January 13, 2013

Sepia Saturday #159: On the Beach: a closer look.

Photobomb of mom on a beach in Nova Scotia circa 1953.
See detailed shot below.





















Glam, bathing beauty
Strikes pose for the camera
Upstaged by denims.

Kat Mortensen©2013Creative Commons Licence





No more Christmas posts. I'm afraid you'll have to wait until next year to find out the rest of my top 10 gifts from Santa. (Collective sigh—of relief?)

Back to basics here: just a picture, and a few words.


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38 comments:

  1. You look like your Mom! What a great picture, Kat.

    Kathy M.

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    1. Most people say I'm the image of my father, but as time goes on, I do tend to look like she did when she was younger.

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  2. Not only denims - but a sombrero, I think. And a lovely satin(?) swimsuit.

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    1. Yes, that's quite the hat, isn't it? I think the swimsuit is satin. Wouldn't that be itchy? Don't think I'd like to wear it.

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  3. Whew! Post no 45. this week and a glamour puss as well.

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    1. A little glamour to lighten the load then, Bob.

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  4. I just adore seeing your photobombs- this guy was something else too, so funny. Now I feel the urge to find another really cool photobomb! Your mother still looks great though Kat- photobomb and all!

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    1. I know, Karen. I'm not sure qualifies as a legitimate photobomb, but it is definitely a distraction. Thanks for visiting!

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  5. Funny how there's always something going on in the background that the photographer doesn't notice! Nice photo of your Mom, I like the way women posed back then, like they really liked their bodies. Now we all run and hide when we see the camera!

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    1. I used to run and hide, but now I don't give a fig about what anyone thinks. I'm happy to strike a pose, but I don't necessarily go looking to be photographed.

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  6. Kathy stole my comment. And for the record, I could never sit directly on sand. ew - scratchy.

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    1. It must have been an impromptu sort of thing since I've never known my mother to go without her comforts.

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  7. My mother had one of those sateen bathing suits too. Her's was mauve. I can remember her always hitching that neck tie arrangement up..I don't think it was very comfortable. Your mother was beautiful and I too love the pose.

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    1. I know, Helen! It doesn't look comfortable to me either, but I guess it was in vogue. There's something to be said for the advent of polyester in a swimsuit. And how about those tight rubber bathing caps. I can still feel the tug of those!

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  8. Saggy denims, which hardly upstage the shiny bathing suit. Great photo.

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    1. Perhaps not upstage (the word went well in the haiku form), but it certainly does draw your eye, does it not?

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  9. Such a great photo - and you could enter it for next week's theme as well.

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    1. Double duty? I might use a teeny weenie version for an intro!

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  10. I have to agree on two counts: no way could the saggy denims upstage your lovely Mother and her beautiful bathing suit. Also, I too noticed the family resemblance.

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    1. See my response to Brett above. Yeah, we look alike is some respects. Certainly, my body type is very like hers in this photo.

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  11. Never realized that Nova Scotia temperatures could be such that it would be fun to go the beach. But looking at the map I realize it is about the same latitude as the French Riviera.

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    1. Peter, in the summertime, the weather hot and the water is a nice coolish temperature. It's lovely salt water too, so quite the experience—barring being stung by bloodsuckers.

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    1. It's a Speedy Gonzales hat, Tony. You need a pair ... of maracas to go with it!

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  13. I bet that was cold in the water! I spent 8 months or so in Cape Breton in 1980, working in one of the hospitals. Somewhere I have some of the photos! Does the sea still freeze over in winter or has global warming taken care of that!

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    1. Hi, and welcome! The Bras d'or Lakes get lovely and warm, but places like Gabarus stay pretty icy even in summer. As for the winter, I know they still have to break the ice for ships to cross to Newfoundland. It can be brutally cold out there in the winter. Just ask any Newfie!

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  14. Ahh those names bring back memories! I lived in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Quite a culture shock from London!

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    1. My mother is from Glace Bay, and my cousin was born and raised in Sydney. I know both of them pretty well. When did you live in Sydney? Did you "do" the Trail?

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    2. 1982/3. Just briefly. I worked at the local psychiatric hospital that they used to call 'the peppermint palace'. I lived up the road in a rented basement and I remember day 1 or 2 of living there walking to work with wet hair and finding it had frozen by the time I arrived. Never did much apart from a few weekends away to Bras d'Or. We did drive round the cabot trail and visited a few remote places for some hiking.

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  15. It seems this weekend's theme has turned into a beauty contest of mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters -- Each one a winner!

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    1. Hasn't it just! Isn't it fabulous? Thanks, Mike.

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  16. I second Mike. And your mother was so lovely - what a great smile!

    Dee at Shakin' the Family Tree

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    1. Thanks, Dee. It's very kind of you to say.

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  17. Although your mother might not have appreciated being upstaged, I think the group in the background makes the photo more interesting.

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  18. Lovely photo Kat. The denim/sombrero lady's shirt reminds me of a US football referee's uniform. Quite the outfit!

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  19. Ah the good old days eh? Crazy beach wear indeed!

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