Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Sepia Saturday 65 : Saturday 12 March 2011

From the Steinfeldt Photography Collection of the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest.
Some people enjoy looking for themes in my weekly archive image, some people choose to go their own way. With Sepia Saturday it doesn't matter because it is the image that counts. And the images don't have to be very old and they don't have to be in sepia - the above photograph which shows the furniture store of Leonard Rudolph in Duluth, Minnesota, is neither. I have to confess that until today I had no idea where Duluth was and only a vague concept of where Minnesota was in the great scheme of things. But now I am intimately familiar with a storefront in Duluth at a moment in time in 1956. I have a snapshot of the lives of four people and a visual thesis on the American motor car industry in the mid twentieth century. Make no mistake about it : images are powerful toys to play with.

Share the power of your old images by taking part in Sepia Saturday 65 which will take place on or around Saturday the 12th March 2011.
SEPIA SATURDAY is a weekly meme which encourages bloggers to publish and share old images and photographs. All that is required is for contributors to post an old image (it doesn't have to be in sepia) and provide a few words in explanation. If you could provide a link back to the Sepia Saturday Blog and visit as many of the other contributors as you can, it would also be appreciated. There is no weekly theme, as such, but some people like to use the archive image published with the weekly call as a kind of theme. There is no requirement to adopt such an approach : the choice of image is entirely up to you. Once you have published your Sepia Saturday post, add a link to that post to the Linky List published each week and leave a comment to let everyone know you are joining in.

30 comments:

Karen S. said...

Oh this is a great image for SS, so many ways to travel with this...Duluth is 3 hours from me, a very fascinating town, with the mighty Lake Superior!...I've never seen this place (it's all about big box store companies now) hardly any Pa and Ma shops, but who knows maybe this store survived. I'll check it out! But these men and their fine auto are so exceptional in your theme I think! America used to dress for success, (these gents are proof of that) these days not so much! Have a great week and I'll be thinking what to post come Saturday!

Jinksy said...

Worlds apart from your glossy photo, it was back to the schoolroom for me today, before I realised the post might qualify on your SS blog! Two birds with one stone...

barbara and nancy said...

It looks like the car that took me on my honeymoon in 1957. Someone had written "Mistake" on the side of it. Boy, were they right! Hey, maybe that should be my Sepia Saturday post.
Barbara

Postcardy said...

I posted a 1950s Minnesota storefront. I am familiar with where Minnesota is because I live there.

Bob Scotney said...

Take a car tour with me to the Coop!

Rosie said...

Loved the cars from that era. We have a Oldies Car Show here in Miramichi to coincide with the Rock 'N' Roll weekend, usually the first week of July.

Brett Payne said...

My post this week is a little more in keeping with the theme, but I've concentrated on the car and its occupant, rather than the backdrop.

Crystal Mary said...

This is an old photo and yet, everything looks bright and new. People looked after things more them, there was a pride in everything.

Bob Scotney said...

Hi Brett - I can't get your link to work.

Brett Payne said...

Sorry here's the correct one - don't know why it didn't post properly, perhaps a slip of the finger. As far as I know, I can't change it on the linky thing.

www.dakotaboo.com said...

What a great car. And the guy 2nd from the right looks like he's clicking his fingers and about to burst into song.

Just posted my submission - very off-theme this week.

imagespast said...

Fab car! I like to pick something in Alan's photo to follow but this week couldn't resist a mischievous photo of my Dad and his sister :-)

L. D. Burgus said...

Duluth, Minnesota sits at the bottom of Lake Superior. It is one of my most favorite places to visit. Large freighter from all over Europe come through all the lengths of the great lakes to end up in Duluth, Minnesota. I blogged today and as I got into the material, I found I was lost in my own family tree and didn't have the connections that I thought I should. Oh well.

Tattered and Lost said...

This week I continue with photos from George Kallman's estate, specifically his sister, Gladys.

Howard said...

That's a great picture you've found Alan. For some reason it reminds me of one of my favourite films, Glengarry Glenross. Anyway, my post is car related this week. Looking forward to seeing everyone else's posts this week.

Christine H. said...

I was going to do a theme-related post, but changed my mind with the earthquake.

Melissa (@UnboxYourPhotos on Twitter) said...

I'm like Christine H. although I posted some tsunami photos. Had I not done that, I would have gone with the theme and found a photo of the old Woolworth's where we used to shop.

Marilyn said...

I am sorry ...I am still thinking babies after my granddaughter's birth at the beginning of March!

Anna said...

I don't know much about cars, but I know what I like, and I would love to have a car like the one in your photo. They were so gorgeous! I'm sharing a car, too, just a few decades older.

TICKLEBEAR said...

a memer, not a themer, and i was ambivalent this week, as i had something ready to go, but something else is happening here in the city, and i had the vintage picture to go with it as well.
oh, heck!! i'll tell you: the St-Patrick's parade, here in Montreal. we host the oldest parade in Canada!! i guess this might be what you'll see next week...
:)~
HUGZ

i hope you don't find me insensitive to the plight of others, but i do have other venues to express my sentiments in that regard. i was astounded just as much as anyone else by what i saw. not enough they had to contend with the earthquake and its after shocks, which a specialist here said could be felt for the next year or so... but the tsunami as well??? when calamity strikes, it strikes hard!! my sympathies to the japanese people.
:/~
HUGZ

Alan Burnett said...

I think I have become half a "themer" this week. Cars, street, a large ornamental tower - just as I imagine Duluth to be.

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

Oh Alan what memories that photo brings back for me. I was a senior in high school that year and my boyfriend had a 1956 red and white Chevrolet convertible. I was the most envied gal in town. That did not last long. We both moved on to other relationships. That is HH most favorite car. We had one a few years later after we were married, but not a brand new one. I am still doing my postcards.
QMM

Pat transplanted to MN said...

Wonderful photo..Alan, I am glad you finally learned a little about Duluth and MN; Duluth is near the iron ranges far north her and also almost a gateway to the magnificent forests, a harbor on Lake Superior. We live far south of Duluth in what I joke is the banana belt of MN, right on the Mississippi touching into the far west of Wisconsin..so there's a bit of Midwest geography.... I will not be sharing on Sepia for a few weeks; busy here getting ready to leave for a southern journey to Arizona (hoorah warmnth, sun and 80 degrees I hear!) I do not particularly like the desert but right now I look forward to a change and the get away, cabin fever of a sort has had me in its grips. I will still be checking in to enjoy others posts over the next weeks though as I have time.

~Tracie~ said...

I've been sick for a few weeks and so behind on post and reading everyone Else's.... Hoping to get get caught up soon. I'm a non theme'r this week :)

Your Genetic Genealogist said...

I had already posted most of my car photos, but I did find one of a couple with a nice old car, in Minnesota and wearing nice clothes. How's that?!

Mike Brubaker said...

I've kept the theme with Minnesota. A fun challenge to find threads in photos.

Kristin said...

Nothing to do with the theme. A very small quilt made from my Sepia Saturday shadow photos, plus a few others.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi Everybody ... I posted a bit late in the day, but I gotter done! Your picture really tells a great story, Alan and Kat. It is a great example of how cool black and white photos can be ... kind of like watching a black and white movie and not even worrying about how the color of the wallpaper because everything looks so neat.

Have a great week!

Kathy

Jinksy said...

Now it's Sunday, I've done another Saturday offering! LOL

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