Blind Man’s Buff: Walter Blum (1957)

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I’ve posted on Walter Blum before, here, so I’ll skip his bio (tho’ well worth reading). This image, with its charming ’50s outfits and interior décor, is of children dancing round a blindfolded girl: originally called “Blind Man’s Buff” – a “buff” meaning a small push – but corrupted over the years into “Blind Man’s Bluff“. Walter’s caption on the Spaarnestad Photo Archive site emphasises the fact that it’s a dance (kinderen dansen): there would have been music, with the children stopping as the music stopped – the blindfolded girl then trying to guess which child is the one in front of her by gentle frisking. Usually it’s with a much bigger group: with only five to choose from (and one being a boy) it must have been rather easy….

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