Saturday, June 7, 2014

Sepia Saturday - Open Season!

Today the Sepia Saturday Suggestion is
no suggestion at all!

As you might have noticed,
has many exhibits in many categories. There's a collection of photographs of just children; there's a group of photographs with three people. There are pages for uniforms, children's toys, fur coats, cabinet cards and aircraft. There are many others. This week there will be a full (well ... almost)
list at the bottom of the page.

So today for Sepia Saturday, lets wander aimlessly about and look at samples from some of the categories in

Watermelon pair
Watermelon time
three women and watermelon

Yes, there's a category just for
People Eating Watermelon.

running board
Girl on running board

There is a page of people sitting or standing on a
Running Board.
Did you ever see one?

Woman on Running Board

What are you doing, Clyde? What are you doing,Clyde?
Chap at Jason Lee

There is a collection of people turning away from the camera.
It's called Advance to the Rear!

Don't take my picture!
Don't take my picture!


Did you ever notice that in older portraits sometimes there are some really useless and
Funny Looking Props?

Woman with post
cabinet card - standing portrait

1940 Dodge Fourdoor sedan

While it is not unheard of to find a photograph of a landscape or a building or a bridge with no one in it, it is a bit uncommon. And for some reason, it is really rare to find a photograph of
Just the Car.
You mostly see a family member posed in front of it.

1931 Chevrolet

It finally occurred to me some time ago that this pose is a category! I have found some like this and seen several in other collections. But the problem is: what to call it. What do you call a pose like this? I think it is supposed to be some sort of glamour pose but it is a bit silly too.

For now it is called, "Belly Down, Heads up" or maybe
"The Elbow Pose"
but I am open for suggestion.

The elbow/belly pose.
Part of a series
The elbow pose

And now one of my favorite categories,
The Photo-booth Portrait.

Brace yourself, there are ten installments so far in the Series.

For a review here is
Page TEN

Photobooth Girl
Estelle always wore tap shoes. You never know when they will come in handy.
Photobooth Uniformed Woman
Kaitlin was never confused except on Wednesdays after 4.
And of course, today.

Luther wanted to be a detective but no one would write about him.
Photobooth girl
Stephanie found the only drawback in wearing two left shoes was that she tended to walk in circles.

Photobooth Woman
Fillis had no sense of humor so she smiled all the time just in case.

Delahey Forge used to sell wallpaper deliberately to people. Then he repented and just wandered about Colorado until he was 29.
Photobooth baby in cap
Wow! Are those MY feet?
Photobooth man with tie
Alton had an unnatural fear of uncaged lions.
Photobooth two men
"Wait a minute," Bob thought, "I don't have a brother."

Girl in a garden
There's a page for BIG HATS
Two in jodhpurs
And where would we be today without

There is also a page for the
"Hand" Tinted Photographs.

And then there are the regular occasional sporadic pages such as:
Enhancement - Looking for Lost Details
Out of the Darkness - Rescuing Old Tintypes
Turn it Over! There's Something on the Back!
Feature Page - One Photograph Speaks.
The Album Page - photographs that seem related.

Okay, enough of that. Now, wander aimlessly, back to the
Sepia Saturday home page and see what "Open Theme" really means.

Or maybe you'd prefer just a list of all (well, most) of the categories and subjects and album pages
in LOST GALLERY! Well, here it is!

A to C

Advance to the Rear The Rear View
Aircraft – Biplanes
Aircraft – Connie, the Lockheed Constellation
Aliens and Mystery – Area Fifty-One and a Half
Animals – Gone to the Chickens
Animals – The Pets by themselves
Animals – Posing on a Pony
Area Fifty-One and a Half – Don’t Look Now
Automobiles – Car Bumpers
Automobiles – Car Running Boards
Baby Buggy
Beach – Itinerant Beach Photographer (page 01)
Beach – Itinerant Beach Photographer (page 02)
Beach – The Old Days
Beach – The Slide Show
Beach – The Girlfriend
Boys in Dresses
Bumpers – Car Bumpers
Cabinet Cards
Camera – Photographs containing a camera
C'est la Guerre – Photographs about the wars
Chain Chain Chain – People doing the same things
Chair, Fringed
Chair, One Armed
Chickens - Gone to the Chickens
Children – Boys in Dresses
Children – A Child on the Front Steps
Children - Girls and their Dolls
Children – Kid in a Tub
Children – Mobile Toys
Children - On Running Boards
Children – Slide Show
Children – Trios - In groups of Three
Christmas – in found photographs
Cities – Unknown Street Scenes
Class Pictures – School Days!
Clothing – Bows
Clothing – Costumes
Clothing – Cowboy Outfits
Clothing – Boys in Dresses
Clothing – Furs – The Dead Animal Society
Clothing – Grass Skirts
Clothing – Hats
Clothing – Jodhpurs
Clothing – Saddle Shoes
Clothing – Sailor Tailored Fashion
Clothing – Swimwear – At the Beach
Clothing – Uniforms – Girl & her Guy in Uniform
Clothing – Uniforms - Our Man at the Front
Connie, the Lockheed Constellation
Couples – A Girl and her Guy in Uniform
Fake Fight

