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Sunday, 10 July 2016

Sepia Saturday 338; 9, July 2016; Mesmerized;


Our theme image this week features a picture of a walking man which is taken from the collection of the Sepia Saturday Flickr Group. The description is as follows:



"A man walks down a street in Dunfermline, Scotland. We know from the written notation of the reverse of the photograph that the date was the 3rd May 1949. This is not a typical "walking snap" ...

no walking man snap but the plate window behind is my theme for Sepia Saturday 338;


In the 1870s,  New Yorks Department stores started to display Christmas cheer.
The elaborate displays  were loved and appreciated  by young  and old, waiting with anticipation for the unveiling of Christmas window displays. Many department stores  have been well-known for their impressive Christmas window spectacles for generations. The availability of large sheets of plate glass in the nineteenth century  led to the concept of using department store windows to attractively display the store's merchandise.







CHILDREN LOOKING THROUGH THE GLASS WINDOW OF MACY’S IN 1907.


1920's  a child's pleasure.


Wigs display in Paris.




A shop window display of underwear, c 1935.
 Photograph showing a display of underwear in a lingerie shop including the 'Body Belt'. 
The notice reads: 'For the Slim - We introduce the new Body Belt with a unique graduated all-way stretch'. 
The manufacturer appears to be J Roussel. (Daily Herald Archive / SSPL via Getty Images) 







Shop in Murano Italy, displaying Murano jewellery. (My daughter Lilli.) 2007


Old  Photos courtesy Pinterest.

11 comments:

  1. Great focus on the history of a background element of the SS prompt shot. That Body Belt sounds comfortable - NOT!

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  2. We are lucky, free of all this torture under garments!

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  3. Great to think of looking into shop windows. I window-shop much more than I purchase shop these days!

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    1. I guess there comes a time when we have what we need!

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  4. The Malls have done away with the outside display windows along roads. In the Mall one just moves on, the windows have not the same attraction anymore.

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  5. I still have fond memories of one Christmas season in the 1950s going to NYC and walking around looking at the incredible window displays. Nothing has matched it since then. These days I go to San Francisco and there are virtually no decorations.

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    1. So much has changed. Yes, the windows were a highlight especially Christmas- or Easter time. Now they start christmas at Easter and Easter at christmas!

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  6. I love window shopping, and it’s even better from my armchair! The picture of the children looking longingly at the toys, is wonderful.

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    1. The pace was a little slower for everything and Christmas time was a time for gift giving to children. We only received gifts for Christmas, perhaps one or two, for Birthdays one and for Easter an Easter-bunny!

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  7. Wonderful shopfront images. We have fancy ones at Christmas but I'm always impressed by the French and Italians who make window dressing an art form.

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    1. I still sort of enjoy the old village shop displays, all for one and one for all, decorations practical and fancy together. As much as possible stuffed into the window, with time getting lost there, dusty and perhaps never sold.

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