Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge

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Each week Cee challenges bloggers to share black and white photos based on a theme. This week we’re challenged to share photos of the back of anything. I’ve found a photo of the back of a school boy’s back.

For more black and white photos from this week’s theme click here.

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Sepia Saturday

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This week’s prompt sent me searching for people, particularly young people, playing stringed instruments. Here’s what I found.

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State Library of Queensland, 1905

The exposure of this photo of a boy playing the violin gives it an ethereal feeling.

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State Library of NSW, circa 1910

Henry Morton Nazareto Orchestra

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National Archives U.K. 1948

In the Cayman Islands

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Harpist at the Turkish Embassy

You can see more Sepia Saturday inspired posts if you click here.

Boy

A Sundance film, Boy tells the story of the kid whose name is Boy. Set in New Zealand, Boy’s grandmother has to leave town to attend a funeral and leaves Boy, age 12 or so, in charge of his brother and 4 cousins. Its plot is like The Cat in the Hat. Once the grandma’s gone, things go out of hand. At first just a little bit as Boy makes weird dinners for his charges.

Soon his father, who’s just gotten out of jail. Boy idolizes his dad, who’s promised to take him to see Michael Jackson and who impresses him with his fantastic stories.

The story has lots of charm and delights with special effects and child-like animation. I enjoyed all the Kiwi characters and getting glimpse into a slice of New Zealand. The ending wasn’t particularly strong, but all in all, Boy is a fun film with lots of heart and a touch of sadness.

Sepia Saturday

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When I saw this darling girl interrupted from her writing, I knew I wanted to find some good photos of people at their writing desk. It’s crucial to have a good place to think and write. Here’s what I found on Flickr Commons.

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Constantin Dumba, 1910, Library of Congress

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Miss Young, 1926 from Musée McCord

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G. Polacco, 1915, Library of Congress

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“Hygiene of the Schoolroom,” 1910 The Internet Archive

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“Hygiene of the School House,” 1910, Internet Archive

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

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Mr. Peabody (r) and Sherman (l)

When I was growing up I loved watching Mr. Peabody & Sherman’s cartoons as they traveled to various historical events. Now all the kids who have no idea who this famed pair is can see Mr. Peabody, the genius dog, and his boy Sherman right wrongs throughout time and space. The film, which I saw on a plane, captures the heart and soul of the original. Bravo!

The film moves quickly and is witty enough for adults and offers history with a spoonful of sugar for the young. I’m telling everyone I see that they should check this out whether they have kids or not. It’s just a fun film.

Sepia Saturday

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This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt takes us to the beauty shop. It’s not just a trip for women though. First we have a boy, like many who in no uncertain terms does not want a haircut.

He's not keen on this.

He’s not keen on this.

Here’s a New York man from 1941 who’s getting a mask for his skin. Next is an ad for some kind of machine that claims to comb hair.

The facial mask resembles a death mask.

The facial mask resembles a death mask.

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Some other bloggers have offered good interpretations. Take a look at: