Saturday, April 6, 2019

Sepia Saturday: Picnic at Tomahawk

Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.

When I saw this week’s Sepia Saturday prompt, I knew it would be easy to answer. Yes, my photo is dark.  It is out of focus, but I cannot resist showcasing it.
Woody and Velma at Tomahawk Aug 1928
Woody Woodring at Tomahawk Pond August 1928
My grandaunt Velma Davis Woodring captioned the photo “Picnic at Tomahawk Aug ’28.” I suspect that this was Tomahawk Pond, located in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests in Shenandoah County, Virginia.

I recognize Velma’s husband Woody as the main subject, but everyone else is unknown. That might be Velma in the background, second from the left. It looks like her hair.

Despite the poor quality of the photo, I can’t help studying it. It amuses me. Can you see why?

What is with this picture? I expect a young boy to be smaller than Woody, but this kid looks like a puppet. The perspective is off. Were two photos superimposed by mistake?

Row your boat over to Sepia Saturday to see what my friends made of this week’s prompt. Try to stay focused.

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  1. I think you're right...which does make the photo enjoyable to peruse.

  2. It does look a little strange, but I doubt it's a double exposure or the boy was somehow super imposed. The pond in the background is evenly straight across the entire photo, and all the angles of shadow and sun seem to be the same. The boy appears to be getting out of a chair. Perhaps he was farther away from Woody than one might expect?

  3. I think that could be the case. I'm sure it happened more often than not back then.


  4. I think NG has it right, the right tree trunk is bent over the water and the boy is nestled in the vee. I think those wool suits must ave stayed wet for a lot longer than we'd tolerate today.

  5. However you view this photo, it is a great picture. You could peruse the gang at the right for quite awhile. It must have been a wonderful day.

  6. Yes, this does appear to be a double exposure. But the bathing suit is a perfect match for the prompt. Can't imagine swimming in such a substantial suit -- but it was probably warm in cool water.

  7. An intriguing photograph that could inpire a story.