June 15, 2002
Tears for Fears

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Isn't this horrible? I just came back from the fleemarket where I discovered this collection of "crying kid" prints. I think the last time I saw something like this was in the late seventies when I was with my parents on holiday in Italy. I will start to collect this stuff now. Can anyone point me to a source where I can find more of this?

Posted at June 15, 2002 04:28 PM | Further reading
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I was given two crying boy pictures which were my aunts. They must be between 30 & 40 years old. They are different from the ones I am seeing on the web sites, they are victorian children in portrait pose with dull colours but signed Bragolin. Can anyone throw some information my way. I was going to chuck them out!

Posted by: Rosie on August 14, 2003 08:39 PM

Here is a group where all Bragolin resources
are being gathered.

Posted by: jeu wijnen on January 1, 2004 04:18 PM

i have two of two crying little girls i got at a thift store. i just thought they looked creepy. signes spencer. and it was from the turner manufacturing company. ive tried to find who it was that did these but with no luck :(

Posted by: Angela on September 13, 2004 06:33 PM

According to the book "The World's Most Incredible Stories" published by the Fortean Times Magazine, these "crying boy" paintings are "frequently found at the scenes of fires, and usually untouched by the flames". They are known as TCB's, and there's even a photo from 1985 of a large pile of TCB's being burned! One British TCB owner found the picture in a trash bin, and subsequently won several bingo and lottery games in a row, so I guess they're not unlucky for everyone. Apparently, though, British firefighters are familiar with these weird works of art. Here's a weird story from Ghoststudy website:

http://www.ghoststudy.com/monthly/jun03/tears.html

I am a regular visitor to your site and until now I have never seen anything that has made my blood stand still. My Great Grandfather lived in Davenport, LA in the early 80's. His house was old but always clean and safe because he frequently had children visiting. The only thing that scared me about my Great Grandfather's house was this creepy close up painting of a boy crying. I was a young boy at the time and didn't like the fact that it felt like the boy was watching me. Any way in the summer of '83 he left town for a business trip and returned to find that his house had burnt to the ground. Searching through the remains of his home he found that only two things had survived the fire: A photo album of me and the painting of the crying boy. He told me this story several times before he died but I never believed him, thinking he was trying to spook me. I am 23 now and when I read the story and saw the pic on your site, more than just a chill ran down my spine, if you catch my drift.. I once asked him what happened to the painting and he said that he sold it for a dollar at a garage sale. I remember the painting but not the fire. I saw that you asked for letters about this painting and decided to share my Great Grandfather's experience with you. ~ Steve
.

Posted by: Bliss on September 22, 2004 06:35 AM

i have know got two cring boy prints ?
i found at a tip second hand shop in nsw australia
south coast
one we found the artist has done other paintings but still cant find same child portrade i will send via email scaned pictures if any one would like to see them

Posted by: peter on October 4, 2004 11:40 AM

I have recently aquired an original "crying boy" oli painting signed by J.Bragolin. Is this valuable?

Posted by: Denise on October 10, 2004 04:39 PM

My parents bought a painting from a boot fair called Toby by G Bragolin. Its of a sad boy cryin(hence-cryin boy). We hav had it 4 a long time and only recently i wannned 2 find out about it cos my brother droped it on floor and i found the artists name on back. Is the myth of the painting true-about causing housefires or just coincidence?
I try to rationalize-cos a paiting cant harm anyone or anything cos its obviosuly NOT alive duh. I think the painting has aesthetic qualities. I then found out from i-net the orphan print mit really be a dead person, which creeps me.Im in two minds about it; shall i get rid of it or keep it? cos i dont want my house to catch fire while im asleep.

Posted by: Cuteboy on December 13, 2004 04:03 PM

i wouldnt have one in my house my mum had one when i was young and she was forced to throw it out as i couldnt be left alone with it,it scared me it was a boy with dark hair i always thought he was lost,but it freaked me out it wasnt the same as the ones on this site the one my mum had was more life like and the eyes were more peircing,the back ground was shadowy like mabie trees like he was lost in the woods mabie he had a dirty white top on that was a bit ripped it wasnt nice to look at im not sure if it would have been a copy or not it was on canvas and we broke it up.

Posted by: claire on March 19, 2005 06:13 PM

we also have a painting of a crying boy with a signature by j.bragolin.i dont have it in the house because our kids are convinced there is something spooky about it,when it was inside the house the kids used to hear footsteps walking up and down the hallway,has anyone else had any experiences like this?

Posted by: sheila on March 20, 2005 12:43 AM

we also have a painting of a crying boy with a signature by j.bragolin.i dont have it in the house because our kids are convinced there is something spooky about it,when it was inside the house the kids used to hear footsteps walking up and down the hallway,has anyone else had any experiences like this?

Posted by: sheila on March 20, 2005 12:44 AM

IF ANYONE WANTS TO SEE MORE PICS CLICK ON GOOGLE IMAGES BY THE NAME J OR G BRAGOLIN THERES MORE PICS THERE

Posted by: NIKKI on April 7, 2005 05:35 PM

WE HAD ONE WHEN WE WERE KIDS MY MUM HAD IT IN HER BEDROOM CAUSE NOBODY LIKED IT SOMEONE GAVE IT TO HER CAUSE THAY SAID IT LOOKED LIKE MY OLDER SISTER THEN WE HERD ABOUT THE STORY AND WHEN WE MOVED I TOLD MY MUM TO LEAVE IT THERE AND WE DID BUT I CANT SEE A PIC THAT LOOKS LIKE IT ON ANY SITES IT WAS A CRYING GIRL WITH LONG HAIR SWEPT BEHIND HER EARS IT DIDENT LOOK LIKE SHE WAS WEARING A TOP HER SHOLDERS JUST LOOKED LIKE WOOD! STRANGE!

Posted by: NIKKI on April 7, 2005 05:44 PM

I have a G Bragolin signed, of a girl. I paid $1000 about 5 - 8 years ago when I bought. Would anyone know what it is worth and how do I go about selling. She has short brown hair and looks like she is standing crying in an alley. thank your

Posted by: lydia on May 14, 2005 04:22 AM

hi,everyone what the hell is going on with you guys about this painting.l just brought one today and decided to have a search.you are freaking me out.whats wrong with the painting and the story l want to know.and does anyone know whats it worth signed print 76cmx57cm.thanks

Posted by: nadia on December 6, 2005 11:38 AM

Well, I'm showing these paintings on my site for more than three years now and until now it hasn't burned down yet. But I'm the wrong person to ask, because I don't buy into curses and hokuspokus.

Bragolin prints are going for very low prices on ebay and thrift stores, so don't expect to get rich by collecting them. Original paintings are a different story, but with those it's always the same story - they are worth as much as people are willing to pay for them. So try to get a lot of people at the same time to want to buy it and you will get a decent price.

Posted by: Mario Klingemann on December 6, 2005 12:55 PM
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