Thursday, May 11, 2006

"Who or what is a cowface?", a poster advertising an extremely popular exhibit at Chicago's Barnum Museum. The act consisted of the half-man-half-cow appearing from behind a plush velvet curtain. Grown men were said to have fainted at the sight of it. The true identity of the creature remains shrouded in rumour and mystery, but it was medically examined by an independant group of distinguished physicians who presented Barnum with a certificate of authenticity. As to whether he had working teats is another matter of conjecture...The rest of the text reads; 'It was captured in a savge part of Kent, is probably around 30 yrs old, 5ft high, docile, randy and PLAYFUL AS A KITTEN! To be seen daily at Barnum Museum.' (L.Sloane, Welwyn Hatfield Times)


Well, here we are...just to keep Mr Ellerby's technology embracing monkeys company. Isn't it amazing what passed for entertainment in those days...still, saying that, I'd pay good money to see a levitating pig! Wacka-Wacka!

3 Comments:

Blogger James Holcombe said...

ello Larry. loving the colours in your work. Does Cowface butcher the pig after his shows? i need some more clues to what or who he is?? :)

11:15 pm  
Blogger Marc Ellerby said...

lovely work here mister sloane. i wish i had something more witty to say, alas...

11:50 pm  
Blogger Larry Sloane said...

Thank you for those kind words dearhearts...As for who he is, I'm on the case...oh, and I did hear one rumour that far from butchering the pig, he took to pleasuring it with a doves tail-feather...

3:02 pm  

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