Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Bon Voyage

Bon Voyage! Mrs. PJM and I will be spending some time traveling to see the lovely Miss EAM. I will not have an internet connection for some time, so this will be the last post for a while. Hope you all have a wonderful summer!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Britain in the First World War

Today's picture shows British troops in World War I. The picture is from around 1915. World War I was an interesting war in that there was no clear reason for it, there were devastating losses for all involved, and there was no clear winner. Bottom line, nothing really was accomplished.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Their Finest Hour

We continue to celebrate Britain's secession from the European Union today with this picture of Sir Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister of the UK during World War II. Shortly after he assumed this position, and in anticipation of the Battle of Britain, Churchill gave one of the most stirring speeches of all times. The powerful concluding remarks of his speech are presented below.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Britain's Finest

We continue to celebrate Britain's bold exit from the EU with this picture of two of Britain's finest. The picture was taken in 1921. In the foreground is Winston Churchill. In the background, we can see Emir Abdullah walking beside T. E. Lawrence . . . aka Lawrence of Arabia.

One of my all time favorite movies was the 1962 classic, Lawrence of Arabia, which is about T. E. Lawrence's amazing adventures on behalf of Britain in World War I. If you have never had a chance to watch the movie, it is well worth seeing.

Monday, June 27, 2016

The "Victory"

Welcome to Britain Week here at OPOD. With the UK voting to succeed from the European Union last week, it seems appropriate to recognize their independent spirit by featuring them on OPOD. We start with this picture from 1899 of the the British warship, the Victory. This was Lord Nelson's flagship.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Hindenburg Disaster

Today's picture is from May 6, 1936, and it shows the crash of the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg. The German airships were inflated with Hydrogen. Hydrogen was selected because it has superior lifting characteristics over all other gases. The downside is the Hydrogen is explosive. The highly publicized crash was pretty much the death knell for lighter than air craft. 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Zeppelin over Jerusalem

Today's picture shows the Graf Zeppelin from Germany over Jerusalem. The picture was taken in 1931. To me, sort of a creepy picture, knowing what Hitler was about to do to the Jews.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Naval Airships

Today's picture is from 1943 and shows a US Navy dirigible base on the east coast. Many do not realize that these airships were used in World War II for surveillance. These vessels had many unique capabilities, and I find it unfortunate that the technology was all but abandoned after the second world war.

Monday, June 20, 2016


Welcome to Lighter than Air Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at early flight that was accomplished by craft which were, well . . . lighter than air. In the earliest of airships, the gas was a lighter than air gas that came off burning coal. Then later, they used either Hydrogen or Helium as the lifting gas. Today's picture is from around 1920.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Sharecropper Camp

Today's picture is another one from the mass Sharecropper Eviction in New Madrid, Missouri. You can see that some of the people who had access to tarps set up makeshift camps by the side of the road after being evicted from the property.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Evicted Sharecroppers

This is a picture of another group of Sharecroppers who were part of the massive sharecropper eviction in 1939 in New Madrid, County Missouri. All the pictures this week were taken at the same spot at the side of the highway. From the picture, it looks like dozens of families had been evicted at the same time.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Sharecropper Child

Today's picture is another person affected by the sharecropper eviction that occurred in New Madrid County, Missouri in 1939. This is the child of one of the sharecropping families that was evicted from the farm. Like the pictures from the last few days, everyone simply sat on the side of the road with their meager possessions, not knowing what to do next. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Sharecropper's Wife

We discussed yesterday how sharecroppers had no rights to remain on the land, and could be evicted by the owner for any reason. In 1939 in Missouri a land owner evicted all the sharecroppers on his property without warning. Here is a picture of one of the wives after the eviction, standing on the side of the road.

Monday, June 13, 2016


Welcome to Sharecropping Week here at OPOD. A hundred years ago, farming was labor intensive, so large landowners would sublease their property to sharecroppers. These tenant farmers would farm a part of the land, and would give a portion of the crop back to landowner in exchange for rent. Unfortunately, the sharecroppers had not legal protection or rights, and so could be evicted from the land at the landowners whim. In the late 30's, as affordable farm equipment became available like tractors and combines, the need for sharecroppers was eliminated. The picture above is from 1939 in Missouri, and the sharecropper pictured had just been evicted from his tenant farm. He is pictured sitting on the side of the road with his meager possessions after the eviction. There were a large number of sharecroppers evicted that day, and they were all just sitting on the side of the road, not knowing what to do or where to go.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Camp Out

Today's picture is from 1919 and shows a Boy Scout camp. This is fairly nice, as notice the tents are built above elevated, level flooring. Perhaps this was an area that got a lot of rain. Where I went to summer camp, the tents were without floors, and just over the dirt.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Mess Hall

Today's picture shows the Mess Hall at Boy Scout Camp Ranachqua. The picture was taken in 1919. From what I remember, the food was not that bad at the Scout Camp I went to as a child, and the mess hall did not look that much different from this one.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Camp Roosevelt

This is a curious picture of Boy Scout Camp Roosevelt, taken in July of 1925. It looks like the boys are lined up getting their hands inspected. Not sure what is going on, but maybe they are checking to see if their hands are clean before entering the mess hall.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Boy Scout Camp

Today's picture is from Alabama, and shows a Boy Scout Camp. The picture was taken in 1942, and shows one of the great parts about camp . . . water fun. Not only can you swim in a river, you can see a feature of these camps typically is canoes and boats. This water activity is not normally available to kids, and so is one of the things that makes summer camp special. I wonder if summer camps are still popular?

