A Girl With a Monkey

I’ve scanned lots of photographs from 1995, and now I can continue with our family story. Here I want to show just one picture to illustrate “how things were” back then.

I am coming to daycare to pick up Vlad and Anna, and their teacher tells me that there was a photographer with a monkey (?!) and that he took a picture of Anna with a monkey – see below.

I do not even know why and how, and why anybody would find this idea appealing. Anyway, I didn’t know anything about that. Anna said she wanted a picture with the monkey, but then she got scared, which is also visible on the picture, and then she didn’t want to back out of that!

My historical posts are being published in random order. Please refer to the page Hettie’s timeline to find where exactly each post belongs, and what was before and after.

4 thoughts on “A Girl With a Monkey

  1. Anna’s smart. I’d have been scared too if there was a monkey. But also, the fact that the monkey is dressed up and wearing makeup? And seems to be posing? Soooo weird. Really makes me think about how that animal was treated by the photographer.

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  2. It was definitely a circus-trained monkey; I do not think she was treated poorly. It looks and feels weird now because there are almost none animal circuses left. But at that time, it was normal. It’s difficult t tell how monkeys felt about that, because, after all, they like to mimic people, that’s why they are s easy to train. But I agree, it looks extremely weird from today’s perspective.


  3. I remember this so well! I hated the feeling of it’s hands on my shoulder, and the photographer kept telling me to smile, and I was trying my hardest- you can see I am pulling my mouth to the side in the photo, it was my very best effort at that moment.

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