Friday, May 27, 2016

Ice Cream Vendor

Wow, how many of you can remember being able to buy a delicious ice cream treat for a nickle? Those were indeed the good old days. Now, I know some will pipe up and say that people did not make much money back then, so things have not really changed. But I claim that they have changed. In the 1960's a man could work at a gas station, have a house, a car, and support a family of four. Now both husband and wife must work, and even then must have fairly good jobs to be able to maintain a car and a home. As prices and wages have increased, over time the workers have lost out.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Shipyard Worker

Today's picture shows a Shipyard Worker enjoying a nice ice cream. The picture was taken in 1943 at the Bethlehem Shipyard in Baltimore, Maryland. This must have been a very busy time for the area.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Soda Fountain

I wonder how many of you can remember having an ice cream float from a real soda fountain. Just like the ice cream used to be better, the sodas were created right in front of you from carbonated water and a rich syrup made from real cane sugar. No comparison to today's over-sweetened genetically modified high fructose corn syrup. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Making Ice Cream

OK, if you do not know what this bucket with crank is, then you do not know what real ice cream tastes like! Yep, nothing better than fresh ice cream made with cream, raw eggs, real cane sugar, and real fruit picked from the back yard. I even liked the occasional piece of rock salt that ends up in the ice cream.

I found it interesting reading the comments and seeing that others remember how good the old school ice cream was when we were kids.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Ice Cream Truck

With warmer weather arriving, I figure it is time for us to look at our favorite summertime treat . . . ice cream. So, we start with this picture from 1942 of the Good Humor Ice Cream Man. Is it just me, or did ice cream treats taste better back in the day? It is like they really used to be just that . . . iced cream. Now they are made of some sort of milk derived substitute. Back in the day, eskimo pies were made with real cream, and then covered in real chocolate. The ones now just can not compare to the ones I grew up with.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Quarter Circle Corral

Looks like it is horse shoeing time at the Quarter Circle Corral near Birney Montana. The picture was taken in 1941. Looks like this guy actually ties the leg up as he works on changing the shoe.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Blacksmith Shop

This is a picture from around 1900 of a horse getting shoed in a blacksmith shop. I suspect that probably the horse would be shoed outside, and maybe he was moved in just for the picture. Horses are pretty skittish as it is, and I would not think you would want to be hammering near them as you mess with their feet. Also, the tail appears to be very close to the forge. In any event, it is an interesting image from the past.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016


I love these old pictures that show men doing real jobs. Have you noticed now days most people have trouble explaining what it is that they really do? The picture above is from around 1900, and the men are shoeing horses.