Saturday, November 03, 2012

Sepia Saturday: 3 November 2012

This week's photo prompt shows a group of men who've gathered after a sporting match in Dublin in 1921. Some have overcoats, but all of them are wearing hats. (It's the 1920s, after all.) Michael Collins, the Irish revolutionary leader, is the chap in the centre talking to the players.


I don't think there's someone as important as Collins in the photo I've chosen, but I'm happy that I found a pix that features a group of men wearing hats and overcoats. They are gathered on what seems to be a very large woodpile. I can't figure out why they're dressed so well or what brought them together in such a location, but I date this photo in the mid-1920s. By the way, that's my paternal grandfather Fred Belair (1889-1991) in the light overcoat in the bottom centre. In those days, he worked on the railroad in Ontario, Canada and as an ironworker building bridges in Ontario and Quebec. I don't know if either of these occupations is the raison d'être for this manly gathering.


Fred Belair 1920s
Fred Belair, 1920s.

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Copyright 2012, Yvonne Demoskoff.

25 comments:

  1. That is curious. It doesn't really look like debris or construction materials to me.

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    1. Curious indeed, Kathy. I wonder if the logs were cut for use as fuel? I might never find out, though.

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  2. Intriguing. There is nothing I can recognise in the photo to help us identify what this is about. Fine photo though.

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    1. True, Bob, but it's a shame that it's a mystery photo to me.

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  3. It's a lovely photo- and your grandfather a handsome man! The photo reminds me of logging days! Not that these men did any of the logging!

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    1. I thought it might be a logging photo, too, Karen, but as far as I know, my grandfather didn't do that kind of work.

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  4. Nice photo. Maybe they chopped up the wood?

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    1. If they did, Helen, they weren't dressed for it :)

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  5. That is a curious photo. I can see what looks like a brick building to the right of the group on the woodpile. I can't imagine what the occasion could have been for this photo. Interesting photo though.

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    1. I hadn't noticed that brick-looking structure until now, Jana, but it's not clear enough to figure out what it is.

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  6. Except for the men, I don't know what I am looking at. Most of it looks like wooden logs but there are also trapezium shaped objects.

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    1. That's how I feel too, Bob (not knowing for sure what I'm looking at). Could the trapezoid object be a sawhorse?

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  7. Even though we don't know the occasion for the photo, it seems well posed and intentional. My guess is they were at least in business together.

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    1. I think you're probably right, Wendy. The photo certainly posed and intentional. It's hard to tell just what type of business it might be, though.

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  8. It's an interesting picture and location. Some business has been concocted, you probably will never know what's about.

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    1. I sure hope that whatever business was concocted, Rob, it was legitimate :)

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  9. It certainly looks like a business meeting and someone had the bright idea that they should climb aboard the logpile. Does these mean the logs are significant or is just a red herring? Interesting.

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    1. I'd love to know what role, if any, those logs played in this photo, Nell.

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  10. If it was winter, and they were up north, then that would explain the coats. As for the logs, could they have been leftovers from the railway or the bridges?

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    1. Leftover logs is certainly a possibility, Kat. I really appreciate the input everyone is giving me!

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  11. Interesting location choice for the photo. I'm guessing just getting up and steady on a pile of split logs was worth many more photos.

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    1. It would seem, if nothing else, that being photographed on a pile of logs was as much fun for grown-ups and it was for kids :)

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    2. Let's hope there were no mishaps. It's a lot farther down when you're a big person than a little one.

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  12. I have seen so many photographs like this one. Seems like our ancestors liked to stand on piles of things, logs, rocks, etc. and have their photos taken in groups!

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    1. This is my first time at seeing a photo like this one, Teresa. I'm going to contact my aunt (Fred's daughter) to see if she might now more about this pix.

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