IT is often said that old photographs are a window to the past. This is of course true, they help us to get a feel of past times like no other medium. But just as you can sit and gaze through a window and see more and more the longer you look, these old photographs can provide layer after layer of hidden information. And it often is the process of scanning, enlarging and preparing for publication that pulls the shades aside and allows you to see so much more. Sepia Saturday blogger Nancy (My Ancestors And Me) alluded to this process in her excellent post last week ("Two Bits"). She spoke of how she eventually was able to date the photograph of her barber grandfather by the date showing in the calendar in the background (if you haven't read Nancy's post, read it for the superb quality of the writing just as much as for the photographic investigation).
Information in the foreground, information in the background - whatever the old photograph, it is welcome on the Sepia Saturday Blog. Sepia Saturday 25 will be on Saturday 29th May 2010. Post your post and sign up on the Linky List below.
Thank you for the link to Nancy's blog. I hope to join the group soon! Thank you.
What a surprise to see my photo and post highlighted on Sepia Saturday. Thank you very much, Alan. I appreciate it.
Scanning some pix as I type this--looking forward to another Sepia Saturday.
Mine has gone up a few hours early. Pub Quiz tonight so I am not sure I will be in a suitable state to post later on!
I've got some treats for you this week!
@Alan - Ooh! Pub quiz? Sounds great fun! What's your best category. Let me guess: "potent potables"?
Shave and a haircut.... :)
Fitting that this week's post comes on Memorial Day weekend (in the States)! This week I opted for something different...
Going back to 1924 and my mother's second grade class.
A friend kindly sent me an mpeg of the sheet music I published last week, composed by my great step uncle 100 years ago.
What an extraordinary act of kindness.
You can hear the result on my blog today.
Out on an excursion with my mom today, but I'll get to everyone before the weekend is out!
Have a great weekend everybody!
Alan, how did the quiz go?
I have enjoyed everyone's photographs and stories. Got to go and check them out.
Kat : It went well. I won the week before so it meant that I set and asked the questions last night. Perhaps I will post some of the questions on News From Nowhere as a Bank Holiday diversion.
I'm looking forward to catching up with everyone's posts. I've missed you ...my dear virtual neighbours.
I'm a slowpoke today but managed to post a view into my own dark past. I'll visit everyone this afternoon.
Somehow I entered the link to last week's post. (Thanks to Willow for letting me know!) So I've re-entered the correct one. Come on over!
Better late than never. I had started in the morning and walked away from the computer and it is now 6:40 pm. I really enjoy the who process and keep finding new things to share.
Sepia Saturday is so much fun! I missed last week, but love the process of finding old photos. I've been digging through my mother-in-law's old photos. I can't wait to get to my dad's!
Me again. Haven't had a minute to visit anyone and I'm beat, so I promise to catch up with you all over the next few days. I look forward to reading all your wonderful posts.
I have been away from my PC for a month...but I did get up a post for this weekend! It is sort of a combination Sepia/Memorial Day effort. I plan to spend tomorrow reading up on all the Sepia Saturdays I have missed! I do love these!
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