Sometimes we are in so much of a rush, trying to fit in all the things we think we must do in our lives, that we miss life itself.
“There’s a man who wants to see you about a picture,” was the message that was left for our photographer. That was it. No phone number, no email no information. Our photographer took the message which led to a meeting, to arrange another meeting to view this picture at the man’s home.
A badly battered frame sat on the kitchen table of the family home, a picture that was possibly passed from home to home of this family over the generations.
The polite and humble man asked to be left out of this story. The picture was over 80-years-old, printed in 1932 in Dublin as a souvenir of the Eucharistic Congress in Ireland. It’s a fine example of what religion meant in Ireland 80 years ago.
On closer examination, the Sacred Heart picture may have been added to the centre of this very decorative surround and may well have held pride of place in the family home for many’s a generation
As houses go now, the souvenirs from 1932 might not match the curtains or sofas of our perfect world. Indeed the God-fearing era that this image came from, has shifted over the years. As we removed this photo from its faded glass and battered frame to get a better photo for the paper we were graced with an even older photo behind it.
An old Player’s Please painted poster sat behind this holy picture for 80 years. ‘His Old Ship’ by A.D. McCormack R.I. was used as a backing board. The picture depicts two men spending quality time working on a model ship. On the mount of the picture is the Player’s Navy Cut logo, complete with its sailor and a ship fully rigged and on the high seas, at full sail and not a health warning in sight!