Sepia Saturday

The Grand Steeple Chase of Paris. 1914 Lord Loris winning the race – University of Caen Photostream on Flickr Commons (Sepia Saturday 567)

Every week Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers with a visual prompt and this week the prompt above has an equine theme. Since the Kentucky Derby is next week, I’ve looked for images of the “Running of the Roses.”

A bookie, unsung hero

Wolcott, M. P., photographer. (1941) Bookie figuring out bets for Kentucky derby. Warrenton, Virginia. United States Warrenton Warrenton. Virginia Fauquier County, 1941. May. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

Bookies have a tough job figuring out the odds and how much each winner’s owed. Now they can use spreadsheets or apps, but not in 1941.

The first winner 1890

Kinney Tobacco Company, S. (1890) Montrose, winner of the Kentucky Derby . Rider – Isaac Lewis Kinney Bro’s. High Class Cigarettes. , 1890. [United States: Publisher not identified] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

Churchill Downs

Caufield & Shook, Copyright Claimant. Derby, Churchill Downs, Louisville, Ky. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.

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5 Responses to Sepia Saturday

  1. kathyfumc says:

    I had never thought of a bookie as an unsung hero, but I guess they were! Great photos for the theme.


  2. La Nightingail says:

    I would say a bookie would have to be rather sharp at math! Whew. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Mollys Canopy says:

    My favorite here is the one of Montrose. What a gorgeous horse, and so beautifully rendered. A shame it was used to sell tobacco!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. lulubelleliz says:

    Too easy these days with computers and other technological aids. Still I guess experience and knowledge still play a large part.

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