Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Sepia Saturday: 500 weeks

Congratulations to the Sepia Saturday team for 500 weeks, launched 10 years ago. I only contributed for several of those years but I really enjoyed reading the blogs of other contributors and the humour of Alan who holds it all together. A medal for consistency is in order.

I continue to scan my old family snaps and buy old snapshots online - the latest purchased package of about 300 photos arrived the other day - because I think it's vital that the cultural heritage in snapshots is preserved.

Found photo: Lady in her back yard. NSW, Australia.

This photo is one from a purchased bundle. I've always been particularly interested in photos that show people at work and this lady appears to be boiling water, maybe for her weekly washing day. I look at her yard and think that my life is so easy compared with hers. Everything has been made by hand, making do with materials to hand. In the context of other photos in the bundle I think she is living in New South Wales, Australia. Her name is not known but she has my respect.

Good luck for the future, Sepia Saturday. Well done.


  1. What an interesting photo! Glad you decided to come back over to SS!

  2. Very interesting. And she is smiling! That impresses me. ha

  3. Welcome back! I hope you continue to join us when you can. That's a wonderful photo and I agree with Margaret - it's interesting she's smiling while obviously doing a chore one might not always smile about. I trust the camera made the difference. :)

  4. Congratulations on rescuing these photos. Even without knowing who is in them, photographs offer slices of life from the era in which they are taken, and they make great illustrations for blog posts. Happy Holidays and New Year!

  5. I love the details found in these old rural "occupational" photos. The privy in the background, the cistern raised up on crude logs, and the outdoor boiler fire reflect our ancestor's hardships and their fortitude. I have a number of similar 1910-1930s farm life photos from my family archives that are not much different from what life was like in ancient times.
    Best wishes to you and your family for a joyful holiday.

  6. Great Work! Yes, it's vital to preserve these monuments to the past.

  7. Whatever the lady is doing, there is a faint smile on her face. And, judging by the shape of her right hand, it looks like she is holding something very warm. I also dare say she does not live in the city :-)
    My best wishes for the new year!

  8. I love the cheerful determination in your photo

    Happy New Year and all the best for a successful year of researching cultural heritage and writing in 2020 - greetings from a fellow occasional Sepia Saturday blogger also from Australia


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