Saturday, 14 May 2016

Sepia Saturday 330; 14. May 2016 A famous golfball;

Our theme image this week shows a type-setter at work;  I have chosen the type writer for this week's Sepia Saturday.

Instead of the "basket" of individual typebars that swung up to strike the ribbon and page in a traditional typewriter, the Selectric had a type element (frequently called a "typeball", or more informally, a "golf ball") that rotated and pivoted to the correct position before striking. The type element could be easily changed so as to print different fonts in the same document, resurrecting a capability that had been pioneered by the Blickensderfer typewriter 60 years before. The Selectric also replaced the traditional typewriter's moving carriage with a paper roller ("platen") that stayed in position while the typeball and ribbon mechanism moved from side to side.

Selectrics and their descendants eventually captured 75 percent of the United States market for electric typewriters used in business.
The Selectric typewriter was introduced on 23 July 1961. Its industrial design is credited to influential American designer Eliot Noyes. 
The Selectric remained unchanged until 1971 when the Selectric II was introduced. From then on practically every year a new, improved one was introduced. Business was booming. 

I remember proud secretaries wearing a “type ball/golfball necklace in gold or silver.

There were also competitions, between  best secretaries, The winner received a golfball necklace.

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Sepia Saturday 330 : 14 May 2016

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Tuesday, 10 May 2016


May, cool nights are calling for blankets and quilts. The crochet blanket is old, soft  from washing. It tells stories of hands, holding  a crochet hook, one stitch after the other, thoughts caught for ever in the fibers,  mingling  and swirling, happy and sad, irretrievable. It is great to snuggle when the cold winds are calling, rattling the shadows of the past.

Billy has his own snuggle blanket. He is just like people, he  loves his comforts.

A blanket in progress from all sorts of yarns. Randomly added colours and patterns. I don't know how long it will take to finish it.  I think there are about 350 stitches, one row after the other...when I feel like it!

©Photos Ts Titania Everyday

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Sepia Saturday 329; 07/05/2016 A Shepherd;

 Altay Mountains in Mongolia, Kazakh nomads photo  Tariq Sawyer, National Geographic.
"This photo was taken on the first morning I spent with the nomads. Waking up to experience a harsh spring blizzard, I respected the family’s resilience to the subzero temperatures and freezing winds as they continued their daily routine.
I imagine, it might have looked like this when the shepherders and their flocks from Italy came over the mountains to Switzerland.

From the 13th century until 1897 Bergamasco shepherders from Italy brought regularly every year sheep  across the Bernina Pass and the Bregaglia Valley to the summer pastures of the Engadine in Switzerland.
Around 1870 around 25000 to 40000 sheep were brought over summer to these very sought after pastures.
The Bergamasco sheep was a large, powerful animal and was the only dairy sheep.
The milk of the sheep together with goats milk and cow milk was made into 2 pound cheeses. The shepherders lived in alpine huts where they also made the cheese.  The shepherd’s food was  very simple, Polenta cooked in water with added cheese,  If a sheep had to be slaughtered, because of an accident, they  dried the meat, as it is still done today in the Saas-valley. The meat would be sold  later in Italy. 
Meat and wool were coarse-grained;
The wool was processed in Italy to coarse cloths and carpets. In autumn  the herd returned to Italy mainly to Lombardy.

In the second half of the 19th century, the people started to  rebel against bringing the sheep to their pastures, because of introducing epidemics and diseases. Also a lot of damage to the forest and pastures occurred.
The federal health measures  and regulation of l.Juli
1886 put a stop to the Bergamasker shepherding , from then on the flocks became less frequent.
 At the end of the century they disappeared completely. 
Apart from the herds from Italy, 
also German migrant flocks, mainly of Württemberg,  were brought  over summer to the Central Plateau and the Jura in a permanent migration, as no land was leased and payed for. The herds were moved on to Paris and arrived there every year regularly during the Easter week. 

An article about a shepherder, Luigi Cominelli. You might have to translate this interview, with Google.

Please visit other shepherders, sheep, dogs and may be old fences!

Sepia Saturday 329 : 7 May 2016