Trumpet fanfares : My Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen. Welcome to that celebration of old and curious photographs that is known throughout the world as Sepia Saturday. Indeed, welcome to a very special Sepia Saturday, because four years and 199 themes ago, Sepia Saturday was born. And we are celebrating this important anniversary by asking everybody who has ever joined in with Sepia Saturday to look back on their contributions and choose a favourite one. Simply republish that favourite Sepia post and we will gather together all the contributions and publish them in a little "The Best Of Sepia Saturday" book which will be available for anyone to buy on-line. As you would expect from Sepia Saturday, there are very few rules and regulations involved in this special Sepia Saturday post. It can be any of your Sepia Saturday posts, but unfortunately we will have to limit it to one per participant. If you would like to amend or update the post, that is fine so long as it remains recognisably related to the original post. I would also like to include a short paragraph about each of the contributors - something along the lines of the Blogger profiles that appear on most of our blogs.
All I ask is that, if you are willing to participate in the "Best Of Sepia Saturday" book project you let me know in a comment to this call along with any short biography you want me to use. If you do say that you want to participate I will take this to mean that you are giving us permission to use any copyright material included in the specific post you are contributing. If, for any reason, you are not able to participate this weekend but would still like to take part in the project, let us know as soon as possible and we will try and work something out. If you don't want to participate in the book project, you are, of course, welcome to contribute any Sepia Saturday post you want to submit for this week's call. Whether they are for the book or not, the process remains the same : post your posts on or near Saturday 26th October 2013 and then link it to the list below. But this time, if you want to participate in the celebration book, don't forget to leave us a note via a comment below saying you want in and including a couple of sentences of biographical information. I am around all week so I will keep a close eye on the comments and on the Facebook Page and try to answer any questions as they arise.
Before you dash off and start searching through your archives of your archives, here is a quick preview of the next two Sepia Saturday calls:
201 : Houses are such an important part of all our lives, be they big or small, stone or wood, brick or turf. So this week we celebrate our ancestral homes in old photographs.
202 : Photographer, beach, camera, tripod, and even Corky The Cat - there is so much going on in Sepia Saturday 202 that it is a theme for all seasons.
Those two will see Sepia Saturday launched into its' fifth year. But before we move off into the future it is time to look back at the past : our sepia past here on Sepia Saturday.
I have never republished a SepiaSaturday post before. Hope this works.
I am an amateur photographer who likes to take pictures of scenery, still life and some people some of the time. I mostly like the ordinary of life.
Thanks Rosie. Just a general point about the potted biographies - could people give them a geoegraphical context (unless they would prefer not to) just so people get a flavour of the geographical diversity of Sepia Saturday contributions. Also could people make sure they let me know what form of name they would like to be known as if it is different to their blog id. Rosie, can I add that you are from the Miramichi area of Canada?
Yes Alan, you can add my name Rose Theriault, Miramichi, New Brunswick, Canada. My question to you is: did my favorite post of the photo shoot my sister and I take at the beach the featured one for this anniversary prompt? If not, could you let me know, and also how to re-publish a former post? Thanks, Rosie.
Hi Alan, I'd like to offer my contribution to your book. I think this is a wonderful idea! Here's my short bio.
Dee Burris Blakley is a family historian and taphophile living in Arkansas, in the southeast United States. Since 1999, she has been pouring over the photos in the Williams family album, muttering to her great great grandmother about her failure to label them. Sometimes, her ancestors talk back. When not consumed by family history or photographing graves, Dee spends her time with three geriatric cats and a very energetic middle aged schnauzer.
Okay Alan and Marilyn, this is a first for me, just getting to repost it, (hence my early start) but I believe it's in. I am hereby giving you consent to repost it and include it in our Sepia Saturday book. Let me know if you need anything more from me. This is so very exciting, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it.
I forget to leave a short bio for me.
Karen Sather, Minneapolis, Minnesota, a life long researcher, writer and dreamer. Living with an irresistible need to uncover my ancestor's stories but also, to unearth architectural and historical discoveries, as well.
Karen and Dee, thanks. Rosie I have corrected the link for you.
Great, this is such a wonderful project, hats off to those who thought of it in the first place!! :)
Hi Alan I will add the "West Yorkshire UK" geo-info
Alan....out of interest,how will you be able to transfer from screen to book?given the various differences in dimensions between Screen & page? (eg you wont be able to screengrab to transfer it whole?)Also,I dont think i read the rules right! Is it a straight copy or can i do as I have done intially (copy+paste #102 into #200).If you just want the Original as a whole unedited thingy,let me know & I will do that instead/as well as what Ive published just now
I have chosen what was my post for SS54 on the basis that it has been the third most visited of my posts and that it connects where I live now to where I was born.
It still contains a link back to SS54 which would have to be edited out of any book. Incidentally SS54 has lost its photo.