C to P

Fringed Chair
Furniture and Props – One Armed Chair
Furniture and Props – Props and Backdrops
Furniture and Props – The Fringed Chair
Furniture and Props – Wicker
Girl in a Boat
Girlfriend and the Car
Girlfriend at the beach
Goat Cart
Gone to the Chickens – Snaps including a chicken
Grass Skirt Gallery
Groups – Chain Chain Chain – People lined up
Groups – Class Pictures
Hats – Where everyone is wearing a hat
Hats – Really Big hats
Homes – We Call it Home
House – Our House
Itinerant Street Photographer
Itinerant Photographer With PONY!
Laundry – People and Clothes Lines
Music – Trombones
Music Makers
Novelty Photo Booth – Collection
Novelty Photo Booth – Examination
The Office Typewriters and business
On a Bumper
On a Car
On a Rock
On a Running Board
One-Armed Chair
Parade – Parties, Parades and Picnics
Parties – Parties, Parades and Picnics
People Stacks
Personal Pinups – the best girl. (Page One)
Personal Pinups – the best girl. (Page Two)
Personal Pinups – Girlfriend at the beach
Pets – The animals by themselves
Photo Mask
PhotoBombing – Pranks to ruin a photo
Photography – Photographs containing a camera
Photography – The Photo Mask
Photography – Tinted Photograph
Photography – Polaroids
Photography Errors – Lurker
Photography Errors – photographer's Shadow
Photography Errors – The Double Exposure
Photography Errors – Unauthorized Photographs
Picnics – Parties, Parades and Picnics
Places to Go - More about where than who.
Places – Our House - With people in front
Places – We Call it Home - More houses
Pony – Posing on a Pony

P to W

Poses – Advance to the Rear!
Poses - Belly Down, Heads Up! (A really odd pose.)
Poses – Cheesecake
Poses – Fake Fight
Poses – Girl in a Boat
Poses – In a Tree
Poses – Kid in a Tub
Poses – On a Bumper
Poses – On a Car
Poses – On a Pony
Poses – On a Running Board
Poses – Out Sitting on a Rock
Poses – People with Signs.
Poses – Personal Pinup
Poses – The Rear View
Poses – Sleeping people
Poses – Stacks of People People on People
Props and Backdrops
Rock – People out sitting on a rock
Running Boards - Automobiles
Running Boards with Children
Saddle Shoes
Sailor Tailored Clothing
Signs – People posing with signs.
Sleeping People
Sneaky Snaps–People not posing at all
Telephone - About telephones and operators
Things – Typewriter – A Modern Antique
Things – Telephones
Things – Watermelon in the picture
Tinted Photograph
Toys – Children and their Mobile Toys
Toys - Girls and their Dolls
Transportation – Aircraft
Transportation – Automobile Bumpers
Transportation – Automobile Running Boards
Transportation – Baby Buggy
Transportation – Biplanes
Transportation – Lockheed Constellation
Transportation – Wheelbarrow
Tree Thing
Types of Photographs – Cabinet Cards
Types of Photographs – CDV (Carte-de Viste)
Types of Photographs – Photobooth
Types of Photographs – Polaroids
Types of Photographs – Tintypes
Typewriter – A Modern Antique
Unauthorized Photographs – Sneaky snaps
Uniformed Man – Our Man at the Front
Vehicles – Biplane
Vehicles – Lockheed Constellation
Vehicles – Wheelbarrow
Washday Blues – Of Love and Laundry
Wicker Chairs
Wicker Furniture
World War One


  1. Loved looking at all these photos and your running commentary!

    1. Thanks Jackie Mc Guinness. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

  2. I like the inclusion of the index. It might be worth including on future posts or sidebar for anyone who feels like looking beyond the current topic.

    1. Thanks Postcardy. I should use that trailer more often. It took days to develop all the cross-references and construct all of those links.

  3. You do have the most deliciously wicked sense of humor. Loved the photo booth pix and your comments especially, but the rest was fun, as usual. Your posts are always a delight.

    1. Thanks La Nightingale. Producing a chuckle is my finest reward. The photographs do all the work though; I just write down what they say.

    2. But you need good interpretation skills for that and I would certainly not see so much so I enjoy what you have to say, and the photos too of course

    3. Thanks genepenn. I am glad you enjoyed these. I've been collecting a long time.

  4. Great photos again and your index is interesting as well!

    1. Thanks Karen S. I should run that index more often I guess.

  5. This was a very fun post. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Thanks Nancy. It was my pleasure. Sometimes these old abandoned photographs take on a life of their own.

  6. This was a terrific idea to display examples of all your many categories. I wish I had thought of it. Otherwise I might have missed "Jodhpurs"!
    Maybe I'll borrow your index concept for another no theme Sepia Saturday.

    1. Thanks Mike Brubaker. The "No Theme" Saturday was an opportunity to flash some of my favorites from the collection. The jodhpurs pages are some of the most often visited. I have no idea why.

  7. Fantastic Collection you've got there. Great Post, Put a smile on my face.

    1. Thanks luvlinens. I am glad you enjoyed the page.

  8. There are enough potential themes there to keep me going for years. I suspect I might steel a few for future Sepia Saturdays.

    1. Thanks Alan Burnett. The categories in LOST GALLERY just developed over the years until it is now around 600 pages of collections. Steal away!

  9. I feel as though I've eaten a ten course meal. So much to look at but all of them interesting. I particularly liked the jodphur photos as they connect to some of my photos.

    1. Thanks boundforoz. I noticed lots of common poses and subjects in collections of photographs, so I started grouping them together. For some reason the jodhpurs pages are really popular.

  10. All those categories are amazing! Love the 'cheesecake ' category - I wasn't sure what to expect there til I clicked and all was revealed, or at least, lots of legs were!

    1. Thanks Jo Featherston. The cheesecake category is a popular one. It is surprising how popular that pose is among collections of old photographs.

  11. I will never tire of looking at old photographs but your galleries make this evne more enjoyable. Your witty captions are the icing on the cake.

    1. Thanks Little Nell. I am glad you enjoyed the page. The photographs do all the work. I just write down what they say.



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