Every now and then, I pour myself a cup of coffee, shuffle into my office and settle down in front of the computer for some Blog Time – not to write and post on my blog, but to search for interesting blogs that others have posted.
A lot of what’s out there doesn’t interest me in the slightest, but a lot of it does. Occasionally I’ll stumble upon a blog that grabs me by the throat, and when I do, I create a shortcut for a folder on my desktop so that it’s easier for me to go back and visit again and again.
Sepia Saturday is one of those throat-grabbers.
Sepia Saturday is a blog hosted by Alan Burnett and Kat Mortensen. I’m not at all certain where they really are in the world (that’s one of the wonderful things about blogging), but from their spelling and word usage, I’m guessing they’re “across the pond.”
Their message is simple, yet hugely important: we have a responsibility to preserve not only photographic documentation of our ancestors, but also social documentation – the stories of their lives and their contributions to the society in which we live and to the people we have become.
Each Saturday, Alan & Kat post a photograph. There’s usually a theme (or several themes) connected to each photo: bicycles, occupations, time, hats, doorways, etc., and bloggers from all over respond to that photographic theme by posting photos of their own on their own blogs! You can follow those responses through links on Sepia Saturday’s site.
Go to: sepiasaturday.blogspot.com
Today they posted a great 1901 shot of a man and his two sisters; in turn, I offer a 1912 photograph of Margaret Sylvester Gould and her five brothers, one of whom -- the one sitting in the chair on the right -- was my grandfather. The boys are Howard, Allen, Richard, Prescott and Gardner, and they lived in Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts.