Monday, 19 December 2011

Sepia Saturday 106 : Christmas / New Year 2011

It is Open House on Sepia Saturday over Christmas and New Year : Sepia Season rather than Sepia Saturday. Just post your posts whenever you have the time and add your link to the Linky List. Post as many seasonal offerings as you want and keep calling back to check on what everyone else is posting. If you want a theme you can dissect the above 1945 image by the American photographer Nickolas Muray which is brought to you courtesy of the George Eastman House Collection on Flickr Commons.

The more normal Sepia Saturday (Sepia Saturday 107) will return on Saturday January 7th 2012. In the meantime may I take this opportunity to wish all my many Sepia Saturday friends throughout the world a wonderfully enjoyable Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Sepia Saturday 105 : Saturday 17 December 2011

The Festive Season is almost upon us and I thought I might give you something of a festive prompt - and this is quite some feast!. It is an illustration from the 1901 Edition of Mrs Beeton's Cookery Book (courtesy of the State Library of Queensland’s collection, courtesy of Flickr Commons). As you can see, the food on offer includes a raised game pie; pigeon pie; lamb cutlets; piped ham and boned capon. So you have a veritable cornucopia of visual prompts which should have you posting up with the stuffed larks. For Sepia Saturday 105 post your posts on or around Saturday 17th December.

The Saturday after that will be Christmas Eve and the one after that, New Years' Eve. I have therefore decided to make Sepia Saturday 106 an open seasonal call which will cover both Christmas and New Year (I will put the call post up early next week). The normal Sepia Saturday fare will return with Sepia Saturday 107 on the 7th January 2012. But all that is in the future : for now just tuck in to SS105, Bon appetit!

Monday, 5 December 2011

Sepia Saturday 104 : 10 December 2011

I won't be here for Sepia Saturday 104 (post your posts on or around Saturday 10 December 2011), but by now everyone knows how it works, so all you need me to do is to set some kind of theme for those who are theme-minded. And seeing as I will be spending a few days in Bavaria, what better choice for my archive picture this week than this delightful study of Princess Marie-Gabrielle of Bavaria and her young son Prince Luitpold. The photograph comes from the Bain Collection  of the Library of Congress and they suggest a date for the photograph of between 1910 and 1915. The latter end of this timescale is obviously wrong for the Princess died of renal failure in 1912 whilst the young Prince died in 1914 of polio. He was born in 1901 and he looks about five or six in this photograph which would date it as 1906/07. Marie-Gabrielle's husband and Luitpold's father was Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria who survived the downfall of the Bavarian monarchy and two world wars, and died in 1955 aged 89. You can take whatever theme you want from the photograph or you can ignore themes all together : just enjoy yourself. While you do that I will no doubt be enjoying myself investigating the Christmas Markets (and the bierkellers) of Munich.