Sepia Saturday

Sepia Saturday is a fun challenge that inspires bloggers by providing a visual prompt every week. Above we see a girl working in a shoe factory. In the left lower corner there’s an M so you can also use that to inspire you (e.g. money, manufacture, etc.).

I was compelled to find photos of girls working in factories in different eras and different countries.

Hine, Lewis Wickes, photographer. A Basket Factory, Evansville, Ind. Girls Making Melon Baskets.Location: Evansville, Indiana. Evansville Evansville. Indiana United States, 1908. October. Photograph.
A crowded room in a cigar factory, women and girls making cigars, Manila, Philippine Islands
. , ca. 1907. Photograph.
United States Office Of War Information, Bransby, David, photographer. Women aircraft workers. An experienced girl worker in a West Coast airplane factory trains a new girl in the use of a rivet-squeezing machine. Vega. Burbank Burbank. California Los Angeles County United States, 1942. May. Photograph.
Hine, Lewis Wickes, photographer. Girls working in Tampa, Fla., Box Factory. I saw 10 small boys and girls. Has had reputation for employment of youngsters but work is slack now.Location: Tampa, Florida
. Florida Tampa Tampa. United States, 1909. Photograph.

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Sepia Saturday

Exercising On The Beach (1935) The National Media Museum : Sepia Saturday 542, 17 October 2020

Each week Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers with a visual prompt. It’s a chance to dig through the archives and share a historical image or two, or three.

Currier & Ives, and John Cameron. The Water Jump. , ca. 1884. New York: Published by Currier & Ives. Photograph.
Horse in Motion, Jumping
. , ca. 1887. Photograph.
Harris & Ewing, photographer. Horses Jumping
. United States United States, 1928. Photograph.

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Sepia Saturday

Each Saturday Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers with a photo or image that captures a bygone era. This week we’ve gotten a seaside photo. Here’s what I’ve found to share.

Strohmeyer & Wyman, P. (ca. 1898) Vacation Sports at the Seaside
. Coney Island New York, ca. 1898. New York, N.Y.: Strohmeyer & Wyman, publishers ; January 28. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,
Bain News Service, P. (ca. 1920) At seaside, Japan
. , ca. 1920. [Between and Ca. 1925] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,
(1882) New York – a scene at Long Beach, the new and popular seaside resort / from a sketch by a staff artist
. Long Beach New York, 1882. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,
(1901) A seaside paradise – Cannes, France
. Cannes France, 1901. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Each week Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to respond to a historic or nostalgic photos. For some reason the first thought that came to me about this week’s photo is the Algonquin Round Table, a group of witty writers, critics and actors who would meet for lunch at the Algonquin Hotel.

Source: ‘Algonquin round Table’ (n.d.)

Algonquin Round Table: (standing, left to rightArt Samuels and Harpo Marx; (sittingCharles MacArthurDorothy Parker, and Alexander Woollcott

Algonquin Round Table by Al Hirshfield
By Carl Purcell

There’s something attractive about a group of smart, funny people meeting everyday and exchanging stories and barbs and working together on projects. They put on plays, vacationed together on an island in Vermont and played numerous pranks on each other.

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Each week Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers with a visual prompt from way back when. This week we’re challenged to share photos of people cooking outdoors. Well, you can interpret the image above however you like, but I’ve gone with outdoor cooking.

Here’s what I found.

Wolcott, M. P., photographer. (1940) Camp Livingston construction worker cooking outdoors in front of shacks which they have built themselves out of lumber they purchased or found nearby. These are along the main highway on government property so they do not have to pay rent. Water is hauled from a nearby church faucet. There are no satisfactory facilities.There were all from Monroe, Louisiana. Their names were: S.A. Trichel, John H. Poole Jr., R. Jones, D.C. Lovelady, Charles B. Griggs. Most of them have been here about three weeks, a couple only one week. Louisiana Rapides Parish Rapides Parish. United States, 1940. Dec. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

Robinson, H. R. (1834) The Political Barbecue
. , 1834. New York: Published by H.R. Robinson. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

Andrew Jackson is roasted over the fires of “Public Opinion” by the figure of Justice in a cartoon relating to the controversy surrounding Jackson’s removal of federal deposits from the Bank of the United States. Jackson, with the body of a pig, is prone on a gridiron over a stone barbecue oven. The fire is stoked by former Secretary of the Treasury William Duane, at lower right, while Jack Downing, lower left, splits kindling. Jack Downing: “I jest split a little kindleying wood, so Amos can jest make Broth for all hands &c.” Duane: “I am opposed to Removing the Deposits, as I was when I was Secretary, but prefer gently Stirring them up.” Five men, opponents of Jackson’s bank program, stand behind the barbecue. They are (from left to right) Senators Henry Clay, Daniel Webster (holding a knife), William B. Preston, Bank president Nicholas Biddle, and an unidentified fifth man. Vice-President Martin Van Buren, as an imp, flies off to the right with a sack of Treasury Notes over his shoulder. Clay: “Dan this is what they call in Kentuc our High Game to their Low Jack.” Webster: “In Massachusetts they call it Roasting.” Preston: “In South Carolina t’is called Barbecue only he wants a little more Basteing.” Biddle: “In Pennsylvania we find it difficult to find a home for the animal but have concluded to call him Nondescript pertaking of the General, Hog, Man and Devil.” Fifth man: “We think he pertakes strongly of the Rooter, for he has rooted our treasures all over the country and was squeeling for the Pension-fund when Clay caught him and put a ring in his nose, and we’ve all given it a twist.” Van Buren: “T’is my business to get folks in trouble and their business to get themselves out.”

Kilburn, B. W., photographer. (1904) Thanksgiving barbecue, Moscow, Wash
. Washington, 1904. [Littleton, N.H.: Photographed and published by B.W. Kilburn] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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This week Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers with the photo of a father and daughter on a ship. There’s some latitude with the prompt and I’ve decided to find photos of fathers and daughters.

Union Soldier with daughters and wife, 1861, Library of Congress
Father and daughter, 1918, Flickr Commons

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Elsie and her father Edmund Gregory, 1910, State Library of Queensland

Sepia Saturday

Each week Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers with an image from long ago. This week we see three men wearing hats at a cattle sale. One man’s smoking. So there are a lot of choices for bloggers this week. I decided to search for cattle sales. I found photos on Flickr Commons, an archive of heaps of old images from all over the world.

Cattle sale in Wales, 1952. Source: Flickr Commons

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Australian Cattle Sale, 1944. Source: Flickr Commons, National Library of Australia

Sepia Saturday

Each week Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers with a visual prompt. This week’s double decker bus prompt, inspired me to look for double decker buses.

Building double decker buses in Sydney, 1937. Source: State Library of NSW
double Decker Tram, Leeds, source: Internet Archive, 1908

The tram above looks like it would easily tip over.

Fifth Ave Bus, circa 1910. Source: Library of Congresschallen

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