It has been a stressful few days and in the good old days I would have reached for my trusty pipe and tobacco pouch. Others would have reached for cigarette packets or cigar cases or snuff boxes : whatever the delivery method, tobacco was the preferred accompaniment to lifes' ups and downs. Now we know better and tobacco sales are hidden away behind high counters, plain wrappers and dire warnings. But here on Sepia Saturday we deal with the past, and therefore Sepia Saturday 175 - post your posts on or around Saturday 4th May 2013 - provides you with an opportunity to light up your blog with pictures featuring smoking, cigarettes, vending machines, gold flakes, black cats ... or anything else you can spot in our archive image. The picture dates back to 1931 and features a rather unique device - a vending machine that delivered a lit cigarette! The picture comes from the Flickr Commons stream of the Dutch National Archive.
Before you rush off to post your post, you may want to relax for a few moments, take a pinch of snuff, and consider what the next two Sepia Saturdays have to offer.
176 : A chemistry lesson takes us back to school for SS176. Schools were such important parts of all our lives and our collections are bound to feature some school-related photographs. Our theme image is bound to get a reaction!
177 : Sepia Saturday 177 stays with kids, but these kids are upside down, wrong way around and all over the place. Kids have always climbed and swung and proud parents have always taken photographs of their acrobatic endeavours.
But kids are for the future and this week we are staying with our smoking theme. Just post your posts and then link them to the Linky List below.
WARNING FROM THE SURGEON-GENERAL : Smoking can seriously damage your health whereas posting old photographs of people smoking will not damage your computer at all.