Saturday, October 26, 2013

Sepia Saturday 200: 26 October 2013


Alan from Sepia Saturday says:

Trumpet fanfares :  My Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen. Welcome to that celebration of old and curious photographs that is known throughout the world as Sepia Saturday. Indeed, welcome to a very special Sepia Saturday, because four years and 199 themes ago, Sepia Saturday was born. And we are celebrating this important anniversary by asking everybody who has ever joined in with Sepia Saturday to look back on their contributions and choose a favourite one. Simply republish that favourite Sepia post and we will gather together all the contributions and publish them in a little "The Best Of Sepia Saturday" book which will be available for anyone to buy on-line. As you would expect from Sepia Saturday, there are very few rules and regulations involved in this special Sepia Saturday post. It can be any of your Sepia Saturday posts, but unfortunately we will have to limit it to one per participant. If you would like to amend or update the post, that is fine so long as it remains recognisably related to the original post. I would also like to include a short paragraph about each of the contributors - something along the lines of the Blogger profiles that appear on most of our blogs. 

I am a Johnny come lately to Sepia Saturday having only been aware of its existence since February this year and having made the grand total of 20 contributions.

I have chosen my first contribution (Sepia Saturday 162) largely because it is short and sweet and also because it is a photo I love but know absolutely nothing about...the best kind !

The theme was bicycles or lads with caps on their heads.



This photo was in my grandfather's album (Thomas McLoughlin) so I am hazarding a guess that it was taken in Bathurst or Orange in the early 1900s.

What these lads were doing I have no idea...feel free to extemporise....

Hanging about on a Sunday I reckon. 

Happy Anniversary Sepia Saturday!

33 comments:

Gail Perlee said...

Wonder why the girls had to hang around in the background? I bet today they'd be right out there with the boys!

Jackie van Bergen said...

I think it's an old school photo. I went to a little country school that looked a lot like this one. Perhaps look into the area and see if there are some photos of local schools - perhaps in a centenary celebration booklet or something.

Boobook said...

I reckon Jackie's right. It's a lovely photo. A local historical society might be able to identify the school building.

tony said...

Playtime at School.......They Looked Really Relaxed,whatever! A Facinating .

Kat Mortensen said...

Could they be waiting for a parade?

Wendy said...

The composition of that photo really is good -- a definite keeper! I can see why you like it.

Alex Daw said...

Indeed Gail! Indeed.

Alex Daw said...

That's a brilliant suggestion Jackie. Thank you!

Alex Daw said...

Thank you Boobook...I'm onto it!

Alex Daw said...

Yes Tony - there are some real characters there.

Alex Daw said...

Yes you do get the feeling of expectation don't you?

Alex Daw said...

Yes Wendy it is special isn't it?

Nancy said...

Oh, Alex, what a great photograph! It's too bad you don't know anything about it. Did you notice the variety of hats the boys are wearing? It looks like they interrupted a game to be photographed. The boy on the left looks to be holding a ball (or some other large round object). I hope you can learn more.

Bob Scotney said...

I thought one boy is holding an improvised fishing rod.

Doug Peabody said...

Knickers were the style back then. I have some photos with my dad wearing them. Great post for Sepia Saturday 200!

Little Nell said...

Oh good, a photo going in the book with lots of detail that we can come back to again and again.

Patrica Ball Morrison said...

It is a grand photo and one I hope you can learn more about...

Mike Brubaker said...

I very suitable choice, since so many Sepia Saturday posts are about the mystery: What's going on here? My notion is that it's a boys variation of kickball with a stout bamboo stick for a bat and a rather misshapen ball.

Karen S. said...

Perfect post choice, Alex. A picture that has many stories to tell indeed. I often enjoy the comments of others, sometimes they hit spot on with my own thoughts, but then one like Bob will mention the make-shift fishing pole, I didn't notice and now I have to go back and see!

Kristin said...

The boy is holding an ancient egg of some prehistoric monster. The girls are slightly worried that it is going to hatch the monster. The boys are oblivious, although the one boy is holding the bamboo stick, just in case.

I remember this photo from before and wonder what I said last time.

Alex Daw said...

Hi Nancy, yes I think you may be right about an interrupted game. It would be nice if I could find out more wouldn't it?

Alex Daw said...

Or maybe a cane ? It was the day for "six of the best".

Alex Daw said...

Thanks Doug. I do like knickerbockers. I have a deep dark memory of my mother making me some once......possibly at my request...back in the seventies when it may have been fashionable for a second.

Alex Daw said...

Thanks Little Nell. Always glad to be of service :)

Alex Daw said...

Thank you Patricia. I'll do my best.

Alex Daw said...

Thank you Karen. Yes there's lots of imagination at work here.

Alex Daw said...

Thank you Mike. I think you are on the money, as they say.

Alex Daw said...

Oh Kristin. Now that made me smile. A very imaginative response and possibly the correct one I feel ;)

Sharon said...

A wonderful photo. It looks very similar to photos that I have of school yards in times gone past.

L. D. said...

It is a wonderful photo. The group looks like it could fill up the building when they all go inside.

The Silver Fox said...

That's a great photo. Perhaps some holiday?

Postcardy said...

That photo has an unusual arrangement for a group photo. I wish I knew the story behind this.

TICKLEBEAR said...

Fun picture, but I would have been concerned about that boy just off center holding that big stick...
Well done!!
:)~
HUGZ