Saturday, January 31, 2009

Mystery Person - The Bonus Edition

OK, the game was over too quickly a few minutes ago. Jeff and Sheila were too fast, and I did not get enough enjoyment out of the game. So, this week only, you get a bonus edition of the game. Above, we have mystery person number two. No clues, no help, just you and your wits.

Mystery Person

I am always amazed at how you all figure out the mystery person. This week is going to be a hard one. You know the rules. OK, I guess there are no rules. First person to correctly identify the person pictured above wins.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Cleburne, Texas

This photograph was taken in the latter part of the 1800's, and shows the market square in Cleburne, Texas. I am not sure what event brought the crowd to town. I can say that it looks like parking lots have become much more organized these days than back in the day of this picture.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

San Antonio Plaza

This picture was taken in 1887 on the Plaza in San Antonio. It looks like a Farmer's Market is in progress. I am not sure what the building is in the background, but it looks to be under construction.

I always liked San Antonio. So many cities these days all look the same. San Antonio still maintains a very unique feel and culture. I try to visit San Antonio a couple of times a year on a day trip.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Whipping Post

This is a most unusual photograph, taken in 1905. The picture shows three men on a whipping post in a prison in Delaware. One man appears to be tied to the post, receiving a lashing, and two more are on a platform with their head and hands in stocks. I was unable to find any other details on the picture.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Children Playing

This picture shows a group of little black girls playing. It was taken in 1938 in Lafayette, Louisiana. This picture reminds me how much fun it was to play as a child. You could not wait for recess, and could not wait for school to be out, so you could play. Somehow, things were never quiet as much fun as an adult.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Wounded Soldiers

This picture was taken in 1864, and shows soldiers wounded in the Battle of the Wilderness. It is interesting to see how far battlefield medicine has come in the last 140 years. These men did not even have the comfort of a tent, but had only the shelter of a tree.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Milking a Cow

This picture was taken in 1902, and shows a little girl milking a cow. An old man is standing nearby. I can honestly say that I have never milked a cow. I grew up in the country, but most people did not have milk cows around where I lived. I wonder if anyone who follows this blog has ever milked a cow? I wonder if some still do?

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Mystery Men

Today is Saturday, so that means I get to stay home, and we get to have our little Saturday morning contest. Yes, it is Mystery person today. Today, there are three people in the picture, and you have to name all three people correctly. I will not tell you one at a time whether you have a specific person. You have to guess all three correctly at the same time. I will only tell you whether you have all three correct or not.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Nashville, Tennessee

This picture was taken in 1864, during the Civil War. It shows a fortified bridge of over the Cumberland river near Nashville, Tennessee. I have always found Tennessee the most difficult state to spell correctly. It took me a while to get the nerve to post this picture, as I knew it would require me to spell Tennessee correctly. Anyway, this is a great picture, and I hope you enjoy it.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Indian Man

This picture was taken by Edward Curtis in 1927. The Indian's name was "Two Guns". Curtis traveled the country in the late 1800's and early 1900's documenting Native Americans through his photography. His pictures have become treasures giving us a glimpse into traditional Native American life.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


This picture was taken in 1908 and shows a group of cowboys in camp, with their horses. This is a great image, and shows a dying way of life.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration Day

This picture shows Inauguration Day, 1909 . . . 100 years ago. The president pictured is William Howard Taft. It was a cold and snowy day, and Taft rode in an open, horse-drawn carriage. I am not sure who the first president was to ride in a car in the inauguration, but it must have been not long after Taft.

Monday, January 19, 2009

San Francisco

This picture of San Francisco was taken in 1912. It shows the Crocker Building on the corner of Post and Market Streets. I like the view of the street cars.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Wall Street Bombing

There was a lot of interest in the photograph on Friday of the anarchist meeting in New York City. So, I thought you might also like this one. The picture was taken on September 16, 1920 on Wall Street, and shows the aftermath of a bomb which was set off by anarchists. A victim of the blast can be seen being covered on the sidewalk. Most people do not know about this incident. The blast killed 38 people, and over 400 were injured. The bomb was transported in place by a horse-drawn wagon, and was detonated by a timer.

I have never understood the anarchist movement. So, they want to bring down the government, burn, loot, and pillage. Then what? So lets say on day one they burn the grocery stores and malls. On day two, they bring down the government. Then, what is the plan for day three? Who will pay the police, teachers, and garbage collectors? If these people are not paid, who will maintain order? If there is no order, who will reopen the grocery stores? If the grocery stores do not reopen, how will the anarchist feed themselves? Am I just missing something?

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Mystery Individual

Today is Saturday, so I can not tell you who is in the picture, you have to guess. That's right, its Mystery Person day. This one is pretty hard, but not impossible. I can not give any clues today. Have Fun!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Union Square Crowd

This picture was taken in 1914 in Union Square in New York City. Pictured is a crowd listening to an anarchist speaker, Alexander Berkman. I find the hats interesting.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

U Boat

This picture was taken around 1916, and shows a World War I era U-boat, and sailor. German U-boats were the terror of the seas, and were partly responsible for drawing the United States into the war.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Poor Black Children

This picture was taken in 1936 and shows poor black children in Mississippi in the midst of the Great Depression. Sometimes I wonder if these people had is worse, or people today living in inner city slums. The children were probably born around 1930, so they well could still be alive today. You really wish you could hear their story, and know how things turned out for them.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Musical Ensemble

This photograph was taken in the 1920's and shows a small band. The guys are all decked out and ready to play. It looks like four of them have stringed instruments, and one plays the piano. It never seices to amaze me the stark contrast between the mood in the pictures in the 1920's and the 1930's.

