Wompers and thatch in East End

A man walks along the seaside under the shade of coconut palms in East End.
A man walks along the seaside under the shade of coconut palms in East End.
A man walks along the seaside under the shade of coconut palms in East End.

Snapped in a moment in time in the late 70’s, this image features all things “Caymanian” as an unidentified gentlemen walks along the seaside under the shade of coconut palms in East End.

He carries a basket made of thatch and wears a straw hat and khaki-style shirt, which were common in that era.

On his feet, he wears a pair of “wompers” made of used car tires and thatch string.

To his left is a catboat. In the far districts during this time, the use of catboats for turtling, fishing and racing remained a common sight.

This image is from the book ‘The People Time Forgot’ by George Nowak, available at the National Museum. All proceeds from the sales of the book go toward museum projects.

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