Sunday, March 31, 2013

Resurrection Morning



We celebrate Resurrection Morning today, and my hope and prayer is that each of you will know the peace, joy, and love that comes through the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Jesus came to earth to die for our sins, and he demonstrated his power over death and the grave by rising on the third day. Because of this, we do not have to fear death. His desire is for each of us to believe in him, trust in him, and live in obedience to him.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Going Fast



Welcome to Going Fast Week here at OPOD. This week we will be looking at mankind's Need for Speed. We start with this fine example of a camel race in the Middle East. The picture was taken near Beersheba. I guess ever since we had something to ride, we have been wanting to race.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Ice Fishing



Today's pictre is from the early 1900's and is shows a woman ice fishing. I have never been ice fishing, but it looks like the woman is having some luck. I would imagine this was an important part of helping to feed her family.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Fishing Canoe



Today's picture is from the late 1800's and shows two men after a successful fishing trip in a canoe. Notice that the canoe is outfitted with a rather comfortable looking chair. The shore is well laid out to get in and out of the boat, and it looks like they could just about do so without getting their feet wet. The picture was taken at Lake Gogebic, in Michigan. The fish are black bass.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Indian Fishing



I love this picture of an Indian Fishing. He is Hupa, and the picture was taken in 1923. I love the calmness of the lake, and it looks like it is early morning.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Woman Fishing



I really like today's picture, and it shows a woman fishing in the Tidal Basin in Washington DC. Have you ever noticed that people who like to fish will always manage to find a spot to fish? Around here I often see a person fishing in an odd spot, and I wonder, "are you really supposed to be fishing there"? In any event, this woman has found her spot, and I hope she had success that day.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Salmon Fishing



This is a wonderful picture from 1895 showing two men salmon fishing from a boat. The picture was taken on the Columbia River in Oregon. They are fishing with a net.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Surf Fishing



Today's picture shows a man Surf Fishing. I have never tried it, but it looks like you stand on the beach, and cast the line out into the ocean. Maybe someone who has done this can cast more light on it. It seems like it would be hard to get the line very far out there, and that the waves would be washing the bait back towards you and up on the shore. The picture was taken at Long Beach in New Jersey.

Saturday, March 23, 2013



We continue our celebration of the arrival of Spring by making this Fishing Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at photographs of that most relaxing tradition. This is a classic photograph of a girl fishing with a simple stick fishing pole. I can remember growing up fishing with Cane Poles, which were just a piece of cane, with a string and hook. Ah yes, the good old days.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Saying Grace



We wrap up Picnic Week with this picture from West Virginia, taken in 1938. The folks are saying grace before the start of their picnic. The tradition of saying graces is still a strong one in many parts of the South, and Midwest. I am not sure about other places. 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Man Table



My first question when seeing this picnic picture was, "Where are the women?" My best guess wold be that they are doing something useful. It does look like these guys have taken their picnicking to that next level as they have there own improvised table and nice chairs. The picture was taken in 1940 at a horse show near Shelbyville, Kentucky. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Vale Oregon



Today we have a picture from Vale, Oregon. The family is picnicking right out of their car. The picture was taken at a 4th of July picnic in 1941. The more I look at these old pictures, the more I think we should rekindle the old Picnic Tradition!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Picnic on the Beach



Today's picture is from about 1900, and it shows some young people enjoying a picnic on the beach. The picture was taken on Coney Island. It is amazing how much our standards of modesty and decency have changed in the last hundred and ten years or so. There is a striking difference in what types of things you see on the beach these days.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Frying Food



Picnic Week continues here at OPOD with this picture from 1940 of a church picnic in Kentucky. It looks like they are frying up some food, but can not tell exactly what it is. My guess would be either fried chicken or catfish. When I was growing up, church picnics were more likely to have BBQ, but if something was going to be fried, most likely it would be catfish.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Picnicking



This is another picture from the same picnic we saw yesterday. I really like these pictures . . . they are so iconic they almost look like they are from a movie set instead of read life. I think Barbque is one of the best picnic foods. As much as I love fried chicken, it gets soggy pretty quickly. The BBQ is nice because it can be served right off the grill.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Church Picnic



I looked outside this week and saw our peach trees are blooming, and I found a blooming bluebonnet in the yard as well. That can mean only one thing . . . spring is officially here. In recognition of the warmer weather, this will be Picnic Week here at OPOD. The picture above was taken in 1940 at a church picnic in Yanceyville, North Carolina. It seems like the tradition of church picnics has waned in the last decades, as most people appear to be too busy to take an afternoon for slow paced fellowship and food. Perhaps you could share fond memories you might have of relaxing picnics with friends and families. I remember my dad was always leery of the potato salad and cold slaw, convinced that more people had been killed from food poisoning from Potato Salad at Baptist Picnics than what Hitler had killed in the war. Anyway, I have many happy memories of church picnics and think we should revive the tradition (being careful to keep the potato salad properly cooled).

Friday, March 15, 2013



We wrap up Women in the Workforce Week with this picture of a woman working alongside a man on a cockpit of a B-25 Bomber. the picture was taken in 1942 at the Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach, California.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Vengeance Dive Bomber



Today's picture is from 1943, and shows a woman working on a Vengeance Dive Bomber. The picture was taken at a factory in Nashville, Tennessee. Like many of the images from this series, she is wearing jewelry in a factory, which of course is a safety concern. Not sure if this was normal for the time, or that everyone was just dressed up for the picture.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Sewing



Probably one of the first places women found large scale employment outside the home was in the garment industry. The picture above was taken in about 1900, and is shows a woman working in a sewing factory. I can not help but be impressed by the sturdiness of the machine she is working on.


