What is he up to?

Student activities

Task no. 1

Brainstorming Activity

What is Vincent Patrick Taylor doing floating around San Francisco Bay in 1926 wearing a strange inflatable suit? The odd shaped object he is holding in his arms is a type of oar or paddle - but why is he doing that? Remember that Vincent Patrick was a balloonist and a stunt man. What is he up to? 

Brainstorm the backstory for this photograph – What is he up to? You might like to consider the following questions: 

  • What is the suit’s purpose? 
  • How might the suit be used? 
  • What is he doing with an oar? 
  • How does this suit relate to V. P Taylor’s interest in ballooning and/or stunt-performing? 
  • How does the location fit into the story?
Taylor family photograph - Vincent Patrick Taylor
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Task no. 2

Ask Vincent Patrick Taylor

 If you could go back in time and ask Vincent Patrick Taylor 5 questions about this photograph, what would they be? Write them down.