it was cold, wet and windy, but it didn't completely dampen spirits and a lot of people were there enjoying themselves and giving generously.

The website for the weekend is here http://www.thedreamsweekend.com
.

Dream Weekend


Bill Matthews with his Miniature Fairground Organ and monkey.

Sheltering from the rain in an alleyway between two shops is Bill Matthews. He's a lovely man and is often seen at fundraising events.

Just beneath his left had is the card slot, and you can just about see the card emerging near the handle. The cards are difficult to get now so are quite precious.

This is another picture from the Dream Weekend charity fundraiser, for ~ Dreams Come True ~, which aims to make a child's dream come true every day, and they say "No dream is too big or too small for Dreams Come True" .

The weather was awful; it was cold, wet and windy, but it didn't completely dampen spirits and a lot of people were there enjoying themselves and giving generously.

The website for the weekend is here http://www.thedreamsweekend.com
.

comments (13)

  • Kay
  • Wet and rainy Pacific Northwest
  • 15 Dec 2007, 00:26
Very charming photograph, Ellie! I've never seen one of these outside of well loved childhood books. Wonder if he ever had a live monkey with him!
How quaint! I've never seen one either.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 15 Dec 2007, 01:47
These fascinating machines were one of the early programmable devices...they are not just pretty, but also historically significant.
Excellent picture, Ellie, and Bill really has the appropriate looks for an operator of this attraction.
Very nice shot, Ellie. It looks like you caught his personality.
Lovely capture, Ellie. I have now got the song `Hurdy-gurdy man` stuck on the brain. (:o)
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 15 Dec 2007, 09:12
Charming shot Ellie. isn't it wonderful that there are still people who go out and keep this kind of forgotten art alive.
I was searching for a word to describe this and decided to read the comment first...and there it was...charming smile
  • Astrid
  • the Netherlands
  • 15 Dec 2007, 11:19
Nice crop here Ellie, love the charming man, the colors are so warm, it must have been almost 'heaving' being out there with these beautiful people!!!
  • Aussie
  • in a night shift daze.
  • 15 Dec 2007, 11:41
Beautiful capture, he does look charming, what a wonderful and obviously loves what he is doing.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 15 Dec 2007, 11:49
I'm starting to recognize this gent, Ellie. How fun is that! Yes, I think you caught a nice piece of memorabilia here on this very grand occasion smile
Nicely done once again - Have a bright and optimist week end !!
I just love mechanical organs and this is a little gem. This is a lovely shot of the proud owner...he looks like a nice bloke!
  • Monika
  • cold London
  • 19 Dec 2007, 14:19
That's a lovely scene Ellie, indeed like from a dream! And what a great idea with the Dream Weekend!

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