I had way too many ideas for this week's Sepia Saturday,
where the prompt picture invites us to talk about books,
very old books.
So I had too many ideas and so very little time,
so I decided to take my second idea,
libraries as keepers of the written word,
but sticking to some place closer,
so close it was literally staring me [and you too!!] in the face
every time I looked at my blog...
Let me explain!!
You all recognize this,
as it's been the header of my blog for quite some time now.
I took the original picture a few years back,
in the French Quarters (Quartier Latin).
Being an Aries,
I was naturally drawn to this ram that is at the base of a lamp post.
It commands your attention as you walk by the building,
being at the top of a staircase,
a lamp post flanking it on each side.
Here's a detail taken just above a window,
a prime example of the Beaux-Arts style in the heydays of Montreal
when architecture was a true art form.
What is this building,
you may ask?...
La Bibliotheque St Sulpice!!
Inaugurated in 1915,
this was apparently the first French language library in the nation.
It closed in the 1960s
and its collection was moved to the Bibliotheque et Archives Nationales du Quebec,
(which was my original plan for today...),
and the building was frequently vacant,
with only a few fleeting moments of activities throughout the years.
The books are safe,
but what destiny lies behind those walls,
no one knows...
If you look closely at the picture above,
you'll see the staircase leading to the main entrance,
flanked by those lamp posts I previously mentioned.
Now that I've shed some light on that mystery ram,
time for me to guide you back to
to find out more about the written word.
I'll leave you with this,
a vintage ad,
the new keepers of the written words,
among other things.
Looking at this ad,
one can't help but be amazed at how far we've come,
from computers the size of a football field,
to something you can hold in the palm of your hand!!
And to think they thought themselves pretty cool with those.
If only they could see us now!!!