Friday, 30 August 2013

1940s Trousers - Sepia Saturday

I couldn't find pinstripe trousers to match this week's prompt but thanks to Australia and my old pal creative commons I did find something else.

Three men, almost four, all in trousers and with two pairs of braces on view.

Soldiers and sailors line up for minor clothing repairs - Brisbane 1940.
(State Library of Queensland)
My post is short this week as I am at my daughter's in Michigan with three dogs waiting to play ball. 

However make sure you see what other Sepians have set out at Sepia-Saturday-192

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Muted Colours - Thematic Photography

I'm not sure I have got the hang of this week's muted colours theme, but here's four shots that did not turn out as I expected.

Fowey Hall Hotel, Cornwall
The day was not as dull as it appears and the colours are not what I expected.

In my next shot the shade taking up half the shot gave a different look.

Nyhaven, Copenhagen
With a much older camera in the late 1950s there is a different look entirely.

St Rules Tower, St Andrews, Scotland
Shooting on a foggy day definitely mutes the colours.

Repairs to Teesside Flyover, Middlesbrough
For other muted contributions check the links at Carmi's /thematic-photographic-258.

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Wild Animals - Sunday Stamps

Africa has many of the world's most impressive animals. These two, endangered by poachers and the ivory trade, are unmistakable. 

South Africa - Rhino & Elephant
This antelope appears on an environmental conservation stamp.

Republic of South Africa - Damaliscus dorcas
A much smaller antelope with a charming name appears on my fourth and final stamp today.

South West Africa - Kirk's Dik-Dik
I was surprised at how many stamps I had to meet this week's wild animal theme. Please check out those chosen by others at Viridian's Sunday-stamps-135.

Friday, 23 August 2013

Three of Us - Sepia Saturday

I've had a problem with this weeks prompt.

Each week I check out sites like creative commons to find appropriate shots, especially in those weeks when I'm short of photos of my own. This week I found such startling videos and photos, so much so that I re-titled this post 'Three of Us' rather than the 'Threesomes' I had intended.

I know the exact date that the first shot was taken, 55 years ago next week,

Bridesmaid, Claire, and the Happy Couple
On Stamford Station, Lincolnshire waiting for the train to whisk us off on our honeymoon.

Years later in the 1980s I'm with two ladies again, as the result of a liquid evening.

Can you spot the bride?
My final picture was taken at Yarm Tennis Club when the juniors had some lessons from the man who was then one of the best British players, 15th in the world.

Buster Mottram - Yarm Tennis Club (1970s?)
So these are my groups of three all of which will not make you blush as those videos and threesomes photos would,

For more groups of three visit the links at Sepia-saturday-191.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

I Didn't Shoot It - Thematic Photography

Carmi has asked us this week to show photos we didn't take ourselves. The only way I can be absolute sure of that is to show pictures in which I appear myself.

However I'm not the important one in the shots I have chosen to show - one of which you have seen before.

Cody waiting in the hope of a taste 
A second shot from a different angle shows him (in 2010) still waiting patiently - he would never beg.

Cody in a favourite position.
This is a position he will never take up again, but one in which I will remember him for ever.

Cody, my daughter's dog died, in his sixteenth year on Sunday 18 August when his loyal heart finally gave out. 

Cody starred in many thematic photographic posts of mine where I took the shots. For more shots not taken by others please cross over to Thematic-photographic-257.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Murray Mini Sheet - Sunday Stamps

There was only one Mini Sheet that I could go out and buy - the one to commemorate Andy Murray's Wimbledon win.

Great Britain - Andy Murray, Wimbledon Champion 2013

Looking back on the Mini-Sheets I have this is the only one I have had to buy, so thank you Viridian for forcing me to open my wallet for this.

To see other Mini Sheet offerings cross over to Sunday-stamps-134

Friday, 16 August 2013

In Fervent Praise of Picnics - Sepia Saturday

I've no photos of picnics in my files and I have 'done' hats before. So I was at a bit of a lost to respond to this week's prompt.

Then I remembered the man who wrote the poem 'Little Orphan Annie' which begins ...

To all the little children - The happy ones; and sad ones,
The sober and the silent ones; the boisterous and glad ones;
The good ones - Yes, the good ones, too, and all the lovely bad ones.

Little Orphan Annie's come to our house to stay,
An' wash the cups an' saucers up, an' brush the crumbs away.

Thanks to the wonders of the Internet I found this picture of the man himself>

James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916)
James Whitcomb Riley, poses with a group of children on 15 May 1869  for a photo to be included in a book published for the Indiana state centennial anniversary. (Source The Chronicle of Your State in Pictures - Author Indiana State)

The American writer, poet and author was known during his lifetime as the Hosier Poet and Children's Poet for his dialect works and his children's poetry respectively.

I had only previously heard of his poem 'The Raggedy Man' which starts ...

O the Raggedy Man! He works fer Pa
An' he's the goodest man ever you saw!
He comes to our house every day
An' waters the horses an' feeds them hay.

I gather that somewhere in his poems he refers to a swimming hole; I haven't found the poems yet but I have found this - 

The Swimming Hole, Greenfield Indiana (By William Eccles)
This looks an ideal place for a picnic, don't you think?

Perhaps that's what inspired Riley to write:- 

Picnics is fun 'at's purty hard to beat
I purt'-nigh ruther go to them than_eat_
I purt'-nigh ruther go to them than go
With'our Char_lot_ty to the Trick-Dog Show

If you wonder what it's called.

It's  'In Fervent Praise of Picnics' - of course.

