Friday, 17 February 2012

Who's in the chair? - Sepia Saturday

No film stars for me this week. I had to visit a local market stall to find the subject for this week.

There's no doubt that it's a man, but who?

Newcastle man
He's still unknown but the back of the CdV helps a bit.

Photo Art Studios
I've managed to track down a member of the Royal Photographic Society, one Edward Lyddell Sawyer (1856/1927). He was living in Newcastle  in the 1880s/1900s and more importantly was the son of Henry Sawyer (1830/1896) who was described as 'Portrait Painter & Photographer.'

I have been less succesfull with my next man on a cabinet card.

Photographer - P Crane & Co, Swiss Art Studio, Bishop Auckland
Again I have been unable to name the man in the chair; the card has seen better days but I was pleased to  see something of a match between the table legs and those on Alan's chair.


To find out who has memories of film follow the finger pointing you to Sepia Saturday 113

20 comments:

Postcardy said...

I envy your being able to go to a local market stall to find photos and stamps to match blog themes.

Wendy said...

I struggled this week also. The second photo is interesting with that kingly fringed chair.

Karen S. said...

Wouldn't it be exciting if someone looking in knew who the man was? Or something about the studio or any tidbits? Both excellent photos but the first one, I so enjoy how content and happy this man seems to be with everything...not a care in the world!

L. D. Burgus said...

It is an interesting table. I don't think I have ever seen one made like that before.

Little Nell said...

Whoever he was he was the owner of a fine moustache. He does look rather relaxed I agree. I wonder why, in photos of couples, it’s usuallly the man in the chair, whilst the woman stands dutifully by.

Bob Scotney said...

@postcardy - but it's pure chance if there is anything on the stall to suit.

@Little Nell - I would never have sat down and let the lady stand; times have changed I think.

Howard said...

Lovely pictures. The contrast of the relaxed man in the top photo and the formality of the couple in the bottom photo is striking.

Christine H. said...

It's interesting to look at all the little details, the table legs, the clothing, the mustaches!

Joy said...

Interesting photos. The ornament on the table is intriguing it looks quite avant-garde for its time.

Kristin said...

I should have thought of a man in a chair! maybe women stood so that they could show off their outfits. Men just had on a suit. I hope that's what it was and not so she'd be ready to run and bring him a cup of coffee.

Linda@VS said...

I'm just speculating, of course, but I wonder if the reason the ladies are so often photographed standing while the men sit is to show off the ladies' beautiful dresses. I love the furnishings in the bottom photo.

barbara and nancy said...

I'm going to pretend that the man in the top photo was an actor maybe even a silent screen star. He looks very dramatic in that devil may care pose.

viridian said...

Love the mustache! And I did not notice the table ornament in the botom photo until a previous commenter pointed it out.
Sunday stamps is dogs and cats on stamps!

Linda said...

That is odd that he's the one sitting. I guess those are eyeglasses hanging from her waist...

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

My local supply of cards for Sepia Saturday has stopped stocking them!

I love the fringes around the table and chair.

PS. Am I the only one struggling with the new Blogger word verification?

Mike Brubaker said...

Great finds, Bob. The first man's pose is so casual, even romantic, that I think he is not a professional business man but perhaps a writer, or teacher?

Bob Scotney said...

@Sheila - the two word verification is driving me nuts. I seem to get ever other one wrong!

@ Everyone: your comments have now made me look at these cdv and cabinet cards in a different way. I shall have to find some more.

TICKLEBEAR said...

They may forever remain strangers to us, but they're good cars!!
Nice find!!
:)~
HUGZ

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi Bob, I've enjoyed catching up on your posts. These sepia pictures are really neat, and I enjoyed the "Curves" post a lot too.

Kathy M.

tony said...

You Did Well To Pick Up These Photos.It's Rarer + Rarer To Find Such Gems These Days.