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Aircraft Engine



Today's picture features a woman working on building an aircraft engine. The picture was taken in 1942 at the North American Avaiation Plant in California. I am surprised that the woman is working with a ring and bracelet. I wonder if this was just for the picture or if they people would normally work with their jewelry on back then.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Gun Parts



Women in the Workforce Week continues here at OPOD with this picture from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The picture was taken in 1942, and shows a young woman working at the Vilter Manufacturing Company. The company made small arms for the war effort in World War II.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Testing Bomb Equipment



Good Sunday Morning to you all. Hopefully many of you are beginning to get a little touch of springtime weather. Spring has arrived in West Texas, which means the wind is here. Anyway, we are enjoying the longer and warmer days.

Today's picture is from 1942, and it shows a woman working in a bomb factory. She is learning to use test equipment which is used to test components for the bombs.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Woman in the Work Force



Welcome to Women in the Workforce Week here at OPOD. We start out with this picture from 1942, which shows a woman in a job making needles.

The trend of women working outside the home really started during World War II. With so many men being drafted into the military to fight the war, a workforce was needed for the manufacturing jobs back home. This need was met by women who had traditionally worked at home, leaving the home, and filling the manufacturing jobs. After the war, many women remained in the workforce, and families begin to enjoy and often depend on two incomes.

This is my question . . . with women entering the workforce, did we leave the most important job undone? The most important job being bringing up the next generation. I am not saying that a woman's place is in the home, but I worry that as a society we have pressured women into the workforce, as if they are not accomplishing much with their lives if they choose to stay home and train up our children. It saddens me that we have outsourced the raising up of our children to strangers and government organizations.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Radio Operators



We wrap up High Tech Week with this picture of a group of men learning to operate radios. The picture was taken in 1912, so this would have been in the very early days  of the technology. The group was part of the Wireless Radio School in New York.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Edison



High Tech Week continues with this picture of Thomas Edison in his lab. Edison is remembered by many as a man who helped usher in the present era of High Tech development. Actually I have never been a Thomas Edison fan, and believe his popularity is due to a great public relations department at General Electric, a company he started. During the early days of electricity, Edison sponsored a traveling road show in which stray animals would be brutally electrocuted on the public square to frighten people, and to discredit his competitors, a team made up of George Westinghouse and Nicola Tesla. Edison even invented the electric chair, and gave them to prisons to execute criminals with Tesla's competing AC electricity. When the animals were killed, or someone was executed in the electric chair, Edison used a term he had coined, and said that they had been "Westinghoused". In the arena of technology, Edison was neither a brilliant nor creative mind. He simply solved problems with brute force trial and error, and bought himself time by viciously attacking his competitors. It is funny that Edison is remembered as the father of electricity, when in the end, we all use AC electricity, which was the type he fought so ruthlessly against. Nicola Tesla worked out all the math and technology needed to make practical AC motors, generators, and the means to practically transport electricity to people's homes.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Chemistry Lab



Ahhh . . . the good old days when men could enjoy a good pipe smoke in the chemistry lab without fear of persecution. All kidding aside, I can remember I entered the professional workforce in the 1980's and at that time it was still common for coworkers to smoke inside in their cubicles. Also, I can remember in the 1970's in High School teachers smoking inside. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Test Car



This is an interesting picture from 1923 that shows some sort of test car. It looks like the car has been instrumented as a portable weather station. Not sure exactly what it is doing, but that is my best guess.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Portable Radio



I enjoyed reading the comments yesterday, and hearing everyone's memories about the old tube radios. For those old holdouts still listening to these vintage radios . . . I wonder how hard it is to get the tubes for them now. Are all the old tubes even made anymore? I know the tubes burned out fairly frequently.

Anyway, today's picture is from the early 1900's and it shows a young lady listening to a radio. Again, massive batteries needed to run the radio. Battery technology was limited back then, so I bet the batteries did not last very long.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Old Radio



Today's picture shows an early radio receiver. The device was self contained, and capable of receiving a signal from across the country. You can see that the device is based on seven vacuum tubes and the bottom half is filled with batteries. A vacuum tube was a very early electronic component that could act as a switch or an amplifier. They used lots of power, and burned out frequently. In the 1970's the vacuum tube was replaced by the solid state transistor. A transistor could do all the work of a tube as a fraction of the cost, low power and they did not burn out. Using transistors miniaturized electronics for two reasons. First, the transistors themselves are small, and second, since they dont use much power, the need for huge batteries was reduced. For comparison, modern computer chips can have in the neighborhood of 10 billion transistors.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

High Tech Week



Welcome to High Tech Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at technological advances over the last 150 years. We start with this picture from 1937, where a microscope has been instrumented with a camera to take photomicrographs. It is amazing how far things have come since then!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Tuskegee Airmen



Tuskegee Week would not be complete without mention of the Tuskegee Airmen. This was a World War II fighter unit made up of African Americans. This picture was taken in 1945 in Italy. I am curious if there is any connection between the unit being formed in Tuskegee, and the Tuskegee Institute.