FLOATING on a Summer Day

I found this image several years ago. It reminded me of a couple summers as a child when my family lived in Maryland while my dad worked in D.C.

Two summers in a row we went to Tupper Lake in the Adirondacks and stayed at a lovely little cabin that was right along the shoreline. It had a screened in porch where I slept and a lawn which ran down to the lake. There was also a small dock with a couple of rowboats.

I spent my days floating on the water on an inflatable air mattress, sitting on the lawn reading books and coloring books, and going for rides in the boat. Just as in this photo there was a bridge to the left of where we stayed.

On one occasion after I'd gotten out of swimming in the lake and laid down on the lawn I was told by my dad to stay perfectly still. I had no idea what was going on but knew it wasn't good from the sound of his voice. Turns out I had leeches all over my back. I don't remember how they got them off of me and I can't say for sure I ever went back in Tupper Lake.

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This is my contribution for this week's Sepia Saturday post.


The Category That Gets LITTLE RESPECT

I've said it before and I'll say it again...snapshots of women looking over the shoulder in kitchens is a category. You'll never see a whole book of these shots. Heck, I don't even buy all the ones I've seen and I've seen some really good ones.

There's always one of two reactions: surprise or a slight tinge of annoyance. Okay, occasionally you'll see someone smiling, but having been one of those people to take photos of women in kitchens I can say that it's usually a look that screams, "STOP IT!"

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A TREAT on a Summer Day

A cold sweet watermelon on a hot day IS summer. Sitting in the shade relaxing with family and friends after a picnic lunch is perfection.

If you've been to my site before you know I like the idea of people getting together to share food. With that sharing we create memories which will hopefully last a lifetime.

So remember to spend a few moments this summer bringing back past memories and be thankful for them.

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This is a recently purchased photo; bought it for a buck. I wish I'd had it when I put together Tattered and Lost: Cakes, Picnics, and Watermelon.


Sitting Quietly in a HOTEL ROOM

The person who sold this image on ebay said the woman was sitting in a hotel room. There is nothing written on the back to indicate this is true. What do you think indicates it's most likely a hotel room and not just this woman's bedroom?

I think it's a lovely room with the soft light. And if it's a hotel room is she reading a Gideon Bible? I travelled a lot as a kid with many motels coast to coast and a few old hotels. It never failed that I'd find a Gideon Bible in the drawer. Of course I checked for free postcards and stationary first because they were never a given. But the Bible in the nightstand was always there. It actually made me laugh when I was a kid because I wondered who this person Gideon was who kept hiding books in the drawers.

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This is image is from my book Tattered and Lost: The Quiet Art of Reading and is my contribution to the theme this week at Sepia Saturday.



And so we end with the dowager who has set herself up with a court aboard the RMS Queen Elizabeth.

It's likely that we're looking at are several widows who spent the money their husbands had acquired during their marriages on this grand adventure. Of course, it's possible they came from money to begin with. Perhaps one of them had worked hard for years to save up for a trip like this and was quite excited to be sitting with such well off folks. They sure didn't dress like this in South Dakota.

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RMS Queen Elizabeth was an ocean liner operated by the Cunard Line. With her sister ship Queen Mary she provided luxury liner service between Southampton, the United Kingdom, and New York City, the United States, via Cherbourg, France. She was also contracted for over 20 years to carry the Royal Mail as the second half of the two ships' weekly express service.

RMS Queen Elizabeth at Cherbourg, France in 1966.

While being constructed in the mid-1930s by John Brown and Company at Clydebank, Scotland, she was known as Hull 552 but when launched, on 27 September 1938, she was named in honour of Queen Elizabeth, who was then Queen Consort to King George VI and in 1952 became the Queen Mother. With a design that improved upon that of Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth was a slightly larger ship, the largest passenger liner ever built at that time and for 56 years thereafter. She also has the distinction of being the largest-ever riveted ship by gross tonnage. She first entered service in February 1940 as a troopship in World War II, and it was not until October 1946 that she served in her intended role as an ocean liner.

With the decline in the popularity of the transatlantic route, both ships were replaced by the smaller, more economical Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1969. Queen Mary was retired from service on 9 December 1967, and was sold to the city of Long Beach, California, US. Queen Elizabeth was sold to a succession of buyers, most of whom had adventurous and unsuccessful plans for her. Finally she was sold to a Hong Kong businessman, Tung Chao Yung, who intended to convert her into a floating university cruise ship. In 1972, while undergoing refurbishment in Hong Kong harbour, she caught fire under mysterious circumstances and was capsized by the water used to fight the fire. In 1973, her wreck was deemed an obstruction, and she was partially scrapped where she lay. (SOURCE: Wikipedia)

And then...




Only two fellas at this gathering. Once you see where they are you'll probably figure out why.




I hope this woman was a kind person. I feel like she would have always had a hankie in her pocket that she would spit on to wipe smudges off a child's face.

Only two people left to reveal.




At least you can tell that it's inside.



where are these people? You'll gradually find out more about what is going on in this photo as the week goes on. No earth shattering discoveries. This photo was taken long ago and I'll leave it to you to guess where the people in all of their finery might be.



Spend a little time at the MAJESTIC THEATRE

This is actually a reposting of a post from July in 2013. It was as close as I could come to this week's Sepia Saturday prompt.

No idea where or when this shot was taken. I can take a guess that it was after 1913 because of the movie that is listed on the signboard.

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Step back in time and imagine what these ladies might be going to see.

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You can see Pathe Review on the signboard with "The Chameleon" listed as a film that was showing. This film came out in January of 1913. If you click on the title link above you'll find the following at IMDB: Released in the US as a split reel along with the documentary The Making of Hats

And perhaps after the show they dropped into the druggist next door to look at the fine Kodak products after having something wonderful to eat at the soda fountain. One can only imagine their conversation after viewing such titillating features.

Mike found the following comedy short which might be one that the ladies saw. Thank you Mike!

UPDATE: Reader AnyJazz has found an article about the theater which provides its location as Benicia, California.


Hard at WORK

Okay folks, give me your best guess as to what is going on here besides just guys working.

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There is no information as to when this photo was taken, where it was taken, or who these gentlemen were. We can surmise that this photo was proof of a love that in most of the circles of their society had to be kept quiet.

This is a tiny photo measuring 1" x 1.5". A small photo that could be easily hidden in a wallet when it was impossible to display a larger one in a frame in the home.

It's hard to imagine a life where joy and love must be hidden, but if each of us think about it I imagine we can find a time in our life where even in the smallest moment we were outsiders afraid to tell our truth. A life built on lies is wrong both for ourselves and others. We must be kinder to each other.




I could have gone the "legit" way with this week's Sepia Saturday prompt and shown some of my snapshots of people walking down the street taken by those pesky photographers who leapt out and shot them. I chose a different route.

Meet my fifty cent wonder. Yes, I paid a whopping fifty cents for this tiny wonder; and it is tiny. What we have is most likely an arcade photo that this fellow paid perhaps a penny for back around the turn of the 20th century. Some cheap laughs he could keep in his wallet. I have to wonder how such a small piece of paper made it through the last hundred years.

And the premier of silly walks...




Does anyone have any idea what this kid is supposed to be? I've never seen a mask like this. I'm thinking it must have been hot as hell to wear.