Saturday, August 10, 2013

Sepia Saturday - Things in Front of Things

The Sepia Saturday suggestion for this week is an excellent one.

I couldn't find many of a couple people riding an unusual vehicle past an old building. So, I decided to limit it to a group of photographs of a vehicle in front of a building. (Things in front of other things.) There are some entertaining snapshots in that category.

(No, no. You're thinking of the "Royal Society For Putting Things on Top Of Other Things." It was deemed silliness and adjourned forever.)

Playing in a head dress on a tricycle.

So here's the first one I thought of. It's a boy on a tricycle in front of the porch of his home.

Now, let's think about this. This photograph is probably more than 100 years old. Oklahoma didn't become a state until November of 1907. The years prior to that, saw inhuman, thoughtless actions by the white man. Indian tribes were uprooted from their ancestral homes all over the continent and herded unceremoniously to "Indian Territory" for safekeeping.

Then, after some attempts by the Five Civilized Tribes to form their own state named "Sequoia", President Teddy Roosevelt and the US congress decided it would be the state of Oklahoma. The name was derived from two Choctaw words, okla meaning "people" and humma meaning "red")

Now I realize I have given the history lesson here only a glance. The story is readily available in several places and it is recommended reading. I just wanted to make note here.

The question is: Is this child in his Indian costume, headdress and all, politically correct for the day? Was it insulting to the proud race of Native Americans? Or did this sort of activity actually in the long view, help promote understanding between the races.

The Native Americans seem to be recovering at last with Indian Land being used for posh gambling casinos all over the states.

Child and Tricycle
Two kids on tricycles
Two children, tent and tricycle
Hope that's not where they were living...
baby on tricycle

Open all night
A helicopter in front of the Valley Cafe.
Biwing Airplane, man and woman
An airplane in front of a hanger.

Virginia Building
Here's a horse and buggy in front of the Jefferson Home, Montecello.
Man. dog. two horses and wagon
Horses and wagon in front of ...well, a barn.

Old car and buildings
A car in front of the "Widow's Home". Driving a car would be a rare activity for a woman in those days.
Five people
But not so in 1932. Here is a convertible in front of the club.

Man and woman leaving in the car
A car in front of the old family home.
Man and Car
Man and car in front of ...well, a barn.

Building construction
Here is a barge anchored in front of the post office in Manila, Philippines.
The building was heavily damaged.
20111010 manila central post office and river
Here it is more recently.

on reverse:
Christian Science Church
Diversion and "I" St.
Mar 18/23
This building is still standing in Tacoma, Washington
Here it is more recently.

Toys and Dolls
A two seated car in front of a toy shop.
Four bikes, four guys
Four guys on bicycles in front of a warehouse. Well, maybe it's a barn.


O. J. Bruton, now fully recovered from his bicycle injury has made a life changing decision. "Maw, I'm agoing over to France to that bike race. I'll be back tomorrow. Hope my feet will reach the pedals now."

Okay, now hop on the old velocipede and pedal on back to the Sepia Saturday home page for more adventure!

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 Child 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. I love the two seated car in front of a toy shop. What do you think it was that cost 1c each?

  2. Thanks Brett Payne. I don't know. A one cent item is hard to imagine now. That photograph is from a large format negative and it has been examined quite a bit. Click on the picture to take you to the discussion. We determined it is in San Francisco but we have not been able to discover much else about it.

    Is the man on the stair Doctor Bixby?

  3. The Valley Cafe=fly-in not a Drive-In......

  4. Loved the little injun on his tricycle.

  5. Such a wonderful collection of photographs. The quality of some of the early photos is really very good.

  6. Hmmm...widow's looks so deeply depressing.

  7. Thanks Tony. I am not sure what is going on in that picture. It must be some kind of parade or street party or something.

    Thanks Little Nell. I found three in that series actually. The other two have two little boys in them. They were in really bad shape.

    Thanks Alan Burnett. I agree. The quality of some old photographs is outstanding when you consider the primitive equipment involved.

  8. Thanks Alex Daw. You're right. The state of a woman's place in society in those days was not an easy one nor happy one.

  9. That feller with the Indian headdress on the tricycle is a man after my own heart. I never could amass enough feathers to make my headress look very impressive either.

  10. Thanks again, Brett Payne. I never could either. Best I could do was a headband and one feather.

  11. The man with his dogs in front of the barn almost could be wearing a uniform.I wonder why the photo was taken.

  12. A trifecta collection of wheels. The tricycle theme is a fun sub-genre. My favorite though is the widow's home chauffeur.

  13. You can't go wrong featuring little children on tricycles..good post!

  14. A super collection of photos. Loved the headdress.The car in front of the family home could be a Brougham model as it looks rather like the one I've shown.

  15. Thanks Boobook. Hm. I think the picture was taken in the world war one era but I can’t identify his garb. There’s not enough detail. You know, I didn’t notice the dogs before. Why was this picture needed/wanted? That’s a question I ask myself often. Maybe it was a new wagon or barn. Or maybe they were just trying out their new box camera. Eastman’s “Kodak” was available around 1888.

    Thanks Mike Brubaker. You are right. The tricycle is a category all by itself. I am working on page three of a series I called “Children and their Mobile Toys.”

    Thanks Rosie. You are right! And there certainly are a lot of them.

    Thanks Bob Scotney. Yes I saw that. I didn’t realize “brougham” was a particular body style until I read your post this week. I thought it was just a model name made up by some ad executive to sound special or high-class.

  16. Being a storyteller first and foremost, the first four pictures had a haunting quality to them --- as did the one with the four boys on bicycles. Well, for goodness sake, there are stories behind each picture -- and lost stories at that. Thanks for a great collection.

  17. Kids on contraptions. It's a category for sure. And notice that none of them needed to wear helmets.

  18. Thanks Joan. There's always a story isn't there? Abandoned photographs always have a story. Sometimes it is obvious but sometimes not.

    Thanks Tattered and Lost. Nope, no helmets. I didn't notice that.

  19. I know the post is about vehicles but the old barns are just as interesting. Thanks.

  20. Thanks Boundforoz. You're right! Hm. I wonder how many old photographs I can find with barns in them. A collection of barns would make a very interesting page.



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