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Josephine Crampton's Companion

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The gruff, irascible and decidedly loud Admiral Crampton could not have been considered any girl’s ideal match, but why Josephine decided to put up with him was simply baffling. Kind, quiet and fiercely intelligent, Josephine was an engineer practically from birth, constructing towering edifices from chewed up tinker toys and clever little vehicles from whatever she found lying about. It turned out that the one thing she insisted upon after her marriage to the good Admiral was that she be able to continue her work in medical engineering, improving prostheses for all those unfortunate young men coming home from the war. Well the Admiral didn’t like it one bit, but what could he do? Josephine did all that was expected of her and more, rushing home after work to make dinner, tidy up and ensure her grumbling husband’s comfort and catering to his every whim. She designed systems and devices to reduce her chore time in half so that, after the Admiral commenced his heavy snoring in his favorite armchair, his fetid pipe dangling from one meaty hand, she could tip out to the garage and work on her secret projects until the wee hours of the morning.
You see, Josephine was working on the most astonishing invention! It started out as one of her automatic cleaning devices but soon evolved into a full-fledged house robot. It could clean up, yes, but also cook a bit and fold laundry – Josephine even fitted it with a phonographic speaker so that it could engage in rudimentary conversation and play an array of recordings.
One gloomy Friday, Josephine found herself on the losing side of egg salad roulette with the laboratory’s dubious cafeteria. Deathly ill, she limped home in the rain, pausing every block or so to throw up, so that it took quite some time. The Admiral was already home, and completely ignoring the pathetic condition of his pale, sick and soaking wife, he stormed about booming complaints about his absent dinner. Josephine collapsed onto the sofa, summoned up what strength she could muster and said, “I’m sick and I’d love a cup of tea, please.” A deep shade of vermillion crept up the Admiral, beginning who-knows-where, but ending at the roots of his wispy white hair. His left eyelid twitched violently. He unballed his enormous fists, ripped his hat off the coat rack, grabbed his umbrella and exploded out the door, stomping off to his club.
No one really knows if he came back that night or not, but he was never seen again. Josephine named her robot Cyril and he was most charming as he clicked and whirred around the parlor, serving steaming tea out of a pot to Josephine and her occasional guests, a lovely sonata drifting out of the phonograph on his head. He was quite the gardener too, and one couldn’t help but notice how particularly lush Josephine’s flower beds had become that year and remained ever after.

Josephine and Cyril come to you on a hand painted 5” x 7” x ½” oval stretched canvas backed with beautifully patterned art paper. Josephine wears lovely crystal gem earrings as well as an opalescent oval brooch, and Cyril is accented with sparkling silver watch gears and Phillips head brads. An original collage, this piece includes a 1 ½” pewter tag for hanging (small nail can be hammered through top hole) which has been embellished with a vintage pewter key.


Fully finished on sides and adorned with black grosgrain ribbon. Hand printed, cut and assembled. Signed and dated on the back of the tag. Insurance included in shipping price (First Class mail). I LOVE MY INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS: Please convo me BEFORE purchasing so that I can calculate shipping for your location.

This original artwork and story are copyright Ramona Szczerba 2008. Copyright is not transferable with the sale of this item. The buyer is not entitled to any reproduction rights – neither image nor story can be reproduced without my express written permission. Thanks!
The gruff, irascible and decidedly loud Admiral Crampton could not have been considered any girl’s ideal match, but why Josephine decided to put up with him was simply baffling. Kind, quiet and fiercely intelligent, Josephine was an engineer practically from birth, constructing towering edifices from chewed up tinker toys and clever little vehicles from whatever she found lying about. It turned out that the one thing she insisted upon after her marriage to the good Admiral was that she be able to continue her work in medical engineering, improving prostheses for all those unfortunate young men coming home from the war. Well the Admiral didn’t like it one bit, but what could he do? Josephine did all that was expected of her and more, rushing home after work to make dinner, tidy up and ensure her grumbling husband’s comfort and catering to his every whim. She designed systems and devices to reduce her chore time in half so that, after the Admiral commenced his heavy snoring in his favorite armchair, his fetid pipe dangling from one meaty hand, she could tip out to the garage and work on her secret projects until the wee hours of the morning.
You see, Josephine was working on the most astonishing invention! It started out as one of her automatic cleaning devices but soon evolved into a full-fledged house robot. It could clean up, yes, but also cook a bit and fold laundry – Josephine even fitted it with a phonographic speaker so that it could engage in rudimentary conversation and play an array of recordings.
One gloomy Friday, Josephine found herself on the losing side of egg salad roulette with the laboratory’s dubious cafeteria. Deathly ill, she limped home in the rain, pausing every block or so to throw up, so that it took quite some time. The Admiral was already home, and completely ignoring the pathetic condition of his pale, sick and soaking wife, he stormed about booming complaints about his absent dinner. Josephine collapsed onto the sofa, summoned up what strength she could muster and said, “I’m sick and I’d love a cup of tea, please.” A deep shade of vermillion crept up the Admiral, beginning who-knows-where, but ending at the roots of his wispy white hair. His left eyelid twitched violently. He unballed his enormous fists, ripped his hat off the coat rack, grabbed his umbrella and exploded out the door, stomping off to his club.
No one really knows if he came back that night or not, but he was never seen again. Josephine named her robot Cyril and he was most charming as he clicked and whirred around the parlor, serving steaming tea out of a pot to Josephine and her occasional guests, a lovely sonata drifting out of the phonograph on his head. He was quite the gardener too, and one couldn’t help but notice how particularly lush Josephine’s flower beds had become that year and remained ever after.

Josephine and Cyril come to you on a hand painted 5” x 7” x ½” oval stretched canvas backed with beautifully patterned art paper. Josephine wears lovely crystal gem earrings as well as an opalescent oval brooch, and Cyril is accented with sparkling silver watch gears and Phillips head brads. An original collage, this piece includes a 1 ½” pewter tag for hanging (small nail can be hammered through top hole) which has been embellished with a vintage pewter key.


Fully finished on sides and adorned with black grosgrain ribbon. Hand printed, cut and assembled. Signed and dated on the back of the tag. Insurance included in shipping price (First Class mail). I LOVE MY INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS: Please convo me BEFORE purchasing so that I can calculate shipping for your location.

This original artwork and story are copyright Ramona Szczerba 2008. Copyright is not transferable with the sale of this item. The buyer is not entitled to any reproduction rights – neither image nor story can be reproduced without my express written permission. Thanks!

Reviews

5 out of 5 stars
(169)
Reviewed by se99hite
5 out of 5 stars
Apr 22, 2018
Fabulous story and image, will look great next to my Blue Willow teapot.
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5 out of 5 stars
Apr 22, 2018
Great image with a very dreamy Alice quality.
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5 out of 5 stars
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I love it!
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Josephine Crampton's Companion

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Overview

  • Materials: canvas, acrylic, vintage image, art paper, gears, crystals, glue, ribbon, tag, key, recycled paper
  • Feedback: 169 reviews
  • Favorited by: 30 people
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