Friday, February 5, 2016

Broadway Fire

Today's picture is from 1893. It shows a building on fire on Broadway. The horse drawn fire engines have arrived and the firemen are fighting the fire.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Fire Hydrant

Today's picture shows a fireman operating a Fire Hydrant. The picture was taken in 1908 in New York City. I am surprised that they had fire hydrants at this early date. Not sure when fire hydrants actually began to be installed and used.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


Today's picture shows three firemen with safety equipment and a firehose. It looks like part of the firehose carries a separate line to give the men fresh air. The picture was taken in 1911 in New York.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Today's picture shows a Para-fireman as he lands in a forest to fight a fire. This has to be one of the most dangerous jobs on earth.  I would imagine it would be a challenge to just get to the ground, as it would be easy to land and get hung up in a tree (with a nearby forest fire raging).

Monday, February 1, 2016

Fire Fighters

Welcome to Fire Fighter Week here at OPOD. We will look at men who keep the fires at bay this week, and start with this picture of a US Forrest Service Fire Fighter. He is parachuting into the location of the fire. This is very dangerous work, as winds can shift at any moment and put you in the way of the fire.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Snowed In

We wrap up Blizzard Week today with this picture from 1922 showing some snowed in cars. I think the owners should probably just wait for the sun to come out and not even try to dig these cars out of this mess. Hope those of you who have been getting bad weather are starting to thaw.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Girls in Blizzard

Today's picture shows two young ladies in a blizzard. The picture was taken in January of 1922. It looks like a pretty big storm, but they seem to be not too concerned.

Hope those of you caught in the last weeks winter weather are now digging out and beginning to thaw.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Dumping Snow

Today we have another picture of the snow cleanup from the 1899 New York City Blizzard. You can see after filling wagons with the snow from the street, it was dumped in the river. Must have been an enormous job.