Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sepia Saturday: Tints from the past


For Sepia Saturday this week I would have liked to write about shoemaking, cordwaining, bootmaking and cobbling as an occupation because I have ancestors who earned their livings doing just that, and so did my husband. But, I don't have any family photos of them working at their trade. I'll have to leave that for another day when I feel up to writing an essay.

c1963. My younger siblings and me, ready for school, wearing our laced-up school shoes that dad was skilled at repairing. 
This photo makes me laugh. I have no head and John has half a head. Mum could have stepped a little closer!! 
Maybe we were in haste because the school bus was due.
I would have liked to write about my father mending our shoes because he could, and to save money of course. But I don't have any photos and I'm wondering if dad still has his last in his shed so I'll save that for another day as well. 

So, instead, I'm taking another element from the theme photo and posting some tinted photos I have in my collection of found photos. All of them are postcards.



Miss Lily Elsie, an actress.
Maggie Gooney
Post Office, Balmain, Sydney


It will be interesting to see what others have chosen to do this week over at Sepia Saturday.

14 comments:

  1. What was it about our parents chopping off heads in our photos???

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  2. What was it about our parents chopping off heads in our photos???

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  3. All the photos are interesting & at least in the one where you lost your head, your shoes still show. :) The tinted photo of Maggie Gooney is rather avant-garde for the times.

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  4. I enjoyed seeing your postcards. My favorite is the lady with the big hat and a handbag.

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  5. A veritable treasure trove of tinted photos and most of them lovely. The half pink Gooney is a bit off, but there is an effect on my digital photo editing programs called "leak" and it does something like this to your photos. Popular on Instagram. Great post.

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  6. Great collection of colourised postcard photos, thanks for sharing them.

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  7. What extraordinary postcards. I would love to see a then and now comparison of the Balmain Post Office photo. I don't remember the post office being that grand but perhaps I am not that observant.

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  8. There's some real artistry in those tinted photo samples you have given us. Not always the case. I've seen some with over-pinked cheeks and yellow hair. You have given us a well done set.

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  9. I think my father's last and his leather working tools all went to my eldest brother when Dad died. Sadly my brother has now gone as well so I doubt they survive. Like your collection of tinted photos.

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  10. Unusual colours in the tinted postcards but very interesting. We just have to keep the headless photos don’t we? So funny.

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  11. I find it interesting that even adding one color such as a pastel green was enough to attract the interest of people in past times.

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  12. I love the tinted people pics though Maggie looks a bit fierce! Don't you wish you knew the story behind them? I think my father's last wound up at my friend's after we packed up mum's house last year.

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  13. Lol. I think our mother's both went the same photography school, except Mum also manages to get a finger in the picture too :)

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  14. The headless photo focusing on shoes your dad repaired has reminded me of all the times I watched my dad polish and shine his shoes. He also polished my shoes. I remember that white chalky polish on my Sunday shoes and saddle oxfords. But he would buff them into a nice shine.

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Lorraine