Contemplating.

Contemplating.
Wayzata, Minnesota

Friday, July 15, 2011

Sepia Saturday 83 : 16 July 2011

 Sepia Saturday 16 July



Due to a raging storm right now, and a big wedding tomorrow I have taken harbor at our local library to post this addition of  Sepia Saturday, which begins right now.................!


It appears gentleman number 4 has a beer stein with a lid, (or beer mug) in his hand, but is that a graduate's cap on top of his head?

          Welcome on this 16, of July (also my youngest son's wedding day) if you are reading this on Saturday the 16th for another grand array of Sepia Saturday ....Per Alan's theme photo this week (another magnificent print) and it's as if the photo were saying......."the gangs all here, complete with beer bottle (and Alan said we must bring our own bottle of beer) the gents playing cards are quite handsome, the lad possibly of royalty by his looks, and the mysterious four of clubs card half hidden under one of the player's legs is still a mystery to me.

If you have the time you really should view the theme photo this week...it's well worth seeing!
http://sepiasaturday.blogspot.com/2011/07/sepia-saturday-83-16-july-2011.html

...and since Alan said, "Bring your own bottle of beer," ....I'm bringing a postcard of Lincoln's Silver $ Bar complete with as many brews as desired, but also they feature the largest collection of its kind with 9000 silver (yes 9000) $'s left by people from all over the world, and displayed in this unique bar in western Montana!  1,400 $ are embedded in the bar top, the remainder are mounted about the room. 


This old postcard is from Lincoln's Silver $ Bar, on Highway 10, Haugan, Montana date unknown.
If we're opening up the post with delicious beverages of sorts, may I introduce my cousins, Gesine and Jorg, although Gesine seems to be sipping something, Jorg being about 7 years younger is not partaking in any sipping...as was the case so many times before.  Sorry Jorg, you'll just have to grow up a bit more.

Gesine and Jorg, at home around the holidays.....about 1956.
Since Gesine and Jorg are here, let me also introduce their father, my uncle Freddie, which by the way is not hiding any cards (that we know of) but his face appears to be saying, "Now just wait a moment.  A Royal Flush beats your full house!"
Uncle Freddie.....
Alan's theme photo immediately brought to my mind, "Characters" with an air of being especially very swanky and neatly groomed and easily mistaken for the title of "Dapper Dan" which first came to life as a hair gel for men, and today there is a fab Magazine, "The Dapper Dan" that is all about men's fashion and philosophy.  The phrase, "I'm a Dapper Dan Man was enjoyed by many a men back in the day....

Yes, I am proud to say I am a "Dapper Dan man."
While we're on the subject of striking and neat-looking, I must include this random find from my favorite photo dealer of a couple of young good looking lads that could be related to the darling young boy featured in Alan's theme photo.

This old photo is on a postcard and there is absolutely nothing written about who, where or what the boys were taking this photograph for.  But they sure are some neatly dressed and happy children!
I'm closing this Saturday's Sepia post with six men that could very well be card playing fellows, although they all appear to be rather card sharks.....wouldn't you agree...and I'm sure some of them may have a card up their sleeve as well.

This is also a photo on a postcard, left blank but you have to agree especially the third man from the bottom row looks like maybe a bookie? 
I hope you've enjoyed my card playing, sharp and aggressively active in pool hall or card game antics "characters" as much as I did hunting them all down.  I have to continue to give thanks to my family for taking the photographs that they did along the years but also for the person I know as 10BWD who has been gaining much revenue since I began playing this absolutely dynamic game of Sepia Saturday.... and if you want to play too go here

http://sepiasaturday.blogspot.com/2011/07/sepia-saturday-83-16-july-2011.html

32 comments:

Karen S. said...

A side not on the first photo as I looked closer, it must just be a hat turned upside down, but from my home computer it appeared more like a graduation cap!

Max said...

I think you're right about the hat turned upside down. Great pictures!
"Dressed up" just ain't what it used to be, is it? The boy with the tie (rarely seen anywhere but church, and then not that often there) and loved the "Dapper Dan" picture.

