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Mike Brubaker
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Love is Blind

06 August 2016




The bride wore white
and played a violin.
Her eldest sister
beat a big bass drum.
The younger squeezed an accordion.

They kept their eyes closed.










Her two bridesmaids blew fanfares
on cornet and trombone.

Their eyes were closed too.







And her maid of honor
took a collection
for the wedding.
Her sign said

Help The

Blind



Love is strange,
but rarely stranger.








This postcard has no marks
for time or place or names.
The best we can see
is that it's wintertime,
and someone,
perhaps the groom,
thought a photo
of the wedding band
standing in the snow
was appropriate.

Whatever is going on
with these six young women,
your guess is as good as mine.


Let's hope it was a happy day.







This is my first installment to Sepia Saturday,
where wedding photos are on display
the whole month of August.



http://sepiasaturday.blogspot.com/2016/08/sepia-saturday-342-august-2016-love-and.html






13 comments:

Jodi Lynn Strait said...

The woman with the sign almost looks like a mannequin…

Liz Needle said...

What a very strange way to record a wedding.

La Nightingail said...

That postcard touches every emotion! It's hard to know exactly how to feel about it?

Peter said...

Somehow these blind eyes don't look real. It's more that they keep their eyes closed because someone tells them to. Many blind people still show their not seeing eyes.

ScotSue said...
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Mike Brubaker said...

I regret ScotSue, that I have accidently removed your comment. Sorry, but Blogger puts the buttons too close together for my clumsy fingers.

Jo Featherston said...

Very odd! I wonder whether this was even a real bride. The drum player could possibly have been her mother.

Helen Killeen Bauch McHargue said...

I see one of your labels is "odd" - how apt! It must be an act. I have a friend who taught ball room dancing and sighted people dancing as well. She had one blind student, superb at tango. She would take him with her to the sighted classes where they would demonstrate the dance, the message to the sighted being, Look a blind man can do it...so can you! I should add that they copied the tango in Scent of a Woman where the dancers start in opposite corners and meet in the middle of the dance floor. Very effective.

Tattered and Lost said...

I'm wondering what the family life was like when the violin moved out and the parents had to just listen to the drum and accordion all the time! It's a truly wonderful photo! Oh to know the story behind this one.

Helen Killeen Bauch McHargue said...

I see one of your labels is "odd" - how apt! It must be an act. I have a friend who taught ball room dancing and sighted people dancing as well. She had one blind student, superb at tango. She would take him with her to the sighted classes where they would demonstrate the dance, the message to the sighted being, Look a blind man can do it...so can you! I should add that they copied the tango in Scent of a Woman where the dancers start in opposite corners and meet in the middle of the dance floor. Very effective.

Kristin said...

Maybe it was spring and this was the north side of the building so the snow hadn't melted but it was warm. I hope so. I'm going to go with it was not an actual wedding. Who knew there were so many strange wedding photographs out there?

Little Nell said...

Strange indeed. It seems to be a tableau.

Joan said...

A delightful photo and made even more so with your poetic commentary.

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