Grenade Boy

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My flight-of-fancy guess: a WWII-era (judging from the clothes & photo quality) souvenir,
from a GI dad who (judging from the kid) had some serious PTSD.

Prolly just a drilled-out dummy or casting from a surplus store…I hope.

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    22 Responses to Grenade Boy

    1. Could be old-school shopped. You know they could do that before computers.

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    2. Also this image was used as cover art by a Canadian punk rock band called SNFU for their 1984 album, entitled, “…And No One Else Wanted to Play:

      rateyourmusic.com/release/album/s_n_f_u_/___and_no_one_else_wanted_to_play/

      Make with the clicky to see more.

      Oh, and…

      Number 2. O.o

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    3. I can’t believe it. Exactly I have just seen about this photo in the TV. The photographer Diane Arbus took the photo and the gesture was obtained bothering the child, until this one demanded her desperately that she did the shoot.

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    4. Actually, that photo isn’t shopped at all.
      It was a boy holding a toy grenade, photographed by Diane Arbus.
      She’s a very famous photographer that would get to know the people she photographed, who were usually on the extreme ends of society. She’s known for very striking and bizarre images.

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    5. The story is she was just talking to this kid, who was all happy and running around and shit, and he just happened to stop and look right at her with this face. Or so says my photo prof. One of them is a fucking liar.

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    6. This is a famous photograph by a well-known photographer, you nerds. Yes, it’s a toy, and the photographer made a career out of taking pictures of freaky people and odd moments.

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    7. Damn. And here I thought it was a childhood picture of Hand Grenade Guy from the Tick.

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    8. @nyokki: I’m sure you’re just as amazed as I am that such simple photos, although brilliant, go for soooooo much money. Little bit of motivation there I’d say.

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    9. Looks like the dude from Everclear, only smaller.

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    10. given how thin the boy is, he is most likely another case of Forest Gump, thereby he needs to play with a real grenade,
      “throw the pin and drop the grenade”

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    11. @KommissarKvC: given how your comment is, he is more successful than you.

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    12. @ColombianMonkey:
      well yes, I never succeeded in getting my picture taken during WW2, so he has that on me

      as far as human life goes, I win he fails

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    13. Yup, it’s a Diane Arbus. A friend of mine used to have this image on his apartment door.

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    14. I do battle in wars all the time and my teammates get killed all the time, but I’m still the same person…maybe a little bit of carpel tunnel…

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