Monday, June 6, 2016

Summer Camp

With June here I figure it is a good time to have Summer Camp Week here at OPOD. The picture above is from the early 1900's, but it could have been  a picture of summer camp from my childhood in the 1960's. I would go to Boy Scout camps in the summer, and always looked forward to the excitement and challenges found at Camp Faucet and Samp Sol Meyer. I wonder how many of you have fond memories or not so fond memories of Summer Camp. Please share!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Sea Bass

Today's picture shows Edward Llewellen after a successful day of fishing. The Sea Bass he caught weighed in at 425 pounds. The picture was taken in 1903, and the fish was caught off Catalina Island. Many thanks to the Evil Nate Maas for sending in the picture.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Child Fishing

Today's picture is from 1920, and it shows a small child fishing from a rock on the bank of the river. The child is using an old style stick fishing pole. The picture really makes me want to go fishing.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Men Fishing

Welcome to Fishing Week here at OPOD. With summer here, I am sure many of you would like to be out fishing, so we will be looking at pictures of people enjoying this past time. Today's picture is from 1903, and shows a group that had a successful day of fishing in a canoe. The picture was taken in the Adirondacks in 1903.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Ice Cream Vendor

Wow, how many of you can remember being able to buy a delicious ice cream treat for a nickle? Those were indeed the good old days. Now, I know some will pipe up and say that people did not make much money back then, so things have not really changed. But I claim that they have changed. In the 1960's a man could work at a gas station, have a house, a car, and support a family of four. Now both husband and wife must work, and even then must have fairly good jobs to be able to maintain a car and a home. As prices and wages have increased, over time the workers have lost out.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Shipyard Worker

Today's picture shows a Shipyard Worker enjoying a nice ice cream. The picture was taken in 1943 at the Bethlehem Shipyard in Baltimore, Maryland. This must have been a very busy time for the area.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Soda Fountain

I wonder how many of you can remember having an ice cream float from a real soda fountain. Just like the ice cream used to be better, the sodas were created right in front of you from carbonated water and a rich syrup made from real cane sugar. No comparison to today's over-sweetened genetically modified high fructose corn syrup. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Making Ice Cream

OK, if you do not know what this bucket with crank is, then you do not know what real ice cream tastes like! Yep, nothing better than fresh ice cream made with cream, raw eggs, real cane sugar, and real fruit picked from the back yard. I even liked the occasional piece of rock salt that ends up in the ice cream.

I found it interesting reading the comments and seeing that others remember how good the old school ice cream was when we were kids.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Ice Cream Truck

With warmer weather arriving, I figure it is time for us to look at our favorite summertime treat . . . ice cream. So, we start with this picture from 1942 of the Good Humor Ice Cream Man. Is it just me, or did ice cream treats taste better back in the day? It is like they really used to be just that . . . iced cream. Now they are made of some sort of milk derived substitute. Back in the day, eskimo pies were made with real cream, and then covered in real chocolate. The ones now just can not compare to the ones I grew up with.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Quarter Circle Corral

Looks like it is horse shoeing time at the Quarter Circle Corral near Birney Montana. The picture was taken in 1941. Looks like this guy actually ties the leg up as he works on changing the shoe.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Blacksmith Shop

This is a picture from around 1900 of a horse getting shoed in a blacksmith shop. I suspect that probably the horse would be shoed outside, and maybe he was moved in just for the picture. Horses are pretty skittish as it is, and I would not think you would want to be hammering near them as you mess with their feet. Also, the tail appears to be very close to the forge. In any event, it is an interesting image from the past.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016


I love these old pictures that show men doing real jobs. Have you noticed now days most people have trouble explaining what it is that they really do? The picture above is from around 1900, and the men are shoeing horses.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Horse Shoeing

Today's picture is from Utah and was taken in 1940. It shows a farmer shoeing his horse. This is actually a pretty tough job, and it is hard to find someone to do it these days. Horses tend to be pretty temperamental, and they do not like people fooling with their feet. You can see it is pretty easy to get kicked doing this job.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Child Shoeing Horse

