Sepia Saturday 258: Scenes cropped from the background of other photographs



While I’m really late (almost a week) getting this post together, here it is, finally.  Better late than never, right?  The theme this week wasn’t an easy one for me to fill – I have a lot of posed photos of folks looking straight at the camera with few street scenes of everyday life.  The bulk of my family photos come from a large trunk that I’ve talked about before, and the area where they were taken just wasn’t that well developed, so the backgrounds of photos are trees for the most part.  Not too interesting.  Thankfully, Earl Powis, great grandma Olga’s brother, sent home a few photos from when he was in the Navy during World War I (May 1917-August 1919).  These were labelled as having been taken in Yorktown, Virginia, presumably at the Navy Base that’s still in existence.  The buildings, however, I doubt still exist, so it’s hard to place where on the base this may have been taken.  It’s really neat to see all the sailors standing around, smoking, and in the crop at the top, one of them seems to be catching a cough or wiping his face with his hand.  I can’t identify Earl as having been in the photo, so I have to imagine he was the one taking it instead.  Keeping this short and sweet to catch up and get on with finding an image for this Saturday’s prompt!


Goodebox – October Bonus Box


A review of a box from October in December?  Well, turns out, some sort of glitch allowed for my order to be processed, but no shipping label was printed and I didn’t realize I was missing this one (between being busy with work and holidays) until two weeks ago!  Goodebox support was spectacular and while they weren’t sure what happened either, but they were quick to remedy the problem and get a box in the mail on their next shipping cycle.  I’m really happy with what arrived and because this is a bonus box with a crazy assortment of products, I’ll just list them all and not post values or reviews or anything.  The box is CLEARLY well worth the $31 price tag!  There are a couple of dupes from previous boxes, but I’m thrilled about the Juice Beauty Reflecting gloss, S.W. Organics Lip Balm, People Towels, and Province Apothecary Exfoliator the most.  I’ll definitely give all the products a try and am happy this finally made it to my doorstep.

  • Barre 3 Challenge
  • Narcissist Foundation Stick
  • Pangea Organics Eye Cream
  • Indie Lee CoQ-10 Toner
  • Indie Lee Rosehip Cleanser
  • Lotus Wei Infinite Love Mist
  • Seventh Generation Hydrating Boost
  • The All Natural Face Vegan Cream Blush in “Really Red”
  • Shea Radiance Ultra Rich Shea Butter Cream in “Baobab”
  • Primal Pit Paste in “Unscented”
  • Province Apothecary Regenerating & Stimulating Exfoliator
  • People Towels Blue Towel
  • LA Fresh Nail Polish Remover in “Fresh Tuscan Orange”
  • Jacobsen Salt Co. Salt Tin
  • S.W. Basics Vegan Peppermint Lip Balm
  • Detox Rx Cell-U-Firm Body Gel (x2)
  • Waxelene
  • CV Skin Labs Body Repair Lotion
  • Zoe Organics Refresh Oil
  • Tallulah Jane “Aiyana” Eau de Parfum
  • Mun Brightening Youth Serum
  • Lotus Moon Vitamin B Hydrating Gel
  • Vapour Mesmerize Eye Color in “Flash”
  • The All Natural Face Diva Stix White Highlighter
  • Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream
  • Juice Beauty Reflecting Gloss in “Pink”
  • Pomega 5 Green Tea Bar
  • Lash Food Eyelash Conditioner
  • Jadience Exfoliating Scrub

Petit Vour Holiday Limited Edition – December 2014


I usually don’t splurge for limited edition boxes, but this one was just too good to pass up!  I’d been wanting to try the Gressa Lip Boost for a while, and false lashes with simple, vegan ingredients?  I’m sold!  Of course, I couldn’t resist giving the box photo a little holiday treatment.

  • Aster & Bay Dandelion Face Grains – 4 oz / $30 – (Sample size is 1 oz, value of $7.50) Doesn’t have much of a scent other than a light earthy, woodsy sort of smell.  Works up to a nice, gentle exfoliating scrub and rinses away clean.  I enjoy a good face scrub, so this is a great sample for me especially during a stressful time of year.  Stress always shows up on my face (breakouts, puffiness, etc), so a product that says it helps soothe inflamed skin is just what I need.
  • Georgie Beauty Style No. 8 Faux Lashes & Clear Adhesive – $18 and $8 – (Sample is full size, total value $26)  Can’t wait to have an excuse to wear these!  This was the biggest selling point of the box for me because I’ve never used fake eyelashes mostly because I’m worried about the adhesive causing my eyes to go red and puffy.  I tend to have really sensitive eyes, so an adhesive with 5 ingredients and no sulfates or formaldehyde is a big win in my book.
  • Gressa Lip Boost – 5 mL / $26 – (Full size, value of $26) I keep seeing Petit Vour tweet about these and I’ve been itching to try one before buying a full size.  The color, “Aux Rouge,” is probably not a color I’d have picked out for myself since it’s a deep red and I tend to shy away from red-reds, sticking with lighter berry colors.  However, once I put this on, I saw that this is TOTALLY the red for me.  I love that I can layer up the color for a bold red or keep it lighter and go over it with a gloss for a bit of shine.  Really in love with this and it seems like that little pot will last a long, long time.
  • Jing Ai Sierra Glow Duo & Brush – $28 / .53 oz, $22 – (Sample is full size, value of $50) My cheeks are usually pretty rosy so I tend not to need blush unless I’m doing a full-face of makeup from foundation on up (which is rare).  It’s still great to have a good blush on hand when I’m feeling pale to brighten up my cheeks, and the brush is a great thing to have too.  There’s even a little paper disc covering the blush that contains wildflower seeds with a little message to plant the paper for someone you love.  Cute!
  • One Love Organics Vitamin C Body Oil – 4 oz / $58 – (Sample size is approx .4 oz, value of $5.80) This smells AMAZING.  The papaya definitely comes out as the main scent, and the oil sinks in to my skin so quickly and feels great, not greasy at all.  I’m thinking this is great for dry winter legs, post shower/shave.
  • R.L. Linden & Co. Thousand Petal Beautifying Mist – 100 mL / $48 – (Sample size is 15 mL, value of $7.20)  I’m thinking this is going to be awesome for sun-toasted skin in the summer and wind-dried skin in the winter.  It smells like a field of wildflowers and is incredibly hydrating.

