Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Ally Sloper Mask

Publisher, art teacher, and Ally Sloper collector Bill Leach has been collecting Ally Sloper original art since the 1980s. His latest acquisition is a Victorian era papier-mâché Ally Sloper mask created in a factory using a mask mold. The mask has no manufacturer’s name or labeling. The mask is a bit damaged, says Bill, but he intends to repair and repaint the piece. Some might say to leave it as it is But it will bring me more joy when it is nicely painted. The Victorian British establishment was said to be startled by rumors that British railway-strikers were seen wearing Sloper masks at their rallies…

[8] Stereograph photo card of a man in Ally Sloper mask posing with a 3D stereo-view camera.