Saturday, June 14, 2014

Sepia Saturday -Transportation

For this Sepia Saturday Suggestion there is a photograph of some new (at the time) automobiles loaded up on rail road flat cars. They're headed presumably, to the waiting new car dealers all poised with a manager sale, a Mother's Day sale, an inventory clearance sale, a door-buster sale or any one of their myriad gimmicks to entice customers to their lot.

I think LOST GALLERY only has a couple of photographs of double transportation, (one mode carrying another) so after we present those, let's go on and see just how many different modes of transportation we can find.

Here then for Sepia Saturday, today, are two photographs of automobiles on a ferry boat.

Man watching ferry

Now that's out of the way let's see what else we can find.



Starting off with Mules and Donkeys. Do you know the difference? Basically they are not genetically related at all, yet belong to the same family of animals. (I know, confusing isn't it?) Outwardly, the donkey is almost always smaller than a mule.

So here we have one of each (I think).

Four on a Donkey

Three on a horse
Horse and cart
Horse, boy dog

Here's horse-back, horse-and-buggy, horse-and-wagon and horse-and-cart.

There is also the Brougham, the Buckboard, the Cabriolet and Charabanc. You remember the Covered Wagon, the Hansom Cab, the Sulky and the Surrey. And let’s not forget to mention the vehicle of choice in every Hollywood Western movie, the Stage Coach.

And there were many other names for horse powered vehicles.

Horses and wagon
Giddy yap
Giddy yap!

Children on an elephant 04

Beside elephants, kids have their own array of vehicles.

Two boys and a riding toy
boy on scooter

A boy and his airplane 01
License and Registration Please
Three kids playing

Let's not forget the sled and sleigh.

Horse and Sleigh
Child and Sled

Then there's what my mother used to refer to as "Shank's Mule."

By the sea, One girl walking

We touched on automobiles at the top of the page only briefly, so here are some more.

Top down
sport car 01
The shell game.

There are buses, trucks, vans, hearses, jeeps, tanks, limousines and some things I can't identify.

Touring bus
man and bus

Jeep and two men
Ice plane

The LOST GALLERY has an extensive collection of abandoned photographs of aircraft. If you are interested in that sort of thing, see the index at the bottom of the page.

For our Sepia Saturday transportation exhibition we'll just present two of the most graceful.

The P-38 Lightning and the lovely Lockheed Constellation.

The Flying Dutchman

For transportation we shouldn't leave out Trains, Trams and Trolleys. Trains are plentiful but trams and trolleys are few in the collection.

Engine 53
Toonerville Trolley
Workin' fer the RailRoad...

I almost forgot, there is quite a variety of craft for water travel: rowboats and rafts, canoes and cabin cruisers.

The raft is sinking.
Two children in a boat
Excursion boat
Possible troop ship

And finally, we can't leave out the most whimsical of all,
The Flying Saucer.

Here Gort stomps down the gang plank to terrorize Washington DC with his tank melting gaze.

Come to think of it, Gort might be of some help fixing Washington today.

Gort approaches.

So now let's start up, mount up, rev up and wind up back at the Sepia Saturday home page and find out what today's suggestion is REALLY about.

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. I don't post many comments (I know shame on me) but I want you to know that I really enjoyed this post. Thank you for sharing these wonderful photographs!

    I can't say which photo is my favorite. I like them all. For that matter I enjoy all your posts. Keep up the good work.

    1. Thanks very much Cheryl Ann. I am glad you enjoyed the post. I enjoy assembling these Saturday specials too as they offer an opportunity to review some of the thousands of photographs in the gallery. I tend to forget what is there. Come again.

  2. I thought the ferry boat pix couldn't be beat, but those riding toys are pretty darn cool, especially the plane. I don't think I've ever seen one of those. That kid must have been the envy of the neighborhood!

    1. Thanks Wendy. LOST GALLERY has three pages of kids and their mobile toys. I have one riding a bomb like Slim Pickens in Dr. Strangelove but with wheels. Here is a link to that page. It's about the sixth row down.

  3. Wow, you've got every kind of transport covered. Just about. No submarine. (But I bet you've got a snapshot somewhere in the archives!)
    The ice plane is now at the top of my list for things to acquire. I've given up waiting for a flying car.

    1. Thanks Mike Brubaker. Come to think of it, I do believe I have a submarine somewhere. I'll add it if I find it. I had two of the propeller driven ice vehicles. Yes, the flying car in an abandoned photograph would be a real find.

  4. Well, you just about covered it all, including a few trains! I loved riding the ferry boats on Sundays across San Francisco Bay to Marin County before the Richmond-San Rafael bridge was built. In nice weather our family would often go on a picnic somewhere out on the ocean or along the Russian River. That darned bridge really took some of the fun away as the ferry boat was a highly anticipated and special part of the trip. And I remember those self-peddled cars & boats & fire engines & airplanes & such. We didn't have any, but some of the neighborhood kids did & they shared. Speaking of planes, you did miss one thing: the Space Shuttle riding piggy-back on a 747. Now, I have that one! :))

    1. Thanks La Nightingail. You have a Space Shuttle riding piggy-back? Very cool! Now I want one. I'm with you, sometimes in the name of progress, we lose too many things we wanted to keep.

  5. I seem to remember my mother calling walking "shank's mare." I never heard it called "shank's mule."

    1. LOL. We called it Shank's Pony".

    2. I never thought of 'double transportation'!

    3. Thanks Postcardy. You might be right. My memory is pretty dim on that. Might have been Mare and not Mule. I was little and probably changed it in my mind because I knew what a mule was but I didn't know what a mare was.

    4. Thanks Lorraine Phelan. I couldn't think of any other term to call it.

  6. Great, especially the donkeys, one of my favourite subjects. Co-incidentally we just watched a documentary about the use of mules in the First World War, in which the diference was very well explained.

    1. Thanks Little Nell. Every once in a while I get it explained to me but well, I just forget.

  7. It is 'shank's pony' in the UK. You have a marvellous collection here - but no mule train!

    1. Thanks Bob Scotney. You know, I don't think I have a mule train. I didn't think of it. I should look for one.

  8. That is certainly comprehensive. So many photos! Where do you get them all? You must have a big hard drive!

    1. Thanks Sharon. Yes there's a lot of them. I lost count years ago. I transfer them to CD annually, in twenty categories so I can find them again by date and subject. Flickr keeps a copy of many of them too, with multiple detail tags so I can quickly form groups in many subjects; saddle shoes, furs, wagons, and so on.



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