When Two or More Are Gathered Together by Neal Slavin

An excerpt from the book When Two or More Are Gathered Together by Neal Slavin a photographic look at different organizations, clubs, and groups.

WHEN TWO OR MORE ARE GATHERED TOGETHER by Neal Slavin. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1976.

About the Book: The author spent four years traveling the U.S., taking color photographs of groups of people. Included are such diverse organizations as the World Body Building Guild; the International Twins Association; the Cemetery Workers and Greens Attendants Union, Local 365 (Ridgewood, N.Y.); and the Nerveless Nocks, a circus thrill act.

From the Book:

The Girners The group attempts to make the world a less serious place in which to live by girning (contorting one's face and looking silly). The Hollywood chapter tries to meet once a year. Other chapters met when they feel like having a good time, and usually in connection with other events. The group has been dormant because the country has been in a state of depression and it is harder to girn when the world is not going well. Anyone who girns is eligible for membership by sending a photo of him or herself girning to the Hollywood chapter. There are no dues. The group began when Gary Owens organized a girning contest on local television. People submitted photos and the winner, 73 year-old Frances Sayer, swallowed her nose.

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