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Friday, September 23, 2011

Sepia Saturday 93: Saturday 24 September 2011

This is a SEPIA SATURDAY POST

While some people take a mid afternoon nap, women and children are off to the Zoo or other more exciting wakeful activities. The lady walking out of the picture is my Uncle Horst's wife, Barchen.
Any idea what the statue outside the entrance could be?  Any guesses?


                 Alan's theme photo for this week features a famous photo from William Henry Fox Talbot taken in 1840 of Nicolaas Henneman while he sleeps.  The names of Talbot's basic everyday pictures are quite common, yet fascinating.  The Ladder, The Open Door, (featuring a stunning broom) Lace,  A handkerchief with a shadow, called "Talbot's Shadow" of course, and more.


This next photo From the "Metropolitan Series" of stereographs could be a close relative or even possibly Nicolaas Henneman himself.  Check out Alan's photo and I'm sure you'll agree!

Numbered 834 - Deceptions in Photography - reading while sleeping?!

Now for a collection of two of my favorite men.....taking naps

My grandfather (my mother's father) taking a well deserved nap while on a train.
and then do you remember my Uncle Horst?

My dear Uncle Horst, shortly after his visit to America!

...and last is a cute little post card....

I wonder if she dreams of me.....oops, we caught a lady sleeping oh no!
                     Sadly, the backside has no writing on it.

If you've enjoyed this Sepia Saturday Post and care to share some of your own or just want to see more go here
http://sepiasaturday.blogspot.com/2011/09/sepia-saturday-93-saturday-24-september.html


Thanks for everyone's help, this is what I just discovered


Special note: My mother’s album says this is the Bahnhof Zoo and Aquarium in Berlin and this lovely statue still exists. At first I thought it might be a Komodo dragon since they have a real live one there, but no it’s a Iguanodon, (genus of ornithopod dinosaur) and here’s a link to see him much larger and more recently!


http://www.google.com/imgres?q=berlin+aquarium&hl=en&gbv=2&tbm=isch&tbnid=BEdIH8Z8tdg-_M:&imgrefurl=http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Zoo_Berlin_Aquarium_Iguanodon.jpg&docid=k3wK_7ZhsKeeRM&w=2247&h=2985&ei=WRZ-TvzqFrPE0AHIhNX5Dw&zoom=1&biw=931&bih=491&iact=rc&dur=266&page=8&tbnh=130&tbnw=98&start=62&ndsp=10&ved=1t:429,r:5,s:62&tx=52&ty=111



25 comments:

Liz Stratton said...

What a great collection of images - not to mention the information about William Henry Fox Talbot. Sepia Saturday is like a walk through a museum with very knowledgeable guides!

In the first photo there is an aquarium in the background - perhaps it is a mythical sea creature in front.

My favorite is Uncle Horst.

Kristin said...

Nice collection of sleepy photos. I've taken my share of naps on trains and your grandfather looks like he is getting a good one. You uncle looks very comfortable in his nap. And someone please wake up the woman sleeping on a park bench!!

Marilyn said...

This is an interesting post and I love the photos of your grandfather and uncle.

Karen S. said...

Liz, Kristin and Marilyn, thanks, and my dear Uncle Horst has been a fave of others around here too! ..and yes we should wake up that woman and get her on her way! lol

karen S. said...

Liz- I think you are right, a part of him appears like a dinosaurs, but that head...seems a bit, mythical for sure!

Brett Payne said...

I was thinking the statue was of a dinosaur, but outside an aquarium, I wonder, perhaps a sea dragon - you know they exist!

Little Nell said...

Wonderful collection Karen. It seems we do like to snap people unawares. That first 'walking' shot falls into that category too I think. It's full of detail. I like the little girl at the ice cream cabin, standing on tiptoes, whilst her mother urges her to decide what flavour to have.

Karen S. said...

brett - You may be right about it being a sea dragon! I wonder if he's till there...I'll have to check it out.

Amanda said...

That is a fancy looking gargoyle! Seems to be in Germany. Perhaps Cologne? Love the sepia theme! :)

Karen S. said...

Amanda- yes, that's a good thought, and I'm going to go back to the album and see where it actually was...I really kind of like that silly creature...it would be cool if he were still there! Thanks for stopping by!

Pat transplanted to MN said...

A collection of slumbers and poses. Uncle Horst could not have kept that twisted up pose for too long? Can't be sure what that statue is in the first.

Karen S. said...

Little Nell you are so right....I truly enjoy the photos that my parent's family have taken even before I was born so today I can view them...it's funny even as a child I used to pour over all those albums...! I still do!

Postcardy said...

I love the last postcard. I don't think the man in the stereo view is the same as Alan's because his eyebrows don't look the same.

Karen S. said...

Postcardy- good point....he just struck me as looking much like him...in a funny sort of way! Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your weekend!

Bob Scotney said...

I guessed it was a dinosaur, but couldn't name it.
As closely as I inspected your last photo I culdn't see any any writing on the backside(s) either.
The train sleeper is superb, much better that sleeping on the luggage rack - which I did on troop trains on occasions.

Karen S. said...

Bob S. You are too funny! You made my day with your comment! Thanks! ..and I bet you have some fond memories of those days especially on the troop trains!

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

These are lovely pictures, all of them. The park bench in the last one looks as though it's made of stone. It can't be at all comfortable!

Tattered and Lost said...

The train shot is wonderful. It looks like he's being lovingly held by the chair.

Gattina said...

Sepia photos always look like beginning last century ! I honnestly am mor for color photos.
http://gattina-keyholepictures.blogspot.com/

Pierre BOYER said...

Great !

Pierre
http://pierre-boyer.blogspot.com/

Karen S. said...

Gattina and Pierre, thanks for stopping by happy to see new faces!

Rob From Amersfoort said...

I've visited Berlin last year but missed that Iguanodon statue, I'm glad it still exists (it is a miracle it survived the WWII bombardments).

Christine H. said...

Fabulous collection. I have a photo of my father and his sister at the Berlin zoo, perhaps at about the same time. In the photo of Barchen I love the little girl on tiptoes, presumably in anticipation of an ice cream cone.

Mike Brubaker said...

Great medley on the theme. Naps on the train and in the lawn chair are the best.

TICKLEBEAR said...

what a scary creature, that iguanodon!!

as an insomniac, i feel a bit envious to see folks dozing off just about anywhere...
:D~
HUGZ