For more picnic snacks please make you way across to Sepia-saturday-190.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Downward - Thematic Photography

I went searching in my archive to meet Carmi's 'Downward' theme this week. I had quite a choice but settled on these five..

Turbine Generator Exhausts - Platform construction site.
From my brother's pictures taken during WWII.

Aerial View - Attack on the Italian Fleet - Taranto 1940
I have no idea how my brother obtained this picture. There is one very similar in the Imperial War Museum. I have to assume that he obtained from a Fleet Air Arm pilot on the raid.

On a wet April day in 2010 I took some shots of and from the Clifton Suspension Bridge looking down in to the Avon Gorge.

Clifton Suspension Bridge and looking down the Avon Gorge
Avon Gorge from the Clifton Suspension Bridge
I am going to cheat with my last photo, I was not looking downwards but ....

Cody is!
For more downward views check out what others have done for Carmi's thematic-photographic-256.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Australian Butterflies - Sunday Stamps

Viridian's call this week is for us to show colourful stamps. I've chosen to go 'down under' with some butterflies.

Australia - Butterflies 1981
These five are from a set of twelve issued then. They are:

  • 27c Ulysses Swallowtail
  • 35c Blue Tiger
  • 45c Big Greasy
  • 60c Wood White
  • 81c Sword Grass Brown.
For more colourful stamps you need to flit across to Sunday-stamps-133.

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Car Charging - Sepia Saturday

There was a time when a car would have been regarded as a newfangled contraption. I'm not sure that the prompt falls into that category.

At a time when we are told that the great motor city of Detroit is in trouble we may need reminding that not all newfangled ideas caught on.

Detroit Electric Car Charging - 1919
(By Cress-Dale Photo Co, Seattle - Library of Congress)

However manufacturers had been long sighted enough to have to have a highly valued electric car. This one with the delightful name of Grandma Ducks Car made it to the Brussels Autoworld Museum in 1916

(By Teesu Mantynen, Salo, Finland - CC BY-SA 2.0)
In this car both the bonnet and boot spaced were used to carry batteries used to propel the car. The Brougham body was typical of American cars which were appreciated in city use for being clean and quiet. They were highly valued for social events such as parties, galas and theatre visits.

We are right to ask whether the car industry has learned anything since.

Detroit cars made it all round the world and here's an early one I would have liked, but it was before my time.

A 1925 Gray Tourer (made in Detroit) in Brisbane, Australia
I know nothing about today's electric cars either in Detroit or in the UK. The local TV in North East England recently reported that 25% of charging points for electric cars in the area had never been used. And only last week there was a report that the Liberal Democrats were considering adopting a policy of banning petrol and diesel cars from 2041. Guess that's an idea that I shall never see - it would make me 104!

For other way out contraptions - newfangled or otherwise - drive over to Sepia-Saturday-189.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Repetitious - Thematic Photography.

I knew exactly which one of my photos I would choose for Carmi's repetitious theme. However as you have seen it before I'll save it till later and show some I took today.

Sedum Heads
Although it is still summer Yarm School is setting up its playing field for winter games and provided me with an H or two, or - well you count them.

Rugby Posts
I though I would also show the photo from a different 'angle'.

Later this month it will be up to me to respond to the demand - 

Finally the one you've seen before, but which I thought worth repeating.

Black-backed Gulls on Tresco
For other repetitious interpretations cross over to Thematic-photographic-255.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

British Motor Cars - Sunday Stamps

As many people (not me) go out for a drive on Sundays I thought I would show cars for this week's open theme.

British Motor Cars FDC - 13 Oct 1982
I obtained this from a flea market stall in Stockton-on-Tees. There is no clue about who owned it, but it has been around a bit as Bolton, Bury and Wigan are the other side of the country from Stockton. You can also see from the Oxfam sticker that it has spent some time in a charity shop.

The cars are from left to right:

  • An Austin Seven of the 1920s above an Austin Metro
  • A Model T Ford  above Ford;s then new front wheel drive Escort
  • A 1930s Jaguar SS100 above the iconic 1960s Jaguar XJ6
  • The veteran Rolls Royce Silver Ghost and the luxurious Silver Spirit.
To see what others have chosen this week cross over to Viridian's Sunday-stamps-132.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Signs of the Times - Thematic Photography

On my Wednesday morning jaunt I often stop at my favourite coffee shop in Yarm - Coffee @ Elliotts. Some of the walls show signs of times gone by.

Daily Sketch 3 June 1940
Another headline from the Sketch on page 15 had this to offer:

Daily Sketch - 21 June 1941
The Daily Sketch founded in 1909 was described as Britain's oldest tabloid newspaper when it closed in 1971 when it was merged with the Daily Mail.

Stockton-on-Tees High Street reputedly the widest in England is in the middle of a redevelopment. At one of the street I found this:

The Globe Theatre, Stockton-on-Tees
Restoration work of the theatre has been underway for a number of years but has recently stalled. It should have reopened by now but has still to be completed. The restoration overseen by English Heritage is meant to maintain its Art Deco character. Among the faces on the mural are Paul McCartney, Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison.

The Beatles played here twice; the first time on the night of 22 November 1973, the day that JFK was assassinated.

Whether the building remains a sign of times gone by or is a sign of things to come remains to be seen,

The theatre shot includes two established road signs. A local road has something much more modern.

Solar powered road sign.
I've waited days to get a shot of it illuminated by a speeding car - but have never been quick enough to catch one. Meanwhile a much more mundane warning is on the road itself.

For more signs of progress, or perhaps not, please check out what others have to show by visiting Carmi's Thematic-photographic-254.