Monday, March 31, 2014

Chemical Plant



Today's picture shows a construction worker operating a Pipe Vice. The picture was taken in 1942 at a chemical plant near Las Vegas, Nevada.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Lunch Break



Today's picture shows a couple of hard working construction men taking their lunch breaks. I recognize the old rounded top lunch box, with thermos. This is the type of lunch box my grandfather used for years when he worked in the oil field. I have not seen one of those in a long time.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Construction Workers



Welcome to Construction Workers week here at OPOD. We are going to be looking at pictures from back in the day when people actually built things. Today's picture is from 1940, and it shows two construction workers working on Shasta Dam in California. I love the old aluminum style hard hats.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Going Home



We wrap up Sharecropper Week with this picture of a group of men in a wagon returning home after working in the fields. The picture was taken in 1936, so this would have been in the midst of the hard times of the depression. The picture was taken in Arkansas.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sharecropper Children



Today's picture shows the children of a Sharecropper. The picture was taken in Arkansas during the Great Depression. Tough times for everyone back then.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Woman Sharecropper



Today's picture shows a woman sharecropper. The picture was taken in Arkansas near West Memphis in 1936. In looking at the picture, I notice the terrible condition of her shoes and socks. It would be hard to work with tattered shoes like that. It is sad that many people in the world today still operate at this barely survive level. As Americans, I fear we often whine too much and do not appreciate the simple things like enough food, shelter, and good shoes.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Evicted Sharecroppers



Today's picture shows a group of sharecroppers that have just been evicted from their farms. You can see the stress and concern on their faces. The picture was taken in 1939 in Missouri.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Cotton Sharecropper



Today we have a picture of a Cotton Sharecropper. The picture was taken in Arkansas in about 1935.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Mississippi Sharecroppers



Today's picture shows a Sharecropper Couple from Mississippi. The picture was taken in 1937. I think we are going to see this week that life as a sharecropper was far from easy.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Sharcroppers



Welcome to Sharecropper Week here at OPOD. We will be taking some time to look at the life of sharecroppers some hundred years ago.

We start with this picture of a sharecropper's wife and cabin. The picture was taken in 1937 about ten miles south of Jackson Mississippi.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Woman Typing



Today's picture shows a woman in an office typing. Back in the day, doing this type of work was probably the most common job for a woman working outside the home. The picture was taken in 1923.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Laundry



Today's picture shows a woman doing laundry. I have to admit that I think it is a little bit of a shame that few people use clothes lines any more. They really do a great job, and clothes dried in the sun have a special feel and smell. This picture was taken in 1903.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Woman Mechanic



Today's picture shows a woman mechanic working on a Stutz Weightman Special on the side of a race track. The picture was taken in 1916 at the Benning Race Track near Washington DC.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Telegraph Operators



Today's picture shows women telegraph operators. The picture was taken in 1908.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Milk Delivery Truck



Today's picture shows a woman working as a Milk Man. I guess that would make her the Milk Woman. In any event, I find the truck interesting, as it appears it is designed to be driven while standing.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Switchboard Operators



Today's picture shows women switchboard operators. The picture is from 1959. It is amazing how much things have changed in our lifetimes! It is hard to imagine that some phone calls as late as the 1960's were still be routed manually by people making the connections individually.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Shoe Factory



Spring Break is over, and it is time for us to get back to work. So, this week will be Women Working Week, where we look at the the various jobs women have done over the years. We start with this picture of a woman working in a shoe factory. The picture was taken in 1895.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Atlantic City



We wrap up Beach Week with this peaceful scene of people relaxing on the sand. The picture was taken around 1905 at Atlantic City. Again, such a different view than what you would see today.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Daytona Beach Scene



I love this beach scene. It was taken at Daytona Beach in 1904. It just seems like things were so serene back in those days. Everyone looks polite, and no one looks in a hurry.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Daytona Beach



This is an incredible scene from Daytona Beach. You can see cars on the beach, and an airplane flying overhead. What an exciting time this must have been. The picture was taken in 1911.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Beach Scene



I love this Beach Scene picture from Cleveland, Ohio. The picture is from back in the day when Bathing Suit literally meant a suit of clothes. This one is worth clicking on to get a closer look at all the fine clothes. The picture was taken in 1905

Monday, March 10, 2014

Beach Fun



Today's picture shows some young men having fun at the beach. They are playing on some sort of Jungle Gym. The picture was taken in 1916.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Palm Beach



Ah yes, back to the days when folks exercised a small bit of modesty when visiting the beach. This picture was taken about 1910 at Palm Beach. I love the dignified attire.

Friday, March 7, 2014

The Harvest



Today's picture shows a family gathering the harvest of their garden. They are working together to pick the peas. The picture was taken i 1939 in Georgia.

I really hate to see Gardening Week wrap up today, but I hope it has motivated you all to go out and have a great garden this year.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Children Gardening



Today's picture shows a group of children working in the garden. The picture was taken around 1900 in the Washington DC area. I love the little hats.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Buying Seeds



Today's picture shows some young men buying seeds for their garden. I usually order seeds from the colorful catalogs that come in late winter. I will admit that I get overheated and buy way too many different varieties of seeds. The catalogs really give you the gardening fever.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Big Garden



Today's picture is from 1940, and it shows a woman with a really big garden. The garden is very impressive . . . very straight rows, and no weeds. You can see she has put a lot of work into it.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Girl Gardening



I love this picture from 1943 of a girl getting ready to work in her garden. I love the big smile on her face. Have you ever noticed that Gardeners tend to be happy people? Now, here is the question . . . is it that gardening makes people happy, or is it that happy people tend to garden?

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Corn Patch



Today's picture shows a man tending his corn patch. I have to admit that I usually don't see people dressed this well working in a garden. The picture is from 1918.

Perhaps someone could explain the function of the little hand plow he is using? Is it for turning the ground under, or is he using it for weeds?

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Woman Gardening



OK, it is March 1st and we are beginning to feel a little spring time in the air. So, this is going to be "Gardening" week here at OPOD. We start with this picture from 1944 showing a woman getting her garden going in New York.

So, how many of you plan on planting a garden this year. I hope many of you will get out and get one going!