Saturday, March 22, 2014

Sepia Saturday - The Monuments

For this Sepia Saturday Suggestion we have monuments and statues.

Now, few things get photographed more by memory-hunting tourists and camera toting sight-seers than monuments and statues. Sometimes the statue gets exclusive attention but more often somebody in the family is posed in front of the famous monument. They put on the "I was here!" face and snap. There they are for posterity.

So today for Sepia Saturday, lets look at some photographs of statues and monuments taken by our LOST GALLERY tourists and travelers.

But first, I would be remiss if I didn't start out with a shot of my favorite sculpture, "Sprites" which stands in a small courtyard next to a large building on Elgin in Ottawa, Ontario.

Three Bronze

Sir Thomas More mem 02
Sir Thomas More

Now, let's see what our tourists deemed worthy of a place in their photo albums and slide shows but ultimately ended up in LOST GALLERY.

Monument at foot of lower Regent Street

Monument at foot of lower Regent Street
Richard I monument
Richard the First monument

Park in the city with snow
A perfectly lovely shot of a fountain in a park somewhere. Any guess? This could have been taken this past winter but the print is at least 70 years old.

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2205 Unidentified Confederate Statue 22 05
These were scanned from abandoned negatives.
The Concord Minute Man Statue
The Concord Minute Man Statue
"The Concord Minute Man Statue" from a label on the negative sleeve.

Thelma at statue 644
Holli at eagle statue 993

Mark Twain statue
Cardiff Hill memorial
Car at the gate
VIctoria Regina Monument
Where is this?
Where is this?

The Krinkley family and the Stone Deer

20140311 Stone deer

It had been two days and five nights of continuous driving. Grandpa Baub and the Krinkley family finally arrived at the memorial to Randolph the Rude-Nosed Reindeer.

At the Bono Wildlife Preserve and UFO Landing Field they all posed at the remote hilltop memorial while one of the hitchhikers captured the event with a box camera. It was a solemn moment.

Then young Bristol dropped the skunk.

Statue of Liberty
Where is this?

Rushmore Art
From the streaks we can tell this is from an old Polaroid camera. You know what monument this is, right?

Now advance the film and snap on back to the Sepia Saturday home page for more famous tourist spots!

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THE KIDS Lesson one. It is always a mystery how a photograph of any of these precious children could end up lost or abandoned. Here are a few. You will probably say "Ooh..." at least once.

Dee and the Business School Dee and the Business School
The beautiful Dee. A curious story; What do you see?

Neiffel and Helvetica Typehigh

"What are they doing?"


  1. A monumental display of stone and bronze statues. Since I had only one mystery sculpture this weekend, you've got me beat on puzzle photos. There is a Renaissance sculpture of Hercules and Diomedes wrestling that resembles the one in the center of the arched plaza, but I couldn't find where the original is. Perhaps Florence, Italy.

    1. Thanks Mike Brubaker. Hm. I'll investigate that. A snap in front of a monument is a common theme, I have found. There are so many I ignored them at first. Now I am trying to get them together.

  2. My favorite? The "Sprites". Whoever the sculptor was, they certainly had a marvelous imagination. Nice post.

    1. Thanks La Nightingail. I really like that one too. I used to see it nearly every day when lived in Ottawa. I am told it has been moved but is still in the area.

  3. Don't think I can help you - unless you suspect some are in Australia!
    A great collection - good luck identifying them

    1. Thanks Jackie van Bergen. I have no idea where some of them are. There are others that I know are in England and a couple are in New York state somewhere, but that is as close as I can get. A follower identified the Richard the First monument for me. Perhaps some of the others will be identified eventually.

  4. Intersted to see your comment about the Polaroid Swinger - I'm not too familiar with Polaroid photo types, so I can see it's something I have a lot to learn about.

    1. Thanks Brett Payne. Actually, when I went back to check the details on that one, it turns out it is a Polaroid print but a slightly larger format than the Swinger. The Swinger prints were 2.5X3.25 size and most always shiny black on the reverse. They were not deckle-edge. They often had the remnant of a pull tab on one end that was perforated to be removed for the final print. It was the cheapest and smallest of the '60's Polaroid line. It was often at parties and gatherings for youngsters who could not afford the better models. Swinger photographs were often victims of a sloppy or neglected "fixative" bar step, as required on early Polaroid prints. You can see the results of sloppy "coating bar" application in the example on this page. A Google search will give you lots of details.

    2. How intriguing. I'll put that on my "to do" list for a future project.

  5. I wish I could help with identification but although some look familiar I think that is because they are ‘of a type’. Good luck with finding out where they are.

    1. Thanks Little Nell. Every once in a while someone comes along and identifies one of these. Monuments are a common sight among abandoned photographs.



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