Monday, 28 July 2014

Sepia Saturday 239 : 2 August 2014

Vintage Postcard by Living Picture Series Postcards : Collection of Alan Burnett
Our theme image this week is a 1906 picture postcard which has the provocative caption "Proverbs : A girl unemployed is thinking of mischief". There are all sorts of directions you can take this theme in : there are postcards themselves, there are proverbs and there are men falling fast asleep whilst reading their newspapers. You can wander down the path that leads to the assumption that Edwardian women had little to do other than maintain a home, raise the children, and probably take in washing as well. Or you can always explore the fact that within ten years of this picture being published, women were maintaining the basic industries of many of the leading industrial nations. Whichever direction you take, simply post your post on or around Saturday 2 August 2014 and link it to the list below.

And whilst we are talking about housekeeping, I hope you will forgive me if I raise a Sepia Saturday housekeeping issue. This is not directed at established Sepians, people who know how Sepia Saturday works, but at people who are new to the Blog. We welcome contributions from people who have old and interesting images to share. Whilst the definition of what is "old" is a fairly relaxed one - images certainly don't have to be in sepia! - Sepia Saturday is not a site for new photographs or artwork. The Sepia gatekeepers reserve the right to remove links which appear to them to be merely linking to totally unrelated blog contact.

Now we have got that out of the way, let us have a look at what is around the Sepia corner:

240 : Criminals, ID Photos, Named Photos, False Pretences

241 : Writing and Letters

Back to this week. I want everyone working hard to get a good Sepia post; remember, a girl (or a boy) unemployed is thinking of mischief.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Sepia Saturday 238 : 26 July 2014

If you would like a sign as to what to do for Sepia Saturday 238 - post your posts on or around Saturday 26th July 2014 - then look no further than this 1935 picture of Broome Street in Manhattan which comes from the Flickr Commons stream of the New York Public Library. If you want to be on theme, you can choose any type of sign you want, or any other visual clue you can find in the photograph. If you prefer to be off-theme, then that is entirely your choice : just post your post and then link it to the list below. Before you rush off and sign up for this week's Sepia Spectacular, take a look at what lies ahead in the weeks to come.

239 : Postcards, proverbs, mischievous women

240 : Criminals, ID Photos, Named Photos, False Pretences

Back to this week. It is a sign of the times - a sepia sign of the sepia times. Post your post and sign up now.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Sepia Saturday 237 : 19 July 2014

I got so mesmerised by watching these ballet dancers that I almost forgot to put up this week's call. Thanks to Jo for pointing out the lack of a call and, as always, thanks to Marilyn for her "Alan!!!!!!" alert. But back to the dancers - and this rather nice 1909 photograph which features in the Flickr stream of the National Archives of Norway. If you are of a theming disposition, you might want to go to the ballet, or the dancehall, or the theatre or anywhere you find lots of chiffon and over-dramatic poses. Whether you are theming or not, simple post your post on or around Saturday 19th July 2014 and add a link to the list below.

Whilst the orchestra is playing the overture, you might want to look at the programme for the weeks ahead.

238 : Signs, big signs, small signs, men with their hands in their pockets

239  : Postcards, proverbs, mischievous women

But that is all for the future. Here comes the chorus, on their sepia toes. It is time to sit back and enjoy the performance that is Sepia Saturday 237

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Sepia Saturday 236 : 12 July 2014

Back in the Good Old Days/Bad Old Days (*) when you went to the Barbers/Hairdressers (*) you would have a short back and sides/full perm and manicure (*) in a dirty little back street shop/smart beauty salon (*). Our theme image for Sepia Saturday 236 - post your posts on or around the 12th July 2014 - shows a lady enjoying a manicure whilst her hair is under the dryer at a salon on Eighth Street, New York in 1942. The photograph is by Marjory Collins and is part of the Flickr Commons stream of the Library of Congress. As far as possible themes are concerned, there is hair/beauty/nails/hair dryers/strange headgear (*). Just post your post and then link it to the list below - beautifully simple. Whilst you are waiting for your hair to dry you might want to browse through what is available over the next couple of weeks.

