Over the years I have seen many different "styles" for taking an extra passenger on a bicycle, including this one scene in this picture from 1921. For this style, the passenger rides sidesaddle on the bar in front of the driver. This works OK for a smaller passenger. Most of the bicycles like this one that I remember had some sort of rack behind the seat, and a passenger could sit straddling the rack. The worst technique that I have witnessed, which almost always ended in disaster was to have the passenger ride seated on the handlebars, with legs straddling the front wheel, and feet resting on the tine nut on each side of the front wheel axle.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Today's picture shows a boy with a new bicycle outside a bicycle shop. The bike looks to have lots of neat accessories, and looks to be a high end model. The picture was taken in 1921.
When I was a kid, one of the neatest accessories for a bicycle was a siren. They had these sirens that mounted down near the tire. When you pulled a little chain, the siren was brought into contact with the edge of the tire, and the tire would cause the siren to spin, and it put out a really LOUD siren sound. It sounded like one of the old air raid sirens. Neat thing about it was that it did not take batteries, so you could us it as much as you wanted.
Monday, April 28, 2014
Today's picture is from 1921, but I actually remember this was the style of bicycles when I was a child in the 1960's. The handlebars were big and wide. The seat was a saddle style that was well padded, and had springs underneath. The seats were very comfortable. The bikes had headlights, but unfortunately battery technology was not very good, so the lights were not bright and the batteries died after a few minutes. Another feature was the bikes had fenders, so the tires would not sling water on you if you went through a puddle.
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Welcome to Bike Week here at OPOD. The picture above is from 1938, and shows a young man decorating his bicycle.
One of the biggest changes I see between my childhood and today is the relative importance of a bicycle. When I was a child your bike was your most important and cherished possession. Today it would have to be an iphone or Xbox probably. When I was a child just about everyone rode their bicycle to school, and the school had rows and rows of nice bike racks that you could park your bicycle in. I find it interesting that this same school today does not even have a bike rack, and no one rides a bike to school. Bikes were great fun, kept you fit, and taught all types of wonderful life lessons. It is sad that this tradition has pretty much faded away.
So, I hope you all will share stories this week about your childhood bicycle.
Friday, April 25, 2014
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Today's picture shows some young people at summer camp playing water games. I think one of the best things about summer camp was the water. Most summer camps are on either nice rivers or lakes, and are well equipped for enjoying the water. This picture was taken in 1942.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Monday, April 21, 2014
Ah yes, an important part of summer camp . . . writing home. This picture was taken in 1942 in a summer camp in Michigan. It seems so foreign now to write a letter by hand. It has probably been decades since I hand wrote a letter. I bet some of you still hold to the wonderful old tradition of hand writing letters.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Today's picture shows some young men eating at Summer Camp. It appears that they are eating pretty well. When I was young, I would go to Boy Scout summer camp and the food was usually pretty good there. The camps were along a river, so there was lots of water activities like swimming, canoeing, and boating. Overall, lots of fun.
Friday, April 18, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Today's picture shows the train station at Duluth, Minnesota. I love these old steam locomotives. There are still a few you can ride today. The best is probably the Durango to Silverton narrow gauge. If you have never had the chance to ride on it, put it on your list. Today's picture was taken in 1910.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Sunday, April 13, 2014
This is a curious picture from 1920 of passengers riding on the deck of a train car. The fabulous scenery, and lack of cover of the train car would possibly suggest that this was some sort of sightseeing ride. However, the passengers appear to be mostly men, and the men appear somewhat disinterested in the scenery. So I must say that I am not quiet sure what is going on here.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Welcome to Train Travel Week here at OPOD. I hope you join us as we look back on the days when you could ride the rails from one side of the country to the other. I have always loved trains, and think that there is something fascinating by traveling this way. Today's picture shows people loading on a train, but unfortunately it is not a happy ride. The picture was taken in 1942, and the people are being shipped out to relocation centers. They are Japanese citizens in California being required to report to internment camps.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Today's picture was from 1911, and it shows wreckage being cleaned up from an Army airplane crash. The crash occurred at the College Park Aviation Field. I love how this picture shows the airplane wreckage, and old automobile, and a horse drawn buggy in the background.
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Welcome to Aviator Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at people and planes from the early days of air travel. We start with this picture from around 1915. It shows A. D. Smith, who was an early Army Test Pilot. He is posed on a Hydroplane he was testing. It looks like it is the wing segment of the plane, with a mounted engine.