The boy in the bath
I recently had a painter and decorator in to do quite a lot of work in our house. He had done odd jobs for us before so I knew him quite well. During one of the many coffee breaks (for both of us) we got chatting about our respective jobs. I clearly knew what he did, but he had no idea what my line of work was, so I explained that I was a picture editor and researcher for a number of magazines.
To which he replied that he was once on the cover of a magazine: Amateur Photographer. He was photographed as a 4-year- old kid in the bath! The picture was taken
by his dad, who was a keen amateur photographer himself and had a vast selection of camera equipment and his own darkroom. He sent the photo to the magazine and they decided to run it on the front cover. I then explained that Amateur Photographer is one of the magazines I work on, and this got me thinking. A few emails to the editorial staff and some fantastic research by AP’s own studio photographer, Andrew Sydenham, and the 16 December 1964 cover was found, with a young Mike Howard on the front. As you can see by the current image with paint brush in hand (below), he hasn’t changed that much. For his day job he now goes by the name of Southend Handyman, and his painting and DIY skills are as good as his father’s photography 54 years ago. Duncan Bond
A great story, Duncan. How times change – I don’t think we’d put a picture of a child in the bath on the cover today! – Nigel Atherton, Editor
Southend Handyman appeared on the cover of AP as a child in 1964