Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Sepia Saturday 269 : 7th March 2015


Ladies and Gentlemen, take your partners for the next dance at the Annual Sepia Ball. It is the ever popular polka and we will be dancing to that old favourite, the Violet Polka (which you might also notice is also called the Adelaide Polka). If you are not familiar with the dance, the steps are quite simple. Search for an old photograph which somehow connects with the theme image (think music, dance, polkas, violets .... think anything). Post it to a blog post and say something about it. Publish the post on or around Saturday 7th March 2015 and then link it to the list below. Simple as one, two, three, skip. Our theme image this week comes from collection of the Jerwood Library of the Performing Arts, just one of the splendid institutions that make their photographic collections available via Flickr.

Before we start dancing, take a look at what is on our dance cards for the next couple of weeks.


270 : Puppies / Air Crew / Hugs


271 : Horses / Rivers / Drinking

Don't worry about such things now. I can hear the band beginning to strike up. Take your partners please for the Sepia Polka.




Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Sepia Saturday 268 : 28 February 2015


Our trawl through the various on-line archives available via the Flickr Commons initiative has already taken us to some fairly esoteric places, and this week is no exception for we are off to St Petersburg via Geneva. The photograph is in fact a 1917 postcard depicting a political demonstration on Nevsky Prospect in Petrograd, Russia, and as students of Russian history will know, this was right in the middle of the Russian revolution. The image comes from the Kathryn & Shelby Cullom Davis Library of the Graduate Institute of Geneva. For those in search of a theme there are, as always, plenty of options: parades, banners, and gatherings spring to mind and for those in search of a more revolutionary approach, there is always revolutions. All you need do is to post a post on or around Saturday 28th February 2015 and link it to the list below. 

Before you start marching and chanting, take a look at what awaits you in the future:

269 : Music / Dance / Polkas / Violets

270 : Puppies / Air Crew / Hugs

Before you start marching off into the brave new sepia dawn, just a quick reminder to visit the Sepia Saturday Magazine on Flipboard to see all your Sepia Saturday posts in a bright new format. But all that is for the future, for the moment let us rejoin the demonstration. All together now:  "What do we want? Sepia Images. When do we want them? Now"



Monday, 16 February 2015

Sepia Saturday 267 : 21 February 2015


Our tour of the world's photographic archives has become a newsworthy event: this week on Sepia Saturday our theme image is being reported on the radio. To be precise it is on Finnish Radio - or rather Finnish Radio is on it. This 1937 photograph from the archives of the Finnish Radio Company shows engineers on the roof of an outside broadcast van. For those looking for a theme there is radio, broadcasting, roofs or people doing unusual things on motor vehicles. You might also like to run with the little and large comparison suggested by the two vehicles alongside each other. Whatever you decide to post, all you have to do is to post it, on or about Saturday 21st February and add a link to the list below.

As we have a few moments before the next programme is due to start, why not take a look at the theme images for the next couple of weeks.

268 : Street Parades / Revolutions / Russia / Banners

269 : Music / Dance / Polkas / Violets

Before the next programme gets under way, here is a short non-commercial break. Why not get the Sepia Saturday Magazine - the on-line Flipboard magazine that contains all of our Sepia Saturday posts. Flipboard is available on smartphones, tablets - and now - PC's and iMacs: and it is free of charge. You can find Sepia Saturday either by searching for the magazine or by following this link for the desktop version. Sepia Saturday Magazine - you know it makes sepia sense.

And now, ladies and gentlemen, it is time for Sepia Saturday 267



Monday, 9 February 2015

Sepia Saturday 266 : 14 February 2015


Sepia Saturday 266 just happens to coincide with Valentine's Day so our theme image this week is a Valentine's Card which dates back to the 1940s and comes from the Flickr Commons collection of the Deseronto Archives (and as we have not visited these archives before on our tour of Flickr Commons participants, we can now tick them off). Therefore, for those in want of a theme, love is in the air this week, and if you don't like love there is that old standby, talking vegetables. All you have to do is to post your post on or around the 14th February and then add a link to the Linky List below. What could be easier, what could be sweeter   .... what could be cornier!

Before we go and get all gooey and slobbery, let us look ahead at what the future holds for this sepia relationship we have

267 : Large and Small / Radios / Broadcasting

268 : Street Parades / Revolutions / Russia / Banners

Those are for the future. This week I am concentrating on you and only you. Have I ever told you .... "roses are red, violets are blue. photos are sepia, look after them, do"




Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Sepia Saturday 265 : 7th February 2015



This week, our Sepia Saturday roadshow rolls into the Finnish city of Helsinki and makes its way to Aalto University where we are making use of their archive of old photographs which are available on Flickr Commons. In particular I have chosen this illustration from a pottery and craft class which dates back to the 1920s and is entitled "ceramic decoration". All sorts of potential themes spring to mind including pots, painting and crafts; but as always we encourage your own individual creativity to link to the image in any way you please, or - if you so wish - not at all. Just post a post on or around Saturday the 7th February and then link to the list below. Before you dash off to throw your pot, take a look at what will be spinning around in the next couple of weeks.


266 : Happy Valentine's Day


267 : Large and Small and Radio Broadcasting

Such things are for the future. Now is the time to get your sepia paintbrush out and create something for Sepia Saturday 265



Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Sepia Saturday 264 : 31 January 2015


We are sailing down the river of memories and have called in port to view this old archive photograph of Tonsberg in Norway which is brought to us by the Flickr Commons stream of VESTFOLDMUSEENE, NORWAY. For the sepia themes amongst us there is a dockyard of potential themes : harbours, boats, warehouses and the whole concept of looking down on things. Whatever theme you choose to go with - or even if you are themeless and fancy-free - all you have to do is to post your post on or around Saturday 31st January 2015 and add a link to the list below. Before you take an overview of your archive images, have a sneak preview of the themes that are just around the bend in the great Sepia River.

265 : Arts, crafts, potters and classrooms

266 : Happy Valentine's Day

267 : Large and Small and Radio Broadcasting

Such things are for the future. For the moment we can return to looking down on the world as we pick a photo for Sepia Saturday 264





Monday, 19 January 2015

Sepia Saturday 263 : 24 January 2015


Regular readers will know that we are currently trotting our way through the various archive collections available via the Flickr Commons initiative. This week we have arrived at the Internet Archive of Book Images and, in particular, an illustration from the 1882 volume "Breeder and Sportsman" which is advertising air cushion rubber pads. So for Sepia Saturday 263 - post your posts on or around Saturday 24th January 2015 - we invite the themers amongst you to look out your old photographs which feature adverts, horses, carts or any variety of strange and curious objects.

Before you canter off in the direction of your weekly Sepia Saturday post, cast an eye over what is to come in the next couple of weeks.

264 : Coastline, aerial photographs, looking down on things

265 : Arts, crafts, potters and classrooms

That is all for the future. We don't want any slipping. Get out your air cushion pads, post your post and then link it to the list below. Order by name - and the name is Sepia Saturday.