Sunday, 29 August 2010

Sepia vintage postcards of storms

Having just returned from holiday I'm a bit out-of-sync with my various blog updates, but here's my contribution to the current Sepia Saturday blog. The theme is storms (in sepia) and it seems very appropriate here in the UK today where we are experiencing multiple seasons in a single day over a bank holiday weekend. Our attempts at post-holiday washing and car cleaning activities are being punctuated by heavy downpoors and blustery winds, although fortunately I did manage to hoover out the inside of the car ... a combination of sand, croissant crumbs and a few pine needles from last year's Christmas tree make an interesting cocktail in a car's carpet, and one almost impossible to ever get rid of completely.

Rough Seas, Hastings, Sussex - this is probably my favourite of the batch as it's the most dramatic, although I suspect perhaps the photographer's positioning has made this even more so.

Splash Point, Eastbourne, Sussex, c.1904 - slightly less dramatic that the first postcard, but I like the setting with the hotel in the background.

Storm at Blackpool, Lancashire - this one looks pretty ferocious and perhaps reminds us the incredible power nature holds over us.


100's more postcards like these can be found on my vintage postcards web site

8 comments:

  1. absolutely wonderful post! the Hastings postcard reminded me of Jean Guichard's famous lighthouse photograph of "La Jument"!

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  2. Wonderful! They remind me of old movies where a house sits on a cliff with waves breaking below. You always know that sooner or later the heroine is going to be standing on the cliff in peril. There was a silly but fun movie in the '60s called "My Blood Runs Cold." All I can remember about it was the house on the cliff and the crashing waves. It starred Troy Donahuse and Joey Heatherton. Need I say more?

    Really wonderful finds.

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  3. What is technically so good about these is how the wave action was captured so well given the equipment that must have been available at the time. It is not easy to capture wave action even with all the digital bits and pieces we have now, it can't have been easy in the days of plate cameras and slow shutter speeds. Great cards.

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  4. I can feel the chill from the dampness and the strong winds that created that wave. Wonderful photos of a great storm. The first one is my favorite--what strength to lift that water...

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  5. The Hastings one is spectacular and scary. Most of all, it's great to see these three together.

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  6. Quick, where's my sou'wester? LOL :)

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  7. "Rough sea," eh? That captionist was a master of the understatement!

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  8. What an incredible photo--the storm surge here is spectacular! WOW!

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