Wayzata, Minnesota

Friday, May 17, 2013

Sepia Saturday - 177 - 18 May 2013

"Truly wonderful the mind of a child is."  - Yoda

Keep your inner child alive for as long as you can.

Alan's theme photo brings playful children turning every which way on a railing.  Strangely enough, rails and children playing on them have  been quite common for years.  The photo below is from the Library of Congress and listed as "A very important picture."  But what makes it so important?

Taken on October 27, 1938 the photographer had been taking pictures of very important people that had been conferring with President Roosevelt all day, and on his way back from the laboratory, he saw these girls and asked the photographer to take their picture.
The White House is in the background and the girls are, Patricia Freeman and Frances Grove. 
I believe the most important thing about Sepia Saturday, is how it continues to teach me.
I stumbled across this interesting blog that you may enjoy as well.
The Great Wen
a London Blog
Peter Watts
I'm pretty sure most of you have seen this familiar photo right?
What time is it?
It's lunchtime.
For years these 11 iron workers have been mostly a mystery.
Discover more about them at this link.
If you really look into Alan's photo you'll notice there's so much more going on beyond the railing and children being silly. 
 Just look through the next few photos and you'll see what I mean.

Father and son, a walk in the park.


“This life is for loving, sharing, learning, smiling, caring, forgiving, laughing, hugging, helping, dancing, wondering, healing, and even more loving." - Steve Maraboli

Take some precious people time this weekend and just smell the roses and play like a child.

If you want to travel back in time for more Sepia Saturday posts go here


sage said...

That iron worker's lunch looks a little precarious... I'd have to choke and have someone slap me on the back and....

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Sharon said...

A lovely collection of photos. I found the photo of the kids playing cards on the wall the most endearing.

I also enjoyed reading about the workers at lunch. Thank you for including the link.

There are similar photos of workers on the Sydney Harbour Bridge when it was being constructed.

The Purple Assassin. said...

You capture the moments like right there from the dreams.
Beautiful pictures.

darlin said...

I think I'll take your advice Karen, mind you I think I live this way most of the time! lol

How about I stay off of the high steel beams though? That looks a bit too risky for my liking. They don't even look like they have harnesses on and back then there was no such thing as photoshop... yikes!

Awesome photos! And wishing you a wonderful, playful weekend as well!

Hazel Ceej said...

At first I thought it's a camera trick (lunch - skyscraper photo). Thanks for the link, now I know.

Brett Payne said...

I guess we all have very vivid memories of the palygrounds of our youth.

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Bob Scotney said...

I got sidetracked by your links especially the one on railings, I know several places where you can still see where they were cut off during the war.
Great set of photos, Karen.

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

I am not really afraid of heights, but that picture of the steel workers sitting there like that while eating their lunch makes me queasy every time I see it.

R. Mac Wheeler said...

Nice pix :O)

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

You found so many! Those guys having lunch; omg, you would never catch me up there.

Great post, Karen.

Kathy M.

B. Rogers, Living in Black Mountain said...

Great post, and I love the quote from Yoda!

Postcardy said...

Just looking at the ironworkers' photo scares me!

Deb Gould said...

Great shots! Love the kids on the wall (makes me think of me and my brother John playing that stupid game of "War" -- remember that?) But I kept linking off your post, finding all kinds of things to read about...thanks for the fun!

Kathy said...

Even after reading through the rest of your post and the comments, I'm still seeing those men at lunch in my mind's eye. Scary!

JJ said...

Sepia Saturday is always my favorite, and I never fail to learn every time I visit!

Kristin said...

I always like that one on the girder. I don't think I could open my eyes or take a bite if I were up there.

Mike Brubaker said...

Thank you for finding the answer to London's missing railings. I've long wondered if it was true that they were used for the war effort. Such railings used to be common when horses and wagons were the dangers on streets. The Earl's Court area where I lived in London still had ironwork and they were an important part of the city's character.

Titania said...

We can learn so much from being a child again from time to time! I love the picture with perhaps brother and sister sitting astride on the wall.


I remember going to the park and sit on those swings until well after sundown with my friends; until my mom and my friends' mother showed up, scared out of their minds as the park was populated by hippies, who, must I say, were stoned out of their mind and cared not a bit about us...
This was the '60s!!!

Alan Burnett said...

I agree, Sepia Saturday does teach us all things. And it also entertains us wonderfully : just like this great collection of images.

Wendy said...

Every time I see pictures of men building skyscrapers my stomach does flips. I guess that makes ME perfect for this week's photo prompt LOL.

Little Nell said...

That's a good point about what's going on in the background! A great set of pictures and a really interesting link to a blogpost about railings.