Sepia Saturday

Some nostalgic images of motherhood.

No Fixed Plans

Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

I usually follow the visual Sepia Saturday prompt but this weekend, I’ve decided to go with a Mother’s Day theme. Hats of to these wonderful women.

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Bedtime story, circa 1897

(ca. 1897)”And then the fairies went to bed”. , ca. 1897. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

Asbury, NJ

Underwood & Underwood. (1901) Little Mothers’ Day – doll parade at Asbury Park, N.J. New Jersey Asbury Park, 1901. [New York ; London ; Toronto-Canada ; Ottawa-Kansas: Underwood & Underwood, Publishers] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

“Mother-in-law adjusting family difficulties”

I wish I knew what the family difficulties were and how the mother-in-law was adjusting them.

(1889) Mother-in-law adjusting family difficulties / Melander, photographer, 208 E. Ohio St., Chicago. , 1889. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

France, 1898

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Tempest (1982)


I got the this movie by accident. When I read Shakespeare’s The Tempest for my book club, I wanted to watch it performed. I got this film which is a …

Tempest (1982)

The Warden



At first I didn’t think I’d ever get into The Warden’s story. Whether a clergyman in Victorian England kept his £800 stipend or not seemed …

The Warden

Book Review and Giveaway for A Most Clever Girl by Jasmine A. Stirling


In light of Women’s History Month, I’m pleased to share my review of a beautiful new book by Jasmine A. Stirling that is sure to delight the hearts …

Book Review and Giveaway for A Most Clever Girl by Jasmine A. Stirling

The Best Things Happen when You’re Dancing



What a fun movie!

From White Christmas White Christmas is a tradition for me at Christmas. Here’s one memorable number.

The Best Things Happen when You’re Dancing

Man of the World (1931)


Ruined for Life: Phoenix Edition

After a scandal, reporter Michael Trevor (William Powell) left America for Paris where he claims to be writing a novel. Ha! His income actually comes from blackmailing like Mary Kendell’s (Carole Lombard’s) rich Uncle Harry. Though it’s not his custom to prey upon women, Michael’s partner in crime and former lover Irene convinces him to black mail sweet Mary. She’s sure he’ll make so much he’ll be able to afford to have the time to write a novel.

Soon Michael falls for Mary’s charms, but Irene is expecting a windfall. How can he put an end to this con? He’d like to propose to Mary but how can he without revealing what he’s really been up to? Mary’s dilemma is that she’s already engaged. Her feelings grow for Michael and she vacillates between writing her fiancé a Dear John letter or not.

Man of the World, like the other Carole…

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Hands Across the Table


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In Hands Across the Table Carole Lombard plays manicurist Regi who’s sworn off love and plans to marry for money. A wealthy customer, Allen Macklyn, who’s confined to a wheelchair, gets Regi to open up. He soon falls for her; he sees the light and strength under the rough exterior. They soon become friends, though Allen hopes for more.

Into Regi’s life hops scion Theodore Drew III who’s playing hopscotch in the hotel where Regi works. Theodore’s smitten when he meets her, but Regi thinks he’s a nincompoop.  She saw him playing hopscotch by himself in the hotel hallway. Theodore goes to the barbershop for a manicure so that he can ask Regi out to dinner. She’s uninterested until she realizes he’s wealthy. Then she becomes so nervous that she cuts or jabs each of his fingers. They do go out and Theodore wines and dines Regi, who’s soon charmed. It isn’t till the wee hours when Theodore’s taking her home that he mentions that he’s getting married. She’s stunned and heartbroken. 

Nonetheless Theodore doesn’t see why Regi’s upset. Can’t things continue in spite of the wedding? After all he’s only marrying for money. It turns out his family’s lost its fortune and as Theodore has no ability to work and earn it, he must marry. Circumstances, flimsy ones, keep Theodore with Regi, who continues to fall for this cad. Meanwhile, Allen decides to propose to Regi. This sterling fellow would surely make Regi a wonderful husband if she can accept his disability.

Hands Across the Table was full of surprises. It was bold to show Theodore as a scoundrel from the start. Lombard was witty, beautiful and down-to-earth. Few actresses today can be both elegant and “of the people” as she was. Fred McMurray played Theodore, who was convincing as the fun guy with the mind of a child, a real Peter Pan. His character had one fact so I don’t fault him for not adding sophistication to this playboy.

While I hoped for a different ending, the film was fun and plot fairly original. It’s a good choice when you’re looking for light entertainment.