|Library of Congress Collection|
For the weekly calls on the Sepia Saturday Blog I am undertaking a tour of the various on-line archives of vintage photographs. They can be a wonderfully rich source of images for bloggers as many of the archives - particularly those taking part in the Flickr Commons initiative - provide images with no known copyright restrictions. Either as illustrations for esoteric ramblings - "The influence of men's head-ware on long-distance swimming in the 1920s" - or merely as things of beauty in themselves, many of these old images can brighten up even the most Thursday-weary post. The image above comes from the splendid Library of Congress Collection entitled "News in the 1910s" and shows the swimmer Eva Morrison. One interesting question is the date of the photograph. The LoC suggest that it was taken between 1910 and 1920, but Morrison wasn't born until 1911 and did most of her swimming in the late 1920s and early 1930s. I show the picture here for no other reason than I came across it as I was trawling through the collection to choose an image to illustrate the Sepia Saturday call. With over 1,500 images available in the on-line collection, it may be some time before I emerge from the other side. But, as I have said before, this is one of the great joys of blogging : after three days you can abandon your cherished New Years' Resolution of organised categorisation and go swimming through the Library of Congress.
Whilst enjoying a brief trip to the surface to breath, allow me to remind you that Sepia Saturday is back in business after its Christmas and New Year Break. If you want to participate, simply post an old image, say something about it, and link to the list on the Sepia Saturday Blog.