Monday, 24 November 2014

Sepia Saturday 256 : 29 November 2014

As a general rule, if you take a daft photograph and then let it soak up eighty years of history it will become even dafter. This is certainly true of this 1930 photograph of the Swan Maiden's Carriage at the Grace Brothers Ball in Sydney, Australia. Grace Brothers were - believe it or not - a famous Department Store, and the strange scene depicted in this photograph (which comes to us by way of the Flickr stream of the Powerhouse Museum) is as strange as anything you might have seen in an episode of "Are You Being Served?". Possible themes for Sepia Saturday 256 include festivals, floats, feathers and fair maidens. Whatever you decide to go with, just post your post on or around Saturday 29th November and add a link to the list below.

But before you swan off and look for a matching old photograph, take a quick gander at what is to come in the next couple of weeks.

257 : Lassoo, Dad and Son, porch, dog, cowboy

258 : Scenes cropped from the background of other photographs, 
sailors, and people walking away.

That is all for the future. For the moment, all you need to do is to climb aboard the Swan Maiden's float and glide down to your rendezvous with Sepia Saturday 256.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Sepia Saturday 255 : 22 November 2014

The title of this old photograph - which comes from the Flickr Commons stream of the National Archives of Estonia - is "Eveline Maydell making a silhouette, with her models. Indianapolis 1931" Eveline Adelheid von Maydell (1890 - 1962) was a German-born silhouette artist who lived in the USA from 1922 onwards. She was described as being ambidextrous : a Milwaukee newspaper article from 1942 said "she sketches and designs with her left hand and with her right snips with minute scissors the silhouettes..." Sepians also need to be ambidextrous - composing words with their left hand whilst assessing old images with their right - and we invite you to contribute all these skills to your contributions for Sepia Saturday 255. Just post your post on or around Saturday 22 November and then (unlike some idiot who forgot last week) link the post to the Sepia Saturday Linky List below. What could be easier than that. Before you start snipping away, take a look at what is to come in the weeks ahead.

256 : Festivals, floats, feathers and fair maidens

257 : Lassoo, Dad and Son, porch, dog, cowboy

But the nightmares of two-legged swans and children garroting their fathers is for the future. For the moment try to concentrate on Sepia Saturday 255 - and be careful not to cut yourself with those scissors.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Sepia Saturday 254 15 November 2014

Sometimes when you are battling against the flow of events you need a helping hand; someone to come along and give you a lift. Love is getting your feet wet so that others can remain dry. When a barrier needs to be overcome, two legs are better than four. Whatever lesson you care to read into this weeks Sepia Saturday theme image, all you have to do is to post a post on it and publish it on or around Saturday 15th November 2014. The image comes from the Flickr stream (or perhaps in this case, the Flickr River) of the Provincial Archives of Alberta and is simply called "Couple Crossing A River". Once you have posted your post, link it to the list below and then go along with the Sepia flow.

But before you get carried away, take a look at the next two Sepia Saturday subjects.

255 : Children, train sets, crafts, silhouettist,dogs, family groups
256 : Festivals, floats, feathers, fair maidens

That is all for the future. Now it is time to jump in to Sepia Saturday 254 and get you feet wet. You won't be alone - a fellow Sepian will be along to give you a helping hand.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Sepia Saturday 253 : 8 November 2014

I have to confess, I have never been a fisherman. The thought of sitting next to some damp river bank waiting for some obliging fish to bite leaves me cold. The thought of having to push a sharp hook through some non-obliging worm leaves me frozen. I am much happier with an old photograph of some fishermen, and that is just what we have for Sepia Saturday this week. It is a photograph that dates back to 1916 and which has been shared via Flickr Commons by Alberta Archives. All you need to do is to cast your digital hook into your collection of old images and come up with something that may or may not match our theme image. You might want to go with miners or with anglers, with fishy tales or with three men : whatever you go with just post your post on or around Saturday 8th November 2014 and add a link to the list below.

Whilst you are waiting for inspiration to bite, you might want to look at the next couple of Sepia Saturday themes.

254 : Couples, clinches, crossings, hitching a ride

255 : Children, train sets, crafts, silhouettist,dogs, family groups

So there we go. Sit back, clear your mind of all worries and cares. Cast your line and see what you can catch.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Sepia Saturday 252 : 1 November 2014

1952 Photograph from the Flickr Stream of the Tyrell Historical Archives, Texas

It was a big day in the history of Dollinger Steel of Beaumont, Texas. It was their 50th anniversary dinner and countless guests had been invited to the celebratory dinner. And the photographer had come along as well to record the event. Back in the days when photographs were about more than just an idle click of a mobile phone touch screen, events and photographs went together. Weddings, birthdays, gatherings, anniversaries and parties : none would be complete without the burst of a flash bulb and all those practised cheese-smiles. So for Sepia Saturday 252 - post your posts on or around Saturday 1st November 2014 and add a link to the list below - we are asking you to feature an event, a tent, a cooking pot or even a name-tag. Let your freedom of interpretation be as extensive as a hungry diner queue and as voluminous as a generous cooking pot. Whilst you are waiting to fill your sepia plate, you might like to contemplate the next two Sepia Saturday calls.

It looks like we have a fishy few weeks ahead, so before you get your feet wet, it is time to join the line for a bite to eat. Fish and chips anyone?

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Sepia Saturday 251 : 25th October 2014

I'm back. First let me thank Marilyn for looking after the blog, on top of all her work on the Sepia Saturday Facebook Group, whilst I was away. When she chose this splendid image from the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Centre, she suggested as possible theme interpretations - bobbies, bellies, bums and brushes - but one could keep the alliterative pendulum swinging by adding beards. Whatever your choice of old image - be it a b or be it not - simply post your post on or around Saturday 25th October 2014 and then add a link to the list below.

Before you accompany the constables to the Police Station to help them with their enquiries, take a look at the next couple of Sepia Saturday calls.

So there we go. It wasn't me that did it. In fact I have an alibi, officer. I was writing my Sepia Saturday 251 post at the time.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Sepia Saturday 250 : 18 October 2014

This week’s prompt picture comes from the Powerhouse Collection via Fickr Commons, titled ‘A Man And His Shoe Repair Stall’ and dated 1930. It’s a hand-painted lantern slide but there is no other information given. You can let your imagination run free with your responses to this one. Street traders, roadside artisans, menders, cobblers, tools-of-the-trade, hand-colouring and lantern slides - or you could celebrate Sepia Saturday’s 250th Edition with a party!

Of course you don’t have to theme and can simply post an old picture or two with a link back to Sepia Saturday, on or around 18 October. Enter your (direct) link to your own blogpost below and leave us a comment please. Then take a trip to other Sepians to see what wares they have displayed; and remember to show your appreciation of their efforts with a word or two in their comments section.

Dont forget that there is a Facebook group for Sepia Saturday contributors. Why not join us as we have a lot of fun and post some interesting items there. You will need to have posted on Sepia Saturday at least once; then you’ll be given a warm welcome.
(aka Little Nell)

For those who like to plan ahead here are the next two prompts:

                                        251: Bobbies, bellies, bums, brushes, beards, brass buttons, boys in blue

                                    252: Help yourself, name tags, 50th Anniversaries, serving line, marquee, pots

Heres a hand-coloured mini-banner to add to your post if you wish.