Bio; Bob Scotney is a retired consultant from North Yorkshire whose articles and letters have appeared in The Lady, Ireland's Own, The Times, Best of British, ezines and local magazines
@Dee Burris - I commented twice (once anonymously without my name, and then again with it), but then couldn't find either. I hope YOU can.
Tough decision, but I went something simple that I think encapsulates the whole notion of SS. Hope you like it!
I cheated a bit and added something new at the end. Hope that's okay.
I would like to participate in the book project. I reposted a post with a real SEPIA postcard.
Postcardy is an avid postcard collector from Fridley, Minnesota. She enjoys blogging and maintaining personal websites about postcards.
Reposting my favorite, from last fall - but with a shocker of an illustrated postscript! As far as a bio goes...
Sean Bentley was born in Seattle rather a long time ago. A recovering poet and power-pop guitarist, he is currently a technical writer/editor, obsessive genealogist, and eccentric flaneur with a Canon.
Tony : The honest answer is that, as yet, I am not sure. I suspect what I will do is cut and paste from the blogs into a word document, convert to a PDF, and then import into something like a Lulu template. I think. It will be in that trusted method of trial and error.
As for the rules, as usual, there aren't any. Do whatever you are happy with and that will be reflected in the diversity of the publication which will, in turn, reflect the diversity of the group.
Bob, Kat, Postcardy and Sean - thank you
Yees, I would love to be included in The Book of Sepia Saturday. It has certainly been fun this year whenever I post, hearing from so many friendly people and looking at their blog posts also.
BIO: Barbara is retired from salaried work, and now overworks as a volunteer and diligent clay artist, publisher of 3 blogs, photographer, grandmother, and caregiver of 2 cats. My blog "When I was 69" started as a way to keep my friend's and my own stories alive, and morphed into keeping the lives of my ancestors available through their birthdays.
I’m happy to agree to my Sepia Saturday entry being reproduced for your book. Since I had deleted the original (which I will not do from now on!) I had to reconstruct it, but I think I got it fairly close to the original. “La Nightingail” is Gail Perlee from Soulsbyville, California in the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Yosemite National Park. Living in the mountains is heaven for me, and I’m rather into the arts as is probably evident from some of my posts. I sing, love making a fool of myself onstage, and still dance a little (tap shoes remain handy on a shelf in the closet). I sketch and write (novels & short stories – as yet unpublished, but hope survives.) For fun, I draw house plans, and I’m an avid reader – mostly of historical romance which is what I write. I also enjoy climbing our family tree, and I knit a bit – for KAS (Knit-A-Square). Look it up!
I picked a rather long one, some autobiographic writing by my mother that ran in 2011 for Sepia Saturday #63. I made a few updates to acknowledge the former Sepia Saturday post as now also being a #200 post. Otherwise, I just am linking to the original page.I would like to be credited as:
Kristin Cleage, former revolutionary librarian, back to the lander, mother of many and family historian. I spend way too much time on the computer posting from Atlanta, GA at present but also from Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi and Missouri.
Difficult to choose a particular post but the one I've chosen of London Bridge was pretty popular. Alan, feel free to use any of my posts in your book, but contact me first so I can remove my watermark from the image.
I chose this post because I cried while I wrote it and it was the one that drew the most comment. I love your idea for the book and would love to participate. Here's a short bio.
Helen Bauch McHargue retired from the food consulting business, Food Smarts and now lives on an avocado grove in Fallbrook, California with her husband and two cats. She enjoys traveling, eating well, reading and writing about anything that interests her.
I'm definitely in!
As for a little bio, I wish I could sound more interesting, but here you go: Wendy Mathias is a retired teacher living in Chesapeake, Virginia. She has been a family history blogger for two years but a researcher of her various family lines much longer. When she’s not trying to make sense of the many photos passed down to her, Wendy and her husband enjoy traveling, visiting wineries, and cruising around Smith Mountain Lake in their pontoon.
Hi Alan, what a splendid idea to publish a book! I like to congratulate Kat, Marilyn and yourself on reaching this milestone. I would hope that you also allow SS renegades like myself to join your project. If so I like to offer my contribution for SS 164 http://patmcast.blogspot.nl/2013/02/sepia-saturday-watchman.html.
If it is of any help I can make my contribution available to you in either Word or PDF-format. In that case please send me an email and I will return the document to you. My email address is patmiebies at gmail dot com.
BIO: Peter Miebies is a retired airline employee (KLM Royal Dutch Airlines) living in Castricum, The Netherlands. Since the early eighties he takes an interest in genealogy and writing. Also history is one of his favorite subjects. He is particularly keen on family and airline history. Furthermore he collects Dutch Leerdam and Maastricht glass. Peter has an English language blog (http://www.patmcast.blogspot.nl/) dedicated to all of his interests. He uses Twitter (@patmcast) to collect all kinds of information. Peter is happily married to Jeanne for almost half a century and looking forward to the other half.
