Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Chopping Wood

There are a lot of jobs associated with cooking and heating with firewood, but the real work is in the  chopping. These two children are doing that chore in the picture. given the angle he is coming down on the log, it looks like he is splitting it, perhaps making some kindling. The picture is from Oklahoma in 1939.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Carrying Firewood

When it come to firewood, everyone helps out. You can see in this picture from 1937 that even this little girl is helping out. The picture was taken in Minnesota. From the size of the logs, I am guessing the wood is for a cooking stove.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Hauling Firewood

Today's picture shows a man gathering a wagonload of logs for firewood. I would imagine he has about a cord of wood, which would probably heat his cabin for the winter. It looks like he is using mules to pull the wagon. The picture was taken in 1936 in La Forge, Missouri. 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Gathering Firewood

Welcome to Firewood Week here at OPOD. The temperatures are starting to cool off and we are getting near the time we can start up the old fireplace. We actually heat our home with firewood. I love being able to keep the house nice and toasty in the winter using just the fireplace.

This picture was taken in 1937 in Michigan. Michigan has some cold winters so I hope they gather a full load!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Savannah, Georgia

We wrap up King Cotton Week with this picture of Cotton Bales being loaded onto a steamer. the picture was taken in 1904 in Savannah Georgia. Not sure where the cotton was going, but looks like a big job to get it loaded.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sacking Cotton

Today's picture shows men loading the bags of picked cotton into the cotton trailer. At this point, the cotton would be taken to the local Cotton Gin where it is processed and sold. The picture was taken in 1936.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cotton Bale

Today's picture shows a cotton bale as it is coming out of the press. At the cotton gin, the raw cotton bowls are dehusked, the seeds are separated from the cotton fibers, and the cotton fibers are then cleaned. Then the fibers are pressed into the huge bales. The cotton press can be seen right behind the worker. The picture was taken in 1938 in Arkansas.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Weighing Cottton

Today's picture shows the cotton being weighed at the end of the pay. Workers were paid based on how much they picked, so their bags had to be weighed. The picture was taken in 1935 in Arkansas.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Picking Cotton

Today's picture shows men picking cotton by hand. The picture was taken in 1902 in South Carolina. It looks like a fairly good crop of cotton.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Cotton Camp

Today's picture shows a migrant worker camp. The picture was taken in the Mississippi Delta in 1939. The workers were brought in to pick cotton. I am not sure when cotton picking became mostly automated, but I can remember in the 1960's there were still examples of people picking cotton by hand.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

King Cotton

Driving around here in West Texas I am seeing the cotton fields turn white, ready for harvest. Cotton is the main cash crop around here, and this it the time of year that it is ready to go. The days of small cotton producers is completely gone, and to be in the cotton business you need an incredible array of very expensive equipment. But, this week we will be looking back to a day when most farming was done by small sharecroppers, and cotton was picked by hand. Today's picture was taken in 1935 in arkansas.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Deadwood Stage

Today's picture shows the Deadwood Stagecoach. It was taken in 1890. This is really a great picture of the authentic west. It looks like well over a dozen people on the stage.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fifth Avenue

Today's picture is from around 1900, and it shows a Stage Coach on Fifth Avenue in New York. The street looks amazingly empty and clean. I am not sure what the building is that they are in front of.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

White Pass Stage

Today's picture was taken near Dawson, Alaska. It shows the White Pass Stage. Interesting that this is a sleigh and has no wheels. This must have  been a very interesting ride.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Dodge City

Today's picture shows the stage at Dodge City, Kansas. The picture was taken in the late 1800's. This stage looks to have some sort of covering on it that I have not seen before.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Stage Coach

Today's picture shows a stagecoach in the Adirondacks. The picture was taken in 1903. I can only imagine how beautiful this ride must have been.

Saturday, October 11, 2014


Welcome to Stage Coach Week here at OPOD. We will be looking back at a time when horseposer really meant horse power! We start with this picture from 1906. The picture was taken in the desert near Goldfield, Nevada. Looks like a pretty exciting ride!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Shearing Sheep

Today's picture shows a man shearing a sheep, which is one of the toughest jobs on a farm. So tough in fact, that few still raise wool bearing sheep. It is almost impossible to find anyone to shear sheep any more. It is a tough job, and no one wants to do it any more. Hence, most clothes today are polyester or cotton blends.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Chicken Dinner

It is amazing how much things have changed in the last 100 years. Today's picture is so foreign, and would be almost barbaric to many today. The picture is from 1938, and it shows two women killing a chicken to cook it for supper. There are probably not many people around today who would be able to butcher even a chicken.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Garden Work

Today's picture shows a woman working in her garden. The picture was taken in 1938. This picture is classic . . . I love the simple style of home, and what looks like a Model A Ford out front. What a lovely scene.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Feeding Goats

Today's picture is from 1919 and shows a man feeding goats. Interesting to me is that he is wearing a neck tie. In any event, the goats look like fine animals.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Milking Cows

Today's picture shows two women milking cows. The picture was taken in 1939 in Alabama. I have never milked a cow, but have seen it done. There are many places in the world where cows are still milked by hand like this.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Feeding Chickens

Today's picture features a young man in doing his chores. For this guy, chores apparently included feeding the chickens. As chores go, feeding and caring for the chickens is a pretty sweet deal. It is one of the easier jobs on a farm in my mind.

Saturday, October 4, 2014


Welcome to Chore Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at a bygone era where family members worked outside. I think the word "chore" is primarily a rural word . . . children who grew up on farms or ranches had specific jobs to do each morning and each evening, and these jobs were called chores. If you grew up in the city and also were assigned "chores", chime in and let us know. 

Today's picture shows a young man feeding, or "slopping" the pigs.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Sheriff on Horse

We wrap up the week with this picture of a sheriff on horseback. The picture was taken in Ashland, Montana. The photo is from 1941.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

New Mexico Deputy

This is a great scene from New Mexico showing a Deputy Sheriff talking to a local resident. The picture was taken in 1940. I love the old farm truck and the hats.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Motorcycle Cop

Today's picture features a policeman with a pretty cool motorcycle. The picture was taken in 1932, and the policeman is part of the Washington DC Metropolitan Police force.