The Artisan revisited.
Lockdown isn’t all bad. Theories can be tweaked between bouts of John le Carre, long, long bouts.
The Artisan may have travelled with the Agricultural Show circuit. Cutting stencils or silhouettes, a small display for sale.
Click and see what 1933 looked like.
Could you see the Somerton Man fifteen years younger and working that traffic? Even the ring touts were well-dressed.
The fellow in the header pic, the round-faced man of about .. thirty? Thirty-five ? He worked the big shows as a silhouette cutter. Like Adelaide’s in 1948.
Time for a breather … I mean, there’s a youthful likeness isn’t there. Shave off a couple of stone. The hair looks almost curly. The nose doesn’t need any work and the tools can be made to fit. He has very big hands and he’s in Adelaide at the right time. And he’s built.
I wish I had a suit that fitted that well
The round-faced man is American-born S. John Ross. His short bio follows.
The Advertiser, August 2017.
And who remembers the Silhouette Man?
For something like 60 years, American-born S. John Ross stood near the stage in Centennial Hall and cut out his silhouettes. He started touring the Australian show circuits in about 1948, after settling in Australia after the war.
Over the next six decades, he became a legend of various shows around the country, both city and provincial, travelling the length and breadth of the continent with his famous scissors, cutting out silhouettes for the people of Australia. S. John Ross was still travelling on the show circuit when he died in 2008, at the age of 89.
An artist whose medium was a pair of scissors and a sheet of black paper.
He wasn’t our man at all – but he showed us what he used to cut silhouettes.