Sunday, March 29, 2015

Donald MacMillan

Today's picture was taken in 1922 and shows arctic explorer Donald MacMillan. He is not one of the ones claiming to be the first to reach the poles, but he was one of the most prolific as far as genuinely exploring the arctic region, and produced many essential maps and documentation of the area. Interestingly, he lived all the way to 1970.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Frederick Cook

Welcome to Explorer's Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at larger than life figures in the world of exploration, and will be looking at the pioneers. Today we feature a picture of Frederick Cook taken in 1911 in the arctic. The issue of who in fact was the first to reach the north pole remains a controversial topic to this day. Many now doubt the claims made by Cook to have reached the pole. I will not try to unravel the tangled mess of which explorer actually reached the pole, but will instead admire the courage of these men to undertake the expeditions they did. 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Roosevelt Speaking

This is a picture of Roosevelt giving a speech in 1912. He was a wonderful orator and spoke with great passion. Truly a larger than life character.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

President Roosevelt

Today we feature a picture of Roosevelt looking presidential. The picture was taken during the last part of his presidency.  I like the globe in the picture, reflecting the fact he was a world traveler and explorer.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Roosevelt in Knickers

It is not just every man that has the self confidence to wear Knickers. I would say Roosevelt was one man who could pull it off. The big axe certainly helps the overall outfit. The picture was taken in 1898.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Teddy Roosevelt in Earlier Days

This is  a picture of Teddy Roosevelt in days before he was famous as a military man or president. He is posed here as a hunter. He really was an adventurous sort. The picture was taken in 1885.

Monday, March 23, 2015


Today we have another picture of Teddy Roosevelt during his Military Years. The picture was taken in 1898. Also, we have another quote from him:

Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Teddy Roosevelt

This is another military portrait of Teddy Roosevelt from back in his Rough Rider days. Also, another of my favorite quotes from Teddy Roosevelt:

In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.