Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Sepia Saturday 55 : Seasonal Open House


The above illustration is entitled "Making The Empire Christmas Pudding" and it dates back some eighty years and was originally published by an organisation called "The Empire Marketing Board". The Board - rather like the Empire - eventually came to an end and its archives were incorporated into the British National Archives. The illustration forms part of the National Archives' contribution to Flickr's Commons initiative which means that it is freely available for bloggers to use for non profit-making purposes. Thus the illustration has a double resonance : it helps us here on Sepia Saturday celebrate the Festive Christmas Season, and it also celebrates the idea of images being freely exchanged for the delight of their content rather than their money-making potential.

Sepia Saturday 55 is special as it is a Seasonal Open House. The Linky List will remain open throughout the Christmas and New Year holiday period. If you have a Sepia Saturday (or A Sepia Sunday, Sepia Monday ...etc) post just provide a link on the list below. You can add as many - or as few - links as you want. The "normal" Sepia Saturday arrangements will return for Sepia Saturday 56 which will be on Saturday 8th January 2010.

All that remains is for me to wish all Sepia Saturday contributors an excellent and enjoyable Christmas and New Year. As Bing Crosby used to sing : "May your days be merry and bright, And may all your Christmases be sepia".

24 comments:

Paul C said...

I have often read about Christmas pudding in literature but never tasted it. I wish I was there in your good country to enjoy it. What a beautiful image; how interesting that the word empire is used. What empires exist today?

www.dakotaboo.com said...

No Christmas puddings but I've followed up on the word 'empire' with my festive sepia saturday offering.

CrazyasaCoolFox said...

I'm in early. Merry Christmas everyone!

Bob Scotney said...

Merry Christmas everyone. I've cheated a bit but hope you like it.

whowerethey said...

I'm in early with a family Christmas photo from 1928. Merry Christmas to all!

Paul C - on my other site I have a "modern" recipe for Christmas pudding - http://gramsrecipebox.com search for plum pudding. My grandmother used to make it in Pennsylvania. It's not too difficult, a bit like fruitcake.

Alan Burnett said...

My seasonal Sepia makes a guest appearance on my Picture Post Blog whilst News From Nowhere undergoes a New Year Make-over.

MuseSwings said...

I've made plum puddings several times with a modernized recipe I perfected over the years. I'd make them right after Thanksgiving and then moisten often with brandy. They're an acquired taste, but with enough brandy and a delicious hard sauce everyone will quickly acquire a taste for plumb pudding. Merry Christmas everyone!!! (The second of my 2 links will take you to my blog.)

TICKLEBEAR said...

I'M HERE!!! just finished making something my mom used to make and i'll bring it today to my father, for old times sake...

merry xmas everyone!!
:)~
HUGZ

TICKLEBEAR said...

can someone explain to me how come the time stamp is as if this blog was in california? isn't ALAN in the UK? i just noticed this...
color me perplexed!!

paula said...

Merry Christmas from Colorado!

Tattered and Lost said...

Apparently my post did not post so I will try this again. This way I'm covering myself if the first post does show up.

My contribution to this special weeks Sepia Saturday is "One Man's Christmas." HIs story will unfold over the next 4 days with part 1 today. Be sure to stop back at my site each day to see the remaining three photos.

Barbara said...

Merry Christmas everyone.
I love the illustration of the lady making the Christmas pudding.
No time lately for Sepia Saturday but it looks like we've got a Christmas present of extra time so maybe later.

Tattered and Lost said...

Part 2 of "One Man's Christmas."

Tattered and Lost said...

One Man's Christmas Part 3

Tattered and Lost said...

The end of Ernie's Christmas.

L. D. Burgus said...

Hey, I just took a giant curve and shared some of my wife's family tree. I told her she needs to get started in posting with us.

Linda Gartz said...

That's a spectacular wedding photo in the banner! Just found your site thanks to your nice comment on mine. I love these pix! Can't add one now as I'm preparing to celebrate NYE with many friends at our home tonight. I'm thinking of my grandfather, who boarded a ship for America 100 years ago TODAY--NEW YEAR'S EVE. What a way to ring in the new!

tony said...

Seasons Greeting To Everybody ! I will have a photo up on the 1st.Regards.Tony.

Titania said...

Rather like the lady making the Christmas Pudding.
I have posted,
A happy couple with a sad ending.

I wish you all a very Happy New year; T.

CrazyasaCoolFox said...

One more post for me this New Years Day.

Anika said...

It's my first time linking up...thanks for hosting! This is a great idea for a challenge.

Jinksy said...

I have a sneaky suspicion I somehow managed to link to Dec 9th as well as the 21st! Blogger is playing tricks on me...

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Bob Scotney said...

Look what happens when you put things away.