The box cost $45 and contains a value of somewhere around $132 as calculated by volume, but the blush and brush alone are worth more than the cost of the box!  Really a great deal and a bunch of neat products I’m psyched to be able to try for the first time.

Edit, 16 December 2014 – The Gressa Lip Boost is full size!  I originally posted that it wasn’t since the label on the container said 5 mL and the Gressa website said 7 mL for volume.  Petit Vour has assured me the product received is indeed full size, so that’s an awesome value.  I can’t get over how great the Gressa Lip Boost is and how much I love that color!

Film Rescue International

Earlier this year, I sent in a roll of film we found in an old Kodak Vest Pocket Autographic camera to Film Rescue International for their cycle starting April 1, 2014.  The camera was in my grandfather’s office and was presumably my great grand uncle Herb’s at some point.  Herb probably took it off to war with him and after he passed away, my grandfather kept the camera since he was quite the shutterbug.  As far as turn-around time goes, I had a link to the scans in my inbox on May 16th.  It ended up costing $34 for 5 images which is steep, but I’m not sure I would’ve trusted film that was over 30 years old to just anyone.  Even though Kodak Verichrome Pan is more stable than other films, it could have been anywhere between 30-50 years old, and the possibility of some lackey at a lab not familiar with developing old film screwing up what may have been priceless photos was just too much of a risk to take.  As it turns out, there was nothing really precious on the roll, but it’s great to know for sure, rather than sit around wondering what the heck is on there.  I am VERY happy with the level of communication and the extra care they take to manage expectations.  Expired and old film is a real crapshoot and sometimes you win big, sometimes you lose big.  I opted to download the free scans (at 532×864, 300 dpi), but if I wanted quality copies, I could’ve purchased the full resolution download for $.99 each with a 20% discount if I placed an order in the first two weeks.  The images are available on their website for a full year.  They mailed me the developed negatives in plastic sleeves along with the original spool and backing paper.


The images are below, and that first image is the one I shot out of the front door of grandpa’s old house when I realized there was still live film inside.  Clearly, I’ve got some practicing to do if I want to use the camera again, but it appears to be light leak free which is a plus!  The next three shots are of grandpa’s junkyard in the snow which helps me date them to somewhere in the 1970s probably and the last one is the view from great grandma Olga’s house.  It’s a view that shows up over and over again in photos, so it’s one I’m very familiar with, even if the house no longer exists.

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Sepia Saturday 257: Lassoo, Dad and Son, Porch, Dog, Cowboy


When I saw the prompt image a few weeks ago in the “coming soon” section on Sepia Saturday, I immediately thought of this photo.  It’s been a bit of a thorn in my side as far as finding out who everyone is, but I’ve made some progress since the beginning.  Here’s the rundown of who’s who (or who I think is who) with uncertain identifcations marked with a question mark.

Back, Left to right: Jessie (Battin) Powis, June (Croyle) Johnson?, Euphaime (Lamb) Miller, Marion Miller?, Oscar “Fritz” Powis, Laura (Johnson) Powis
Center, Left to right: Charles Miller and William Miller (twins, not sure who is who)
Front, Left to right: Alfred Powis, Louise Johnson?, Margaret Johnson?, Frank Johnson

As far as a date goes, Laura and Fritz were married in March of 1926, so I’d assume the Johnson family was over to visit on or around the time of their wedding.  Dorothy Powis, their daughter, was born in December of 1926, and there’s no baby in the photo, nor does Laura look pregnant, so I’d have to pretty solidly put this in early to mid 1926.  As far as my guesses go, I assumed June Johnson would be in the photo and she’s identified solely by process of elimination.  I’d found another user’s photo of Euphaime Miller online, and the Miller twins appear over and over in other photos (my great grandma was clearly smitten with them and may have even taken this photo).  I also guessed on Marion Miller since she’s standing near her mother and brothers.  The two gals in the front are likely Laura’s two younger sisters, but it’s hard to tell who is who since they were born a year apart.  The Millers are, as far as I can tell, not related at all, just neighbors.

A lot of the guesswork with the identifications takes into account the date and circumstances for the photo.  Sometimes it’s easy to get frustrated when there are no labels and put a photo aside, but with a little critical thinking (Laura and Fritz were recently married, I know that’s Frank Johnson and the Miller Twins, so…) and a few lucky google/ancestry hits, things can be sorted out eventually.  It definitely pays to revisit unidentified photos from time to time!