And here’s a thing. A friend just sent me this inscrutable image, found floating around in the eternal spotless void of the internet:
It comes with the caption: “Happy Harry Herman, the 77 year old hermit of Hollywood, takes his daily morning walk in Los Angeles. Throughout the year, he wears nothing else than his loincloth and sandals. California USA. Photograph November 4, 1933."
Can this really be a photograph from 1933? I’d never have guessed so, though I’m prepared to believe that it is – the street looks suitably empty, but a little research, online and off, doesn’t produce any further information. If you have any, do please share. Perhaps you can even identify where he is, I can only guess.
And the fact is, this does look like an image created for outsiders. Anybody who lives in LA knows that although this is a very warm and pleasant city most of the time, it really isn’t so warm that you could go around half naked every day of the year. You’d freeze on certain days. Maybe people were made of sterner stuff in 1933, especially the hermits.