Our Sepia Saturday theme image this week, like the vast majority of our theme images, comes from the wonderful Flickr Commons initiative. Not only does Flickr Commons provide a platform for museums and archives to make their collections available to the general public, but it also provides a forum for the collaborative exploration of those images. This photograph - which has been contributed by the National Library of Ireland - provides an excellent illustration of this. The original catalogue details are as follows:
This family is almost certainly from Newtown in Waterford city, and Mr Fanning may have had something to do with a Butter Store. I'd say from the clothes, etc. that this is quite early for a Poole photo? (1884 is our earliest Poole glass plate.)
It's a great shot of parents, children, and puppy all en famille, and their freckliness (officially recognised medical term) is fascinating...
Whilst that is interesting in its own right, the discussion which follows adds extra layers of fascination - in exactly the way we Sepias are very familiar with. As far as our Sepia Saturday 314 efforts are concerned (post your post on or around Saturday 23 January 2016 and add a link to the list below) there are a host of potential themes to go with - I know which one I will be following and the reason why (but you will have to wait to discover what that is). Here is our normal look ahead at what is waiting for us around the sepia corner.
I will leave you with the Fannings and their collection of toy boats. Talking of boats, I am off for a few days to the coast for reasons that are beyond me. I will be back for the weekend but then I have to go back to the coast on Sunday for reasons that are anything but beyond me. Time will tell.