Monday, March 2, 2015

Country Store

Today's picture shows a country store from 1914. I love how you have both automobiles, and horse and wagons at the store. Also customers can visit with the chickens producing the eggs they are buying.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Feed Store

Another icon of small town America was the Feed Store. The Feed Store typically sold seeds, farm supplies, and animal feeds. The picture above was taken in 1935 in Alabama.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Grocery Store

Welcome to Store Front Week here at OPOD. We will be reminiscing about bygone days when we actually purchased our stuff from small, independent, local businesses that were intimately a part of the community. The picture above shows a meat market and grocery store from 1916. The owner proprieter is pictured with his son, and one of his employees out front.

While this picture was taken in 1916, things were not much different in the 1960's in the area I grew up in. Our little community of 1,900 people had 2 small locally owned grocery stores. In addition, the bus station had a small grocery store. The owners were part of the community, and the businesses operated on the concept of exceptional customer service. Grocery shopping was not something you dreaded.

So, hopefully you all will share your memories of such locally owned shops this week.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Shooting the Breeze

Today's picture is from the front porch of the Nethers, Virginia Post Office. The picture was taken in 1935. It shows some of the locals sitting around and shooting the breeze. The interesting thing to me is that today, people have created such busy lives there is little time to just sit with friends and visit. Perhaps visiting has become a lost art.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Today's picture shows the Waterwheel at the Nethers, Virginia Mill. We saw other pictures of the mill the last few days. The waterwheel was an ingenious device that would use the natural flow of a stream to turn a wheel. The gravity acting on the water makes the wheel go around, providing a virtually free source of power for the mill.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Mill Interior

This picture shows the interior of the Flour Mill at Nethers, Virginia. No doubt the man pictured is the local owner/proprietor, offering freshly ground flour produced from wheat grown in the area. It is interesting that back in the day, you knew where your food came from, and the production and processing of food benefited the local community. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Nethers Mill

Today's picture shows the Mill at Nethers, Virginia. The picture is from 1935. What a beautiful view of simpler days.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Oldest Citizen

Nethers, Virginia Week continues here at OPOD with this picture from 1935. It shows the then oldest citizen of the town. I am guessing he looks to be in his 80's, so he would have been old enough to have lived through the Civil War. What interesting stories he must have had.