This is the last theme based on one of my old photographs - for a while, at least - and suitably enough it is a photograph of a works outing to the seaside resort of Blackpool. I am not sure if any of my wife's relatives are featured in this photograph, but that doesn't matter because we are this week celebrating relatives, work, outings and seaside resorts. We can be celebrating anything else you want to celebrate: this, after all, is Sepia Saturday where rules are not welcome. Just feature an old photograph, add a few well chosen words, post it in a post, and add a link to the list below .... on or around Saturday 3 April 2021.
Next week I will be starting an alphabetical tour through all the wonderful picture archives that belong to the Flickr Commons initiative. Here are the first two theme images of this new series:-
The sepia alphabet is fading into the distance, thank goodness, and that means our Sepia Saturday themes have been released from the regimentation of artificial constraints. Our theme images can go where they want, take wings and sail away on a boat. So here we are with four girls on a boat. They are looking forward to seeing all the submissions to Sepia Saturday 559 which will be posted on or around Saturday 27th February 2021. If you have a submission you wish them to see, add a link to the post in the list below.
And what better way to follow four girls than with two boys and then three men. Here's what lies ahead.
Let's hear it for the youth of today, the young ones, the you and yourself that was young in years gone by. That is at least eight y's in a single sentence and quite enough of them for one week. Yes. (there goes another one) the Sepia Saturday alphabet has reached the penultimate letter and we invite you to celebrate it with an old photograph. The theme image features a youth, but, as always, you can do whatever you like with the theme image - including ignoring it all together. Just post your post on or around Saturday 13th February and add a link to the list below.
The last time we did an alphabet on Sepia Saturday, I think I used a picture of a zoo for the letter Z, so next week I have gone for something different. Yes, it is a zoom lens. See what you can do with that. And after that we can forget the alphabet for a while and wallow in disorganised serendipity. Here are the prompts:-
Our Sepia Saturday trawl through the alphabet is nearing its end, so to take us into the last four or so letters we have a little music, played rather suitably, on the violin. You don't need to play the violin, of course, the way Sepia Saturday themes work is that you can play the vacuum cleaner, the vaudeville stage, or even the vegetable stew if you so wish. All you need to do is to stay within the rules of Sepia Saturday, and, as we lost the rule book in Week 2 back in 2009, you can interpret that as you will. Just post your post on or around Saturday 23 January 2021 and add a link to the list below.
Waterfalls and X rays are just around the corner, variety (there's another v for you) is not only the spice of life but the life-blood of Sepia Saturday.
"If I had a sepia umbrella / with the memories on the inside / and the COVID on the outside / if I had a sepia umbrella / what a wonderful world it would be"
Only those Sepians of a certain age will remember Diana Decker's 1954 hit song, and to those, I apologise for my 2021 re-writing of the lyrics. Whatever lyrics you prefer, the song is an introduction to this week's Sepia Saturday theme image which features an umbrella repair man from the 1930s. Normally we would turn to an umbrella when it starts to rain, but here on Sepia Saturday, we turn to an umbrella when our journey through the sepia alphabet gets to the letter U. As always, all we need for Sepia Saturday is You, so you can follow any number of themes (umbrellas, repairs, bridges, caps ...) or no theme at all. Just post a post on or around Saturday 16th January 2021 and include a link in the list below.
And if you are anxious to know what follows U, I can exclusively reveal here for the first time, it is V, W , X Y and Z. Here are the next couple of letters:
A Happy New Year to Sepians everywhere. First of all let me thank you for supporting Sepia Saturday for the last eleven years, and for your thoughts and suggestions about the future of Sepia Saturday. Clearly members want Sepia Saturday to continue as a Blog-based platform for sharing old photographs, and so it will. I will continue working my way through the Sepia alphabet - which should take us to the beginning of March - and I would welcome suggestions for our weekly calls after that. We can continue with optional themes, drop themes altogether or adopt some other approach - let me know what you think.
To take us into 2021 we have the letter T. You can interpret this as you like, for our theme image I have chosen a Birmingham tram from the 1920s. All you have to do is to feature an old photo in a blog post, post the post on or around Saturday 9th January 2021, and add a link to the list below.
And here are some more sepia letters for the coming few weeks:-