Imagine the moment. A young man - sturdy, proud, but perhaps a little wary of the camera - poses with his bicycle. A new century recently dawned : a century in which bicycles are likely to be just the beginning of the technological advancements which will propel young John Grindley and his friends into a new world, the economic and social architecture of which will be quite unlike anything his parents or grandparents could imagine. He may get to ride in motor cars or see foreign countries, he may prosper and leave his native Cumberland behind. But he will always have his friends : friends like Fowler Beanland. He takes a pen and adds a short greeting to the photograph : "To my old friend, from John". The task finished he takes his bicycle and wheels it out towards his rendezvous with the future.
The photograph was in the collection of my Great Uncle Fowler. I know nothing of John other than his name and this old sepia photograph. I don't know what future he had a rendezvous with : maybe it was a long and prosperous life, maybe it ended in the mud-field of Flanders. All we have is this moment in time. And our imagination.
You can imagine many other moments in time by visiting the other people who are taking part in this Sepia Saturday. There are links to all their posts at the Sepia Saturday Blog.