Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Sepia Saturday 68 : 2 April 2011

Image by Lewis Hine : Archives of the US Work Progress Administration
My archive image this week is Lewis Hine's famous picture "Power House Mechanic Working On Steam Hammer". Taken in 1920 and now part of the collection of the US Work Progress Administration and freely available via the WikiMedia Collection, the image perfectly captures that almost cursed synergy that was seen to exist between man (and woman) and machine in the 1920s and can also be seen in films such as Chaplins' masterpiece "Modern Times". For the "themers" amongst Sepia Saturday regulars there is plenty to be working on, for those who are following a theme of their own, it is something to look at and admire whilst they link their own contribution. Sepia Saturday 68 will be on or about the 2nd April 2011, which I suppose is anytime between now and next Sunday, so get working.
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.


29 comments:

Martin H. said...

I thought this post might be of interest.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi Alan ... omg, you are not going to believe my post! I just found the material at a thrift store yesterday and boy, is it timely for this week's theme. Have a great SS, even if this is only Wednesday. Take care,
Kathy M.

Postcardy said...

My post is about a strong workman, The Village Blacksmith.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi, I hope that you guys don't mind, but I am linking up my second Sepia post for the week. Friday is my Dad's birthday, and I have posted some more Americana stuff that is really neat. I don't mean to be a Sepia Saturday hogger, but I didn't want you guys to miss out. Thanks!

Kathy M.

Bob Scotney said...

Some of my pictures leave a bit to be desired this week. Large scale engineering construction in the oil industry is the topic.

www.dakotaboo.com said...

Not theming this week as I had to create my post in advance thanks to the inconvenience of it being financial year end.

Great photo though Alan - and one I'm pretty sure I've seen used as an album cover somewhere in my distant past. I'm now mildly irritated that I can't remember where :-)

Margaret said...

Hmm. I find myself admiring the man more than that machine! Thank you for posting those fabulous biceps! :)

Rosie said...

I agree Margaret, he is not hard to look at!

Brett Payne said...

My contribution is more "men at work?" than "man & machine," so I'm only following the theme very loosely this week, but I hope you'll enjoy it as much I enjoy all of yours, nevertheless.

Christine H. said...

My contribution has more to do with April fools - both today and tomorrow.

Howard said...

My post this week shows Belgian refugees who worked at a hand-grenade factory during World War One.

barbara and nancy said...

Love the photo. Reminds me of the work of Margaret Bourke-White during the depression.
I'm not on theme at all this week. Sorry. But I think you'll enjoy meeting my "fun loving group".
Nancy
http://ladiesofthegrove.blogspot.com/

Marilyn said...

I thought I had already left a message here but the gremlins may have got it.
I am not sure if my post can be counted as being part of the 'theme' or not, it's about my Dad and telephones in NZ.

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

Well my connection to the theme is hard working man. No machine involved though and an up to date possibility. Great photo Alan.
QMM

dee-burris said...

Using my post to muse about how quickly a family's fortunes can change.

Crazy as a Cool Fox said...

I have no connection to this week's theme but it is a beautiful old building. Looking forward to seeing everyones posts!

Mike Brubaker said...

If the message is Man vs. Machine, than I'm on theme this weekend. Happy April the First!

Thanks to All for your comments, but especially for a clue that my embedded audio clips on a recent post were somehow misread by certain browsers as being on autoplay. I've corrected that and learned yet more secret html://code.

TICKLEBEAR said...

i'm in!!
not as a themer, nor as a memer...
but as an anti-themer!!
since i had no pictures on the ready fitting with the theme, hard working man, i took the complete opposite idea: not working!!! (in two very different scenarios)
:)~
HUGZ

Karen S. said...

At first I wasn't so sure which way to go...but I learned so much in this post, it was really fun. Thanks for the great image!

Jinksy said...

I don't expect my photos will ever match a Sepia Theme - probably because I post them first, and come here for a look second!! Still, it adds variety, eh? LOL

Alan Burnett said...

I nearly follow my own theme this week - which is rare for me. Is it cheating to follow your own theme?

Betsy said...

I'm like Jinksy...post, then come over! LOL

Mine is sure to make you laugh.
:)

Anna said...

Such a wonderful photo and a powerful image you posted this week. Truly a piece of art.

paula said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who stops by to read after I've written my post. I was beginning to feel a bit guilty!

imagespast said...

I was really struggling to find a "men at work" photo, but in the process of looking, I made a great discovery! I suspect Alan would approve of my "circuitous" route :-) Happy Saturday everyone! Jo

Tattered and Lost said...

That WPA piece is stunning. So much amazing art came out of the WPA. These days with certain foolish people in our government the arts are considered of lesser value. Truly a shame.

My post is a continuation of the Kallman family. Stepping back to meet the parent's of George and Gladys, Alfred and Lorena Aina Beck.

wordsasunder said...

I posted this poem quite early on in my blog and it has sat there languishing, almost unread and unnoticed. Earlier today I decided to try and copy/scan the photo that it refers to and add it to the poem in readiness for another weekly prompt that starts on monday, when I spotted this one and thought I'd share it here too. Hope you like it :)

tony said...

But Only With An Hour To Spare..........

Mike Schofield said...

Would appreciate any help you can give me at figuring out where picture 3 was taken and what that big mock ship is there for!