Friday, 17 June 2011

Sepia Saturday 79: Stormy Seas

To keep on theme this week with Alan's Sepia Saturday posting, I am sharing a couple of vintage postcards of rough seas, although I hope Alan's Atlantic crossing is much smoother than that. The pictures are almost identical, but not quite - perhaps I should start a "spot the difference" competition. Some of the differences are obvious, for example the seagulls towards the top right-hand corner. I am however assuming they are the same picture, but with a degree of Victorian 'airbrushing' applied. There's probably a technical term for this which I'm sure someone out there will know.

On the beach, Blackpool, published by Raphael Tuck, by the artist G.E.Newton, c.1903

On the beach, Blackpool, published by Raphael Tuck


    

Lots more Raphael Tuck vintage postcards on my web site

14 comments:

  1. I like the details of the sepia one more. The colored one seems too dark and flat.

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  2. I've never seen Blackpool looking like that. I like the second picture due the light effects of the sun.

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  3. You know, I can feel the rocking and the rolling and smell the sea breeze and I'm thinking I need another dramamine!

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  4. On the beach...at Blackpool?!! Good grief! That would drench the illuminations!

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  5. Looks a bit of a nightmare - not sure I would chose that card to boast about my holiday to Blackpool.

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  6. Great postcards, fortunately Blackpool beach is usually more tranquil than that. Very interesting how Tucks have reused the image to create a new postcard.

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  7. I like the b & w one best. The color one reminds me of a too sweet Thomas Kincaid painting!
    Nancy
    Ladies of the grove

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  8. I prefer the b&w too, and I can smell the tumult of the stormy waters; great card

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  9. Goodness, that must have been labelled wrongy surely. Neither scene looks very tranquil, but the coloured one seems to make the sky look more dramatic.

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  10. For me, the colour takes the edge off the storm. But two terrific photos, although maybe not the best advert for Blackpool....

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  11. Last year I went to a fascinating exhibit on Victorian/Edwardian artists focusing on the period's fondness for dramatic stories. I was surprised at how immense many paintings were. Could the original be one of those grand seascapes?

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  12. Is it unusual to find postcards like these, almost identical except for a few changes and the color? I love the ocean and being at the shore but I don't want to imagine being on that ship. Where's the dramamine?!

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  13. How interesting! I always like to contrast different versions of the same card. It's true that the first one seem stormier, but the second one seems more atmospheric.

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  14. so dramatic, i like this!!
    and i also hope Alan had nothing but smooth sailing...
    :)~
    HUGZ

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