Wednesday, December 19, 2012

What Made America Great



I love pictures like this one, and the one yesterday. They really exhibit the strength of character found in the pioneer families. Some of the things that jump out to me are Modesty, Humility, Hard Work, and Dedication. These people aren't looking for anyone to provide for them or make everything perfect for them . . . they are going to make it or not on their own. I would also bet that they would be the first to help a neighbor in trouble. I find it sad how far we have drifted from the pioneering spirit displayed in these pictures. 

9 comments:

  1. Another fantastic picture. I love the little girl clutching her doll, the young boy standing on the chair next to his dad,the tidy house. I wonder on the relationship of all those pictured. It is interesting the way the sod has been broken in the foreground...at first glance it looked like the large tractor tire tracks of today. I enjoy seeing the clothes of the era and forward these to my teen daughter who does historical sewing for a hobby.
    Keep them coming! :)
    -Anne K.

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  2. p.s. I believe there are some who still have the pioneering spirit.
    -Anne K.

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  3. Agree! It is a great picture! And they had real glass windows!

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  4. With all that sod laying there, it looks like they are getting ready to build another house.

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  5. Perhaps that sentence should read " These people AREN'T looking for anyone..." I got a little confused at first when reading that. But I do agree with the sentiment. :-)

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  6. The bell hanging off the wind mill caught my eye. I think it's a lunch and supper bell. When we were kids my Grandmother had one just like it hanging off the side of the house. If we were outside somewhere she rang the big bell and if you didn't come running right away you were in big trouble. I haven't thought of that bell in years thanks for jogging my memory with this picture. Those bells carried a long way!

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  7. We had the pioneering spirit here in Australia too - i imagine most colonies had to struggle to survive. Today, its all too easy, handed to them on a platter without having to work for it.

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  8. I sure would like to know the story of the people in this picture. Who is the young woman in the center? A sister? She is wearing regular or nice clothes? Who are the 2 men to the right, workers and/or brothers? And why the picture at all? What is the location?
    I think the pioneer spirit is alive plenty, but its form changes. If those people were born today, with their ability to adapt and survive, and their wits, what would they do?

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