I love the old time department stores so this prompt has inspired me to find photos of their windows. I grew up visiting Marshall Fields in Chicago. My grandmother and mother would take me there and it was always a big deal. Such elegance. Such service.
Regrettably, we’ll soon have robots running the stores, which won’t be the same, not by a long shot. Below are some images from Marshall Fields and other retailers that evoke that charm and warmth of nostalgia.
At Christmas, Marshall Fields, n.d.
Outside Marshall Fields, 1910
Drawing of NY’s Macy’s Window, circa 1910
Weibolt’s Department Store, 1969
Oldsmobile, Washington, DC 1920s
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The image above inspired me to find photos of people cooking. Here’s what I found.
Source: Library of Congress
Pratt Institute Cooking Class, 1915. Preparing men to cook for the army and navy.
Source: California Historical Society, n.d.
Label, Virden’s Pure Lard.
National Library of Ireland, 1896
At Adar’s Bakehouse in Waterford, Ireland.
Source: Miami University Library, 1913
A domestic science class Ohio State Normal College.
Source: Florida Memory, 1949
At a round up.
This week’s prompt inspired me to find some photos with straw hats. Here’s what I saw on Flickr Commons.
For a 1951 ad
From State Library of Queensland.
Radio hat. Wired for sound. Nationaal Archief, n.d.
Invented by an American. Sadly, there’s no year given.
Portrait, circa 1909. State Library of Queensland
This week’s challenge inspired me to find images of old cars. Here’s what I found on Flickr Commons.
Source SDASM Archives, 1920s
Source: Fotoarkivet, n.d., a chocolate factory car
I was going to share some videos from Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” but now their only available on Netflix. It’s a shame. That show planted a bee in my bonnet to buy a vintage car.
I’ve gone with a look through the archives for cigarette themed images. First I found this image in an anti-smoking story
Harpers Young People, 187
_______ (<– not shown) want all the boys who are in the habit of smoking* cigarettes, of who are beginning to learn how to smoke them, to pay attention while we tell them of a sad event that recently took place ill one of our Eastern cities. Among-the number of bright boys who had set out to become business men was a lad fifteen years of age, employed in a lawyer’s office. During- his leisure hours and on Sundays lie was in the habit of smoking cigarettes, the smoke of which he inhaled. From this he passed to chewing tobacco, and it is said that when he was not smoking a cigarette he always had tobacco in his mouth, and occasionally combined the two. His parents endeavored to break him of the habit, but all they could _____(alas not legible). His health soon began to fail rapidly, and his family, who were not aware that tobacco would have such injurious effects, fancied that his weakness was caused by the close confinement which lie had to undergo at his place of business.
UK Archives, 1966
UK Archives 1966
Appealing to people’s sense of luxury to get them to stop smoking.
Now, of course, there were plenty of ads for smoking. Here are some that stuck me as outrageous.
Santa, shame on you!
Baby, you’re all wrong
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This week’s prompt challenges us with a photo of a train wreck in Ireland and the workers starting to get things back on track. (Excuse the pun.)
I searched for an array of train photos to fit this theme. Here’s what I discovered.
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SMU Digital Library, Barclay Road, 1895
UK National Archives, Northern Line Tain, 1946
National Archives, Off the Rails, 1868
Irish Railroad Society, 1959
Internet Archives, Shanon , PA, 1908
This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt challenges bloggers to post photos with some contrast. Above we see two boys, natural and innocent, taking in a fashion plate who looks elegant but artificial. My search resulted in these photos.
Source: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museum, 1955
These women are modeling for Turners’ and Tyne & Wear explains them saying:
The images are fascinating for what they tell us about the times that produced them – the fashions, the attitudes, the technology … Most of the images are quirky and almost seem to invite comments.
The photos certainly have contrast. By today’s standards the women’s clothing is tame, but in their day, I bet they were deemed risqué. Click here to see more Sepia Saturday posts.