Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Sepia Saturday 242 : 23 August 2014

JoséOrtiz Echagüe (1940) Europeana Collection
I have never been a fan of fans. Whether they are slats of painted paper or those large metallic jobs that whirr around and threaten to lift your hairpiece into space, I would never volunteer to act as secretary of their fan club. I come from Yorkshire and there are few occasions in life where you are in need of an artificial breeze in these parts. I am not into national costumes either other that the flat cap which is a compulsory part of the uniform in these parts. But this is not about me. It is about all those generations of people captured in our sepia archives. So for Sepia Saturday 242 - post your posts on or around Saturday 23 August 2014 - we are asking you to trawl those archives for fans, faces, national costumes and hidden meanings. So post your post, add a link to the list below, and show what a fan you are of Sepia Saturday by visiting your fellow Sepians.

Before you go off wafting around, you might want to take a look at the next couple of Sepia Saturday theme images.

243 : Running away, escaping the crowds, beaches, steam train, aquarium (domed)

244 : Itinerant entertainers, hurdy gurdy man, unusual pets, monkeying around

Back to the fans (that tends to make you a bit cold). Time to look out your old photos for Sepia Saturday 242.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Sepia Saturday 241 : 16 August 2014

"And don't forget to write" was a phrase lobbed at the back of many a departing relative in years gone by. Whether it was husbands marching off to war, kids skipping off to college, or Auntie Mary returning to her cottage in the next town, writing letters home was once as common as a quick text message to say "home safe and sound". But unlike texts, letters home were once  far richer sources of history, packed as they were with thoughts, impressions, memories and gossip. Our theme this week revolves around letters home and you can interpret it as widely as you want. It might be letters, it might be cards, it might be writing, it might be people far away from home. All you need to do is to feature an old photograph and tell us a little about it. Post your posts on or around Saturday 16 August 2014 and then link your post to the list below. And then celebrate the theme by keeping in touch with all your fellow Sepians by a quick visit and a few well chosen words home. 

Before you put digital pen to paper, take a look at what is coming over the next few weeks.

242 : Fans, faces, national costumes, hidden meanings

243 : Running away, escaping the crowds, beaches, steam train, aquarium (domed)

Back to this week - it is time to say what should be said. Clean sheet of paper. Address at the top. Dear Sepians, .......

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Sepia Saturday 240 : 9th August 2014

I suspect I am about to be arrested. The charge? False pretences. Pretending to be a sober, reliable, competent, Sepia Saturday administrator when, in truth, I can't even get the weekly call up on time. And when I am arrested, I will be taken away and one of those photographs will be taken, just like the one of Sylvester Hurlbert which comes from the Flickr Commons stream of Tyne and Wear Archives. If you have any criminals in your family background and have photographs of them, then you could post those.  Equally, any official photograph would fit this theme and allow you to avoid the charge of posting under false pretences. Indeed any portrait will do and, don't forget, you won't be charged with treason if you ignore the theme and post any old photograph you choose. All you do is to post your post on or around Saturday 9th August and link to the list below.

Before you are led away into the prison cell of sepia contemplation, perhaps you would like to read the charge sheet for the coming weeks.

241 : Writing and Letters

242 : Fans, Faces, national Costumes, Hidden Meanings

Right, that's your exercise time all gone. It's back to your cell. Time to do your time. Time to put your post together for Sepia Saturday 240.

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