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Kristin said...

I never knew Dapper Dan was a hair gel. Nice photos. the group of 6 men look a gang of thugs to me.

~Tracie~ said...

What a great group of photos. I thought it looked like a small graduation cap on his head. I love the photo of the two young boys, one so dressed up in a tie and Sunday best while the other seems so dressed down? LOL thank you for sharing and congratulations to your son and his new bride.

savethephotos said...

Your post had me laughing, thank you! Your commentary cracked me up. And the shots that I found humorous were fellow #1 with the upside down hat on, wow, what a face hes making! And then your cousins at the "Mini Bar" at home or wherever posing, those just cracked me up! What a great compilation this week for the theme. Look forward to more of your posts! :)

darlin said...

A huge congratulations to your son on his wedding day. Have a fantastic time, which I'm sure you will mother of the groom! ;-)

I love browsing through your old photos, some of the men almost look like Mafia rather than card sharks! lol The two boys are so cute, I wonder why one is in his Tshirt only. That seems rather odd that one of the young fellas would be fully dressed and looking "dapper" while the other looks like he could be at the doctors for a check up. Very interesting indeed!

Little Nell said...

Oh well done for rising to Alan’s challenge so well! I have to agree with Kristin - a bit thuggish looking that group of six.

Jinksy said...

Dapper Dan is right!

Daydreamertoo said...

LOl some of the men looked like real villans, I don't think they were at all but, in the old days, didn't they all seem to have either a look of fear on their faces or perhaps, a look of 'don't take my soul with that picture you are taking.' I don't know, something about all of their faces that seem, edgy. I love old pictures, after all, they show us history. A great post, thank you.

Postcardy said...

The guy with the stein looks quite drunk. I thought it looked like an upside down hat too, except the brim is rather narrow.

I am curious about 10BWD.

JJ said...

Sepia Saturday remains my favorite. Great photos!

Mike Brubaker said...

Best wishes that your family wedding photos become as memorable as these! :-)

Margaret said...

...I vote for an upside down hat, but they look like they are having fun. I love the "Dapper Dan'.... the rest of the story. Love to know where phrases come from. The last photo- definitely card players! :) Fun post.

Bob Scotney said...

I hadn't heard of Dapper Dan, but this reminded me of the Brylcreem Boys in the UK. I may even have use some once - when I had some hair.I wouldn't paly cards with that last group, I would be looking to see whether they carried violin cases.

Tattered and Lost said...

Men In Hats. New musical coming to Broadway. Just has to.

Nancy said...

I'd like to know the story behind the first photo. What were they celebrating, for surely the young man with the stein had accomplished something worthwhile. This is a great bunch of photos with fun commentary. Congratulations and best wishes to your son and his bride.

Leah said...

Wonderful, especially the family photos!

MuseSwings said...

Congrats on the wedding! Thanks for taking time to share this wonderful collection of photos! The last one is especially interesting. Looks like members of the Purple Gang- especially that Cagneyesque fellow in the front row.

Alan Burnett said...

I am writing this on Sunday - I hope the wedding went really well and everyone had a great day. Your card trick was fabulous (I would expect nothing less) and you even gave me a bar as a bonus.

forestwalk/laura k said...

congrats to your son...much happy days to all!!

LOVE all your pic's...whenever i see the old sepia ones...esp when the pic's are just of the men...i always think of the 'bowery boys'.
that first one is really great...if you take the time to look closely...and notice not just the upside down hat...but the opened beer stein and their expressions are priceless!!!! hysterical!

(uncle freddie reminds me of my dad...i don't even remember him without a pipe in his mouth...)

great choice of pictures/postcards...and your explanations!!!!

Howard said...

Great post, I love the bar photo, I'd love to have a beer in there.

Galen Pearl said...

Great photos, all. Certainly piques the imagination about who they were and what their lives were like.

tony said...

A Grand Series Of Photos! The First One Reminds Me Of When I Saw Ray Davies ( nee "The Kinks") play live a few years back.He Played a whole song while singing & Playing guitar with a full pint of beer on his head! Sheer Class!

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