Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Sepia Saturday 157 : Christmas 2012

It is Christmas time here on Sepia Saturday and, as usual, we are having a Sepia Season by having just one call for the entire Christmas and New Year Season. So you can post your contributions to Sepia Saturday 157 at your leisure and add a link to the list below when you get a few minutes between eating the mince pies  and pulling the Christmas crackers. You could even join in the singing with Santa Claus on this tram in Stockholm in 1950, or you could give us your own take on Christmas based on your old photographs, or ignore any pretext of a theme and just share a fascinating old photograph. Just post your post, link your link, and have a wonderful Christmas. The normal Sepia Saturday will return on Saturday 5th January and here is a quick preview of our next two theme images.

Before I go, I would like to wish all Sepia Saturday followers and participants a most happy Christmas and wonderful New Year. In particular, can I take this opportunity to thank the two people who have helped me so much in keeping the Sepia Calls coming each week by taking over the reins when I have been away : Marilyn Brindley (Little Nell) and Kat Mortensen. I know many of us have had Marilyn in our thoughts over recent weeks as she has had to cope with the loss of both her father and her sister-in-law. Marilyn e-mailed me the other day and asked me to pass on her thanks to all her Sepia Saturday friends for their support in this difficult time and to say that she will be posting again in the new year. 

Over the years, Sepia Saturday has become a wonderful supportive community, one which I am very proud to be a member of. Thank you all for making it so, have a splendid Christmas and New Year.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Sepia Saturday 156 : 15 December 2012

As we move towards the Festive Season, it is time to get out the mistletoe, hang it from every doorway and encourage an epidemic of kissing. Not that these two seem to need too much encouragement : the photograph was taken in the late 1920s and has been made available from the Australian National Maritime Collection via Flickr Commons. As always, you can go where you want with this theme image, or if you prefer, you can ignore it all together. We are not asking for a passionate kiss, nor even a peck on the cheek : just an old image and some new reflections to be published on or around Saturday the 15th of December. Once your post is up, add a link to the list below and join in the fun.

Please remember, that there is just one call over the Christmas and New Year period (Sepia Saturday 157) and then we will be back as normal on the 5th January with Sepia Saturday 158. Here is a quick preview of the next two archive images:

All that lies in the future. For the moment, "give us a kiss for Christmas".

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Sepia Saturday 155 : 8 December 2012

It is true to say of my old family photographs - and from what I have seen over the years, the same is true of most other Sepians (I love that word but it was invented by Ticklebear and not by me) - that photographs from the first half of the twentieth century either feature one's relatives in their Sunday best, or in their overalls. Well so often in Sepia Saturday we have turned our spotlight on the Sunday finery,  so this week I want to focus the spotlight on the humble overalls (and, workwear of all types). Now regular Sepians who are members of the Royal Houses of Europe - and there are several of them, aren't there your majesty? - may have trouble finding a working relative, but I suspect the rest of us won't find it too much of a challenge. And you can always interpret my archive theme image - which is from the collection of the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia - in any way that you want to. All you need do is to post your post on or around Saturday the 8th December 2012 and add a link to the list below.

And as we approach the festive season, the advanced warning of what is to come might be particularly useful. As usual, I have made SS157 a Christmas Call rather than focussing on a particular day so people can have maximum flexibility during this busy time. The normal weekly Sepia Saturday service will resume with SS158 on Saturday 5th January 2013. Here are the next two archive images :

But all that is in the future. For the moment, roll up your sleeves, put your overalls on and get working hard with your contribution to Sepia Saturday 155.