Monday, January 12, 2009


This photograph shows the aircraft Hanno, which was part of the British Imperial Airways. The picture was taken in 1935, and shows a group of passengers arriving in Gaza. I am not sure what type of aircraft this is, but it is a massive biplane, with four engines . . . two on the top wing, and two on the bottom wing.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Cock Fighting

This picture was taken in 1864 near Petersburg, Virginia during the Civil War. The picture shows a group of men in camp, with two black men about to initiate a cock fight for the entertainment of the remainder of the men.

Interestingly enough, cock fighting was legal up until last year in New Mexico. I think cock fighting is illegal everywhere in the United States now (although I am not sure about Louisiana). Roosters have sharp spurs on the back lower portion of their legs which they use as offensive weapons. In general, roosters are pretty aggressive, and have a tendency to want to fight each other anyway. Special roosters are raised for cock fighting that are extra-aggressive, and bred for strength and endurance. In a cock fight, the two roosters are released near each other, and then fight to the death. In some contests, roosters are equipped with steel spikes, or blades attached to their natural spurs to make the contests more lethal. Typically the people watching the cock fight would be betting on the outcome.

Cock fighting had developed into a very organized "sport" over the years, and fighting game birds from winning blood lines could command very high prices. I can very honestly say that I never attended a cock fight, and never had any interest in attending one. However, I think they still go on in many parts of the country.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Mystery Persons

Today is Saturday, and that is the day that I post a picture and you have to figure out who is in the picture. Today, you have to identify both people. A winning response requires both people to be identified correctly. If you miss one, and get one right, I will tell you that you missed one, but I wont tell you which one you missed. So, the winner is the person who first identifies both people correctly. Oh, and I am not going to tell you what year the picture was taken. Let the games begin!

Friday, January 9, 2009

African Women

This picture was taken in 1936 at Fort Hall in Kenya. This would be near Nyeri. I am not sure what the woman is doing with the blanket. It looks like it is not a cold day, and I can not tell if she is actually working on making the blanket or not.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Civil War Sutler

This picture was taken in 1863 near Petersburg, Virginia. It shows a Civil Was Sutler, with his little shop. The store has a sign that reads, "Fruit and Oysters". That really seems like a strange combination. I would think there would be a lot of things that a soldier would want more than oysters.

Anyway, there was a lot of good discussion around the Civil War picture of Atlanta posted a few days ago. It always amazes me at what passion still exists around the topic of the "unpleasantness" in Georgia in 1864. My dad served in World War II, and he said at that time you were not allowed to discuss the Civil War in the army, as it was a very divisive issue, and it was not considered conducive to troop morale.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


This picture was taken in 1840, and shows a peddler with his two cases. It is interesting to note the setup he has. The cases are connected to straps around his neck, and then it looks like there is a stick that holds the cases apart, and away from his body. This is actually a nice design, as his arms would not have to be constantly pulling the cases away from his body as he walks. You wonder what kind of interesting things he is selling from these small cases.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Atlanta Train Depot

This is an unusual picture of Atlanta, Georgia, taken in 1864. You can see a period locomotive, and what looks like a depot in the background.

My family lived in the Atlanta area in 1864, and I can remember growing up there was still hard feelings towards Sherman, and what he did to Atlanta, and the rest of Georgia in his March to the Sea.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Garage Workers

This picture was taken in 1920, and shows men working in an automotive repair garage. The picture was taken in Jerusalem, and shows a group of men who work in the facility.

For many of us, this is the first day back to work after the holidays. Normally, that is the occasion for groaning; however, this year I think we should all just be thankful to be employed. Better to have a job to go back to, I say.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Tea Party

This picture was taken in 1908, and shows two girls having a tea party. I wonder if young girls still have tea parties. My daughter is 18, so my experience is a little out of date, but I can remember some pretty elaborate tea parties she had. They involved everyone, including the dog, getting dressed up. They were elegant affairs, and showed the creativity and imagination of a young mind.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Mystery Person

OK, I was just getting ready to post the picture of the day, and then I realized it was Saturday, and that is mystery person day. So, I had to stop the presses, and sit and figure out a person to try and stump you with. I think this time I will succeed. You have to guess who the person is pictured above. No help, and no clues from me. Have fun!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Book Binder

This picture was taken in 1900 and shows a young woman working as a Book Binder. Bookbinding is pretty much a lost art nowdays.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Cowboy Camp

This picture was taken in 1939, and shows a group of cowboys in camp, at the end of a hard day. I find the authentic cowboy lifestyle fascinating, and as we have discussed before, there are very few real cowboys left. I also find that there are not a whole lot of great pictures of cowboys. Too bad Edward Curtis never made a Cowboy Collection to compliment the exceptional work he did on photographing Native Americans.