Mass Observation Project: When all else fails, use Shank??s Pony!

by Helen Hooker June. 06, 2011 4543 views

I had lots of ideas for today??s MOP Transportation theme but they were all scuppered by my interminably unreliable car. Having sent it off on the back of an RAC tow truck to (hopefully) be fixed I was left to figure out how I get around to all my schools this week in a largely rural area with no car. One of the solutions in the subject of my photo today ?? Shank??s Pony. This is a phrase I remember my friend Jenny using when we were at school together as a description for walking somewhere rather than using another mode of transport. I have no idea if this phrase is used in other English-speaking parts of the world ?? I??ll be interested to hear if it??s a saying that other Photoblog members use!

Many thanks to Jon [photoblog.com]for suggesting and coordinating this Mass Observation Project. It is in response to the project of the same name which took place in the United Kingdom in the 1930s and 40s to record everyday life. On the first Monday of each month Photoblog members will post a photo on a particular theme depicting life in their own country. A list of all of this month??s MOP photos can be found here [photoblog.com].

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Art Bee 5 years, 11 months ago

No... I have never heard that expression......good one though. We just call them "Treads"

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Olga Helys 5 years, 11 months ago

So cute !

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Anna-Marya Tompa 5 years, 11 months ago

had to use this form of transportation a lot this last week after demise of car; I was sort of glad to be reminded that I could live without a vehicle but I was so exhausted trying to live "normally"; made me realise how tied in with a car is a whole way of life

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Eiram 5 years, 11 months ago

I think this is the healthiest form of transportation:)
Lovely shot!

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Tomie Poodle 5 years, 11 months ago

great idea for transportation! besides the picture is beautiful, congrats!

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Pete 5 years, 11 months ago

never heard that before
great take on the theme

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Michael Sakowicz 5 years, 11 months ago

Excellent! I was considering using a pair of shoes too!

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Felecia 5 years, 11 months ago

Great Helen! I imagine them to be tan. Are the Dansko?

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Jon Laysell 5 years, 11 months ago

Great photo Helen. We say Shanks' Pony here. No idea what the origin is though.

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Jacki 5 years, 11 months ago

I have never heard of that expression, but it's pretty fun so I'll undoubtedly be using it! :)

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Gonia 5 years, 11 months ago

very good done,in polish we haven't such phrase, it 's very good idea - nothing more sure than own legs

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Lynda 5 years, 11 months ago

Nice shot for the theme.

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Sandra Vermeulen 5 years, 11 months ago

Hehe, very nice!!!

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Marsha 5 years, 11 months ago

Had never heard of "Shank's Pony," but it's a great expression! Super shot and creative idea for the MOP, Helen!

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Josy 5 years, 11 months ago

I adore this shot !

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Gerd Korts 5 years, 11 months ago

In any case it is very much "back to the roots"

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Moira 5 years, 11 months ago

Never heard that phrase before. great shot of comfy looking shoes

5 years, 11 months ago Edited
Snowpie 5 years, 11 months ago

Quite nice shoes. I imagine them to be dark brown with some orange stripes. :)

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