|The Snowball: Guilty or Not Guilty? Harold Hume Piffard|
I rather like the artist who painted this picture. Harold Hume Piffard, or 'Piff' to his chums, was a bit of an adventurer and got up to all kinds of high-jinks and scrapes including flying his boxkite biplane (which he named Hummingbird) to a local pub in 1910 to win a bet and a crate of champagne. He was an acrobat, worked on a tea plantation and produced many fine pictures, including this one, which was featured in the Pears Annual. Piff strikes me as a fine fellow, whom one could have a cigar with and talk about India. Smashing.
Back to snowballing: The Victorians loved it. I suppose anything that taught future pioneers of Empire to defeat an enemy that was armed with what amounts to semi-solid water was a fine idea. It seems to be a predominantly male, mostly working-class affair, but you do get the occasional girl and the odd 'public school scrap'. On the whole it seems a blameless way for the poor to spend their time between bouts of consumption and going up chimneys.
|Snowballing (1865) John Morgan|
Anyway, keep warm, and if anyone unfairly snowballs you, let me know. I have a lot of unresolved issues on that front and will reap vengeance on your behalf.
See you tomorrow.