Monday, 2 May 2016

Sepia Saturday 328; 30.April 2016/ war and fashion;

"The Great War. Refugees from Antwerp, Belgium, bringing a painting into safety. Belgium, 1914;

I have taken  liberty to the second World War and its  war time  fashion. It seems frivolous to talk about fashion in times of hardship, yet, fashion provided the spirit to fight and stay on top of  all adversity, it meant all was not lost, even when times were hard,

Women walk down a London street during the Second World War in 1941.
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Garments were rationed in Europe at the time of the second world war. Clothing coupons had to be carefully spend for garments which were practical and usable for all seasons.
The war disrupted fashion in many ways, resources and  materials  for civilian clothing was very limited. Purchase tax and rationing was introduced, but  women were resourceful and created their own fashion.

Handbag with a gas mask compartment.
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Wartime 'onesies' for the air raid shelter

A woman's all-in-one garment, nicknamed the 'siren suit'.
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The 'siren suit' was an all-in-one garment which could be pulled on quickly over night clothes if the wearer had to escape to an outdoor air raid shelter.  A  practical drop down panel is attached to the rear so the wearer could visit the lavatory without removing the whole garment. Siren suits were a popular wartime trend.

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Thursday, 28 April 2016

Friday, 22 April 2016

Sepia Saturday 327 23/04/2016 Aladdin;

One Thousand and One Nights; alf layla wa-layla  a collection of Middle Eastern stories and folk tales. The stories were compiled in Arabic during the Islamic Golden Age. In English the book is known as the Arabian Nights from the first English language edition from 1706. Translations miss out especially when translated from a language as poetic as Arabic.

The work was collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, and South Asia and North Africa. The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Mesopotamian, Indian, and Egyptian folklore and literature. In particular, many tales were originally folk stories from the Caliphate era, while others, especially the frame story, are most probably drawn from the Pahlavi Persian work Hazar Afsan, A Thousand Tales) which in turn relied partly on Indian elements. As it is always with stories they are like chinese whispers, added to,  taken away, embellished, also the overall story stays in place.
Some editions contain only a few hundred nights, while others include 1,001 or more. Prose is mainly used in the texts. Some verse is used for songs and riddles or to express great emotion. 

A Street in Allepo: old houses with harems

Egypt Old Postcard Cairo, Caffe Native Coffihous, Arabian Arab Cafe Coffee House

An Ottoman coffeehouse in Tophane, Mıgırdiç Civanyan, late 19th century.

Where story telling must have flourished.

None of the other tales have been as widely commercialized as Aladdin.

Batik Harem Pants from Indonesia

Aladdin's Lamps at a market in Morocco

Silver necklace with the magic lamp.

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Sepia Saturday 327 : 23 April 2016

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Thursday, 21 April 2016

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Sepia Saturday 326 16/04/2016 Polyphotos;

I don't think they are exactly polyphotos, perhaps look alike polyphotos.

I don't think Anne Frank needs an introduction. Her diary, a book one never forgets.

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Sepia Saturday 326 : 16 April 2016

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Thursday...a day to liberate the ghosts;

Ghosts are gentle creatures, they exist, if you let them. They are like a spider web poked with a stick, poked with your memories, they fall apart into soft threads, clinging, sticking, gently tucking might get them loose and float away.  Their atoms melt into the dark until they are revived by a familiar scent, a glimpse, a word, a sound…

"Ghostly" Gums"  Photo  24/05/2012  7:14 AM

Corymbia dallachiana commonly known as Ghost Gum or Dallachy's gum, is an evergreen tree that is native to Eastern Australia. It grows up to 20 meters in height and has white to cream and pink-tinged bark, often with brown scales. Bark sheds seasonally in thin scales. White flowers appear from late summer through midwinter. Fruit are woody brown, goblet shaped, capsules.

Ghost Gums occur from humid coastal regions to arid inland. The tree is indicative of infertile and shallow soils.

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Sunday, 10 April 2016

Sepia Saturday 9 April 2016; Ferries;

Ferries belong and are a tradition of the city of Basel.
4 Ferries are still operating“Wilde Maa”,  “Leu”, “Vogel Gryff” and “Ueli”, (All named from the history of Basel.) with which you can cross the Rhine without motorised assistance, using only the natural power of the river's current.The Rhine ferries are not just a special experience for tourists, but also a convenient mode of transport for locals and commuters. 
Basel has some major bridges over the Rhine connecting Gross Basel with Klein Basel. 
The history of the Basel ferries dates back to the 19th century. The first ferry operated between Harzgraben and Waisenhaus from 1854 until the opening of the Wettstein Bridge in 1877. A few ferries still perform their duty as «flying bridges» as they were described in an initial project dating from 1848. 
The ferry is a close relative of the traditional "Weidling" or pontoon boat, in as much as they both rely on the force of the river for their motion, a relatively old form of transport.

The ferries still look the same as in the olden days.Perhaps some of the materials to build the ferries might be different today.

The History of the Ferries
Up until the middle of the 19th century there was only one
way to get from Grossbasel to Kleinbasel and vice versa—
the Mittlere Brücke that had been built in 1225. To remedy
this limitation and at least improve pedestrian traffic
across the river, one of Basel’s council men, Johann Jacob im
Hof-Forcat, asked the government of the canton Basel Stadt in
1854 to approve the installation of a ferry where you find the
Wettsteinbrücke today. The council man, who was also president
of the Basler Künstlergesellschaft (Basel’s Artists’ Society),
suggested that the proceeds should be used to fund a building
to house meetings and exhibitions organized by the society.
The proposal was approved, and in the same year the first ferry,
called “Rheinmücke” (Rhine mosquito), started its service. It
remained in service until 1877, when the Wettsteinbrücke was
built in its stead; however, in the same year a new ferry was
installed just a bit further down the river—today’s MünsterFähre.
And before the “Rheinmücke” ceased operations, it did
achieve the goal of its planners to raise funds for a building for
the Artists’ Society. Over the second half of the 19th century,
three additional ferries joined the original one.

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Sepia Saturday 325 : 9 April 2016

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