Welcome to Farrier Week here at OPOD, where we will be looking at what is becoming a lost art . . . shoeing horses. We start with this picture from 1928 showing a child shoeing his pony. The boy looks to be 8 or 9 years old. I would bet you would be hard pressed to find many children this age that know how to shoe a horse these days.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Dock of the White Star Line

Hope you have enjoyed looking at the pictures this week, and getting a glimpse of the day when people traveled in style on magnificent steam powered boats. We finish the week up with this picture of the Dock of the White Star Line. The picture was taken in Detroit, Michigan around 1900.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Ships at the Pier

Today's picture shows steamships at the pier. The picture was taken in 1908 on the pier in Port Huron, Michigan, I love the peaceful feel of this scene.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016


Today we have another great picture from the days people traveled by steam power. The picture is from 1901, and shows a dock in Detroit. The ships do not appear to be fairly crowded, but I am sure it was still a nice ride.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Detroit Wharf

Today's picture shows the Wharf at Detroit. I love the picture of the crowd. This was a time when everyone dressed nicely.

Monday, May 9, 2016


Welcome to Riverboat Week here at OPOD. We will be looking back to a day when people traveled in grand style on the water. We start with this picture of the Island Queen from 1906. What an exciting thing it must have been to ride on the majestic boat.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Beach Scene

Today we have a picture of a beach scene from 1900. Of course, the first thing we notice is how modest swim ware was back then. Also, notice the men wore suit and ties to the beach. I will have to admit I would prefer the days of more modesty, politeness and slowness of pace.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Camel Ride

Today's picture shows visitors getting a Camel Ride on Coney Island. The picture is from 1905. I will admit I have ridden a camel before. It is actually a very smooth and pleasant ride, and is very different than riding a horse. It feels more like you on on a boat on the ocean. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Elephant Ride

This is another picture from Coney Island. This one was taken in 1905, and shows something you dont see much of today . . . elephant rides. I would assume that because of our litigious society that there would not be many establishments offering elephant rides these days.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016


Today's picture shows children riding ponies. The picture is from 1904, and was taken at Coney Island. It really looks like a fine group of animals, and the children appear to be having a good time.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Coney Island

Welcome to Amusement Park Week here at OPOD. With spring here, and summer around the corner, it is time for us to start thinking about summer entertainment. Back in the day no place was more popular than Coney Island. The picture above is from Coney Island, and was taken in 1904. You can see the children could take rides in goat-drawn carriages. The look like quiet fancy rigs.

Friday, April 29, 2016


Today's picture shows a ranch homestead in 1900. It looks like on this particular day they were more about harvesting deer than anything else. I believe I see 5 deer in the picture ready for butchering. Five deer and no refrigerator, I hope they have a lot of salt and nitrates.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Rancher's Son

This is a scene from Montana in 1936. The picture was taken on a ranch near Glendive. The picture shows a rancher's son on horseback. What a great scene from America's past.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Ranch Couple

Today's picture is an iconic picture of a classic ranch couple. The picture was taken in 1939 in Idaho. Truly an image of one of the things that made America great.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Sheep Ranchers

Today's picture shows a Montana Sheep Ranch in summer time. The picture was taken in 1939. I really love the big river in the background.

In the comments yesterday, Mr. MB questioned my ability to grow enough grass for a calf in a greenhouse. Actually small hydroponic systems can produce over 100 pounds of grass a day. This would be enough for at least three cows. Also, given I will have some grazing grass on the property, this amount might be enough for up to 4 cows. I was browsing online yesterday, and saw that grass fed filet mignon's go for $100 a pound.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Montana Ranchers

Welcome to Ranching Week here at OPOD. Today's picture is from 1942, and it shows some ranchers gathered around the dinner table in Montana, discussing cattle prices. I will have to admit I am toying with the idea of buying some cattle for out little 10 acre place here. I will probably start with two weaned calves, raise them up, and then sell one at market, and butcher the other. Recently, I have really gotten into the whole grass fed and organic craze. I believe our confined space factory raising of food leads to poor health. So, my plan is to raise my own beef. Already, we grow our own vegetables in the greenhouse, and have chickens for free range eggs. The next move will be to grow our own meat. The plan is to grow forage in the greenhouse, so the cows will eat fresh green grass year round. So, do you think I have what it takes to be a gentleman rancher?

Friday, April 22, 2016

Military Facial Hair

Today's picture features Admiral Reynolds, who is sporting a fine example of facial hair. I feel his facial hair compliments his uniform and stance nicely.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Upturned Mustache

This is a facial hair style that certainly can fallen in popularity and is very unusual to see these days. This is the upturned mustache, where the ends are combed/trained to point upwards. I would imagine this would require quiet a bit of grooming work to keep it styled like this, and hence possibly the reason the the fall in popularity over the last 100 years.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Big Mustache

Today's picture shows a man with a very significant mustache. One must conclude that this man had to give careful attention to eating or sipping a beverage.The picture is from the early 1900's.