I struggled to pick a post.
Sharon believes that it is important to record memories, events and details of our heritage for future generations, before it is too late and lost forever. It is her dream to retire early and spend her retirement travelling around Australia and overseas, visiting relatives, taking photos and researching her family history.
I would like to offer my contribution to your book - a great idea. Here is a biog.
ScotSue is Susan Donaldson from the beautiful Scottish Borders. She is a retired librarian with a varied career that has included work in tourist information centres, and local studies archives. Family history interests span her own family from Lancashire and Shropshire in England and her husband's maritime ancestors from Leith (Edinburgh) and South Shields in Tyne & Wear. Her other interests (besides family history and blogging) include classical music, photography and crafts.
To Alan: I looked at Lulu and was going to try it out. I got as far as downloading their template which is a .docx that would probably be easy to paste into directly if you have a newer version of Word that uses .docx files. I couldn't use it because I still have an old version of Word that only uses .doc files.
Thanks to everyone for all the contributions, bios and information. My contribution is now up. I will wait until early next week and then start gathering things together into a first draft and let you know how things go on.
I definitely want this week's entry in the "Best of..." collection. Please copyright the material to David M. Lynch. And as for a short piece about myself...
David M. Lynch, a/k/a The Silver Fox, delivers an occasional blog post, short story, poem, song, or article from his home in Southern Massachusetts, USA.
This was such a difficult choice!! There have been so many posts inspired by great SS prompts, how can you select just one? Do what I did an have you Facebook friends vote lol.
Alan have you looked at blurb.com? They have a blog-to-book feature. I tried it for one of my sites and it didn't work for me but I know other Sepians have used it. Will you be including comments? Sometimes that is where some fantastic information sharing takes place!
Martha Gibbons is a working mom and wife in Southern California USA who enjoys history, blogging, cooking, sewing and all things family. She loves digging into family archives and mysteries hoping to find the threads that tie everyone together. Her site Who Were They? was started as a means to find descendants of those pictured in old photographs to hopefully reunite photos with their kin.
Count me in, Alan. Lift whatever you need from the short bio on my blog. Cheers!
I spent far too much time choosing the blogpost I wanted, but I’ve come up with one of my very favourites, because it’s all pictures of my own family and in sepia, and also because it contains my parent’s memories.
Happy to participate in S.S.#200 with my favourite post, which features my mom and dad.
I have chosen a very adventerous post and you have my permission to print it in the Sepia Saturday book.
My bio: Passionate organizer. Friendly entrepreneur. Hardcore social media enthusiast. Extreme, mainstream multisensory blogger. Bacon and TV fanatic.
I am developing a business plan that will take me into the ever changing world of social media management is something consuming a great deal of my time lately. I'm highly interested in digital branding, marketing strategy, and other edgy stuff. I am self taught and self made in this new industry where I will be responsible for the social marketing of any forward thinking industries that will have me! :)
Thank you, Alan, for pursuing this great idea and especially for creating this terrific club. Congratulations to you and all your marvelous assistants for maintaining this lively virtual pub.
My brief bio:
Mike Brubaker is a professional musician who plays the horn in several orchestras and chamber groups in southeastern United States. He also collects antique photographs and postcards of musicians and musical groups, and writes stories and histories about them on his blog. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina.
Im from Salem, Massachusetts if you would like to add that to my bio.
Happy Anniversary Sepia Saturday! As a Johnny come lately to Sepia Saturday I have chosen my first post with a couple of Johnnys celebrating the mystery of photos with no known story. I am from Brisbane Australia - a family historian and an L-Plate Librarian with a love of photography and blogging.
Thank you Alan and Kat for creating this wonderful place for people from around the world to meet for a weekly show and tell.
Nancy Javier - In the publishing business for the past few years. Author of 3 blogs - one on avocados, and 2 on film. Avid collector of old books and ephemera. Contributor to Sepia Saturday for the past 2 years. Resident of Fallbrook, California, the avocado capital of the world.
Barbara Finwall-The book is a great idea. Would love to be included. I've been participating in Sepia Saturday for the last 3 years. I'm retired from the publishing business and before that the advertising biz. Now I live on a small avocado ranch in Fallbrook, CA. I enjoy watercolor, collages, art classes, the theater, reading, films, photography, genealogy and animals.
A picnic (or two) to celebrate 'the Australian way'!
Although a relative newcomer, and intermittent contributor, I would love to be included.
Jackie from Jax Trax is Jackie van Bergen, a family historian lucky enough to take up the habit while her parents and even grandparents were alive. I joined Sepia Saturday when a visit to my parents unearthed an enormous collection of old family photos dating back to even their great grandparents! My part time proof reading business helps fund my passion. Originally from country Victoria I now live in Sydney with my husband and step daughter.
