The look of the past can offer a glimpse into that era. Such things as where dressing up meant more than wearing a shirt with a collar like today.
So for Mary's excellent Sepia Scenes, I return to the days of Steubenville and of course, a pair of grandparents.
Grandma is on the top photo, and I guess the time is the late 1940s in the steeltown of their residence. The suit is probably of wool, the hat is well coordinated and the animal - well, that was the prime dress-up accessory...
Grandpa is from 1957, I believe, based on a series of photos that places him on a visit to our family in Bayside Queens New York. This may be on the Circle Line or Staten Island Ferry. The overcoat is stylish, the tie is in place and his hat was blocked with a style of substance.
Note how the skyline of lower Manhattan is so different without the modern glass and steel towers we see today.
Time and less optimal storage of the photos have left them faded. The recent scans allow me to at least have the legacy of the persons, time and place preserved digitally.
The sepia adds a soft ambience to the B&W prints. The past shows an elegance of appearance, where doing something special meant dressing nicely. And they did...