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Saturday, 19 August 2017

Men and Machines: Sepia Saturday

Men messing about with machines is  the topic of this week's prompt photograph - so find out more below, with photographs  ranging from mill workers at the turn of the 20th century to 21st century machines of a much bigger kind. 


 Mill workers at the Simpson and Fairbairn Mill at Earlston in the Scottish Borders, c.1900.  The mill closed in 1969 marking two centuries of textile production in the village. 

David Hogg, c.1941, was the last hand loom weaver in Earlston. He began work in the mill as a pattern weaver,  then started hand loom weaving on his own account,  selling his tweeds, scarves and rugs all over Great Britain and exhibiting at many trade fairs. When he died in 1941,  his loom and other artefacts were given to the Scottish College of Textile  in nearby Galashiels.

With acknowledgement to the Auld Earlston Group for these images from its collection. 

Moving Forward in Time: 

 My cousin's father Arthur Smith,  tinkering with his car 

Bigger machines to mess about with here.    
My action-man brother, who in the 1980's part-owned and piloted  a light aircraft.

 Experiencing something much bigger.

Wearing a fetching beanie hat, for his job on an oil rig

 Back down to to earth with a car and a bike.

 My husband at the handle bars of the bike  in the back garden, 
with his older brother, c.1940

Husband has graduated to a motor bike, behind his father, c.1950.
No concern for heatlh and safety then,   in terms of leathers and crash helmets.  

Getting in Practice for a Life  Ahead with Machines 


Sepia Saturday gives bloggers an opportunity to share 
their family history and memories through photographs.

Click HERE to see what other bloggers have spotted in this week's prompt. 


  1. He looks so cute leaning forward to hold on to the handle bars of that gigantic bike.

  2. Such a great selection!

    My dad's father and grandfather worked at the Dalziel steelworks in Motherwell. I wish I had photos like these showing them working. Instead I have one of those group photos where they all sit with their arms crossed staring at the camera. And love the motorcycle shot.

  3. Maybe these generations (ours) will be remembered as the last dangerous childhoods, where no thought was given to protecting heads or limbs as they are now.


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