237 : Ballet Dancers, art, poses, chiffon

238 : Signs, big signs, small signs, men with their hands in their pockets

Now polish your nails/wave your hair/apply that sepia make-up (*) : it is time for Sepia Saturday 236.

(*) = strike out where appropriate

Monday, 30 June 2014

Sepia Saturday 235 : 5 July 2014

Back in the good old days, before all this cheek kissing took hold of humanity, you would greet friend and foe alike with a hearty handshake. You could judge the strength of character with a handshake, determine sincerity, secure agreement, and solve most of the problems known to man (and woman) kind. Our prompt image this week shows just such a handshake, and the shaker in question will be well known to people from the United Kingdom above a certain age, for it is the late Prime Minister, Harold Wilson. The photograph comes from the Tyne and Wear Museums collection on Flickr Commons and dates back to the late 1960s. If you are in search of a theme for Sepia Saturday 235, there is, of course, handshakes, and also politicians, pipes and kids sat on fences (which makes a change from politicians sat on fences). All you have to do is to post your post on or about Saturday 5th July 2014 and then link to the list below. But first of all, take a look at what is in store if you vote for Sepia Saturday.

236 : Hair, drying, beauty, nails, strange headgear.

237 : Ballet Dancers, art, poses, chiffon

But all such things are for the future. And the future is bright. The future is wonderful. The future is anything you want it to be. Just vote for Sepia Saturday and shake my hand in agreement.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Sepia Saturday 234 : 28 June 2014

First of all let me say thank you to everyone for their good wishes last week - we had a wonderful day which will live long in our memory. I regret to say that I am still in recovery mode, so please accept my apologies if this call is towards the perfunctory end of the scale. For Sepia Saturday 234 our theme image - which comes from the University of Washington Flickr stream - shows a number of people with their feet in the water. For those looking for a theme to follow there are lakes, there are reflections, there are our old friends the hats again .... there are all sorts of possibilities. Just post your post on or around Saturday 28th June 2014 and then link your post to the list below. Sepian Wendy Mathias very kindly suggested a number of possible themes and I will be incorporating many of these into our calls in the weeks to come (I have kept the theme for 236, Wendy, but changed the image as the one you suggested was a little small). Don't forget, anyone can suggest a theme by e-mailing me or leaving a suggestion on our Facebook page. So here are the next two Sepia Saturday themes for you to think about:-

235 : Greetings and handshakes : pipes and politicians

236 : Hair, drying, beauty, nails, strange headgear.

That is for the future. For now, I am going back to bed and I am going to leave you with Sepia Saturday 234 to reflect upon.

Monday, 16 June 2014

Sepia Saturday 233 : 21 June 2014

I am afraid I can't be with you this weekend, I have a wedding to go to. And weddings are the traditional time for family and friends to gather together to celebrate the sealing of a new relationship. But what about all my Sepia friends spread throughout the five continents, what I would really like to do is to invite them along to my son's wedding day. But unless you happen to be in Yorkshire on Saturday, the only way I can do that is to send you a digital invitation to help me celebrate the day in best Sepia Saturday style. So it is time to look out all those old wedding photographs and post them to your blog on or around Saturday 21st June 2014. Once posted, link the post to the list below. I will try and make sure that I have a look at your various posts and raise a virtual glass of champagne as I wish Alexander (the Lad) and his new bride, Heather, all the very best sepia wishes.

And whilst the wedding photographs are being taken, sneak a look at what lies ahead in the next couple of weeks.

234 : Reflections on paddling in the lake or sea

235 : Greetings and handshakes : pipes and politicians

But now let's have a bit of a hush. My Lords, ladies and Gentlemen, raise your glasses please to the bride and groom.