I wouldn't have missed this for the world...I reached all the way back to posting for week 13! How far we have come indeed. Yes I want to participate in every way and look forward to buying said book. We celebrate in style this week. I will be up very soon.....it's still Friday here, and see I am at the end of the long list of celebrants, so far I am #34, going back to 13! Hooray for us.
PS, Alan, I'm all in...I am retired, from a 34 year career in state government, yikes a bureaucrat. Today I am a dabbler at many things writing, quilting, stitchery, reading, gardening, physical activity and living well in Minnesota, where we moved to hubby's home town in retirement...We snowbird in the winter and journey south to warmer climates in our motor home. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, but lived in northern California for over 40 years.
I've enjoyed contributing to the friendly and supportive Sepia Saturday group and reading members' contributions, so I couldn't let the 200th pass without joining in.
Bio: Lorraine Phelan (Boobook)is a retired teacher and lives in Victoria, Australia. She enjoys photography, family history, local history and natural history and unfortunately finds she has little time left for housework.
So, this is the Big Day, eh?!?
Bruno Laliberté, partly real, partly fictitious, a committed blogger/photographer from Montreal, by birth and by choice, an artist who worked in customer services, visual display and health care. You think this is complex, you should hear about my personal life!!!
Alan, if someone hasn't already mentioned it, you could try blurb.com instead of cutting and pasting into a word document. It may not work but it takes posts and puts them on pages so you can edit them. (But since we're not all on the same blog, maybe it won't work....) But maybe there is something we could do to make it easier for you. It just sounds like such a huge, huge project!
Nancy, living in central Ohio, spends too much time researching, thinking about, and writing about her ancestors. She also enjoys spending time with her living family members and her Airedale, Hannah.
At Little Nell's insistence I have helped to celebrate the 200th edition by reissuing my explanation for my blogging name.
@Tattered and Lost - you've done what I have done many times, linked yourself back to the Sepia Saturday page. ;-)
That was a tough feat to pick one as I have jumped around so much these years. The book idea is great for me. I am honored to be a part of people's work that I look up too.
Bio: He is originally a southern Iowa farm boy who has made his way in the world by teaching and learning from others. Art teacher was his main title for most of his life even though it extends into computer tech, carpenter,gardener and one obsessed blogger. He still lives on the prairie so to speak in central Iowa with his wife and dogs.
Hi Alan and all, thanks for doing this!
I hope that this post will work out fine. If you want me to shrink the 3 pages of letters to extra large instead of original size, just let me know.
I miss you guys. I'll be by to visit everybody as soon as I can.
Welcome to "Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy". My name is Kathy Matthews and I live in Central Oregon with my best friend husband, Cary. I am a fifth generation Oregonian who loves to spotlight early Oregon history, take pictures, write, create, spend time with my large family, teach preschool and travel around the U.S. My main blog, Oregon Gifts, is an online journal, where I try my best to celebrate the positive portions of everyday life. My other blogs are off-shoots into particular interest areas. I began blogging in November 2008, and this is my 2008th post on this blog! Please enjoy your visit, and leave a comment if you feel led. If you would like to email me, here is my email address: oregongiftsofcomfortandjoy@ hotmail.com
I've stopped in and commented on everyone here, I think. Would love for you to visit me and leave your thoughts too.
I have been reprimanded by Little Nell for my poor attendance during the UK summer months, and received a big nudge to join in this week, which I am very happy to do. It took me sometime to even remember how to do it, I have got very rusty.
Yes...I will happily participate in the book project and all my images are fine to use
Do you really want a short biographical description of me? Oh dear ! Let us just say:
"Retired chartered accountant from Derby, UK, with as lovely wife and two lovely daughters both at university. Suffering from an obtuse sense of humour rarely understood by others."
I don’t think it was a reprimand Nigel! I said we’d love to have you!
I've only been contributing for 3 months so was a bit hesitant about re-publishing but decided on one which relies on using the date of a photo.
I had first decided to pass up this, but Nell convinced me to join anyway. I chose 'The mending workers in Scheveningen.
Something about me: I live in the city Arnhem (Netherlands) nowadays, but I was born in a family of fishermen in the village Scheveningen at the shore.
Happy Belated 200th! I was away on a cruise & had no internet but wanted to congratulate you. Thanks very much for hosting this wonderful venue for posting photographs & bringing together people. May you have at least 200 more posts ahead!
Not sure if I am too late to add a post here; as I wrote I have been away, sailing through the Panama Canal.
Colleen G. Brown Pasquale, a retired elementary school teacher in New York State who enjoys putting together pieces, both of quilts and family information into something everyone can enjoy.
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