Saturday, January 30, 2016

Snowed In

We wrap up Blizzard Week today with this picture from 1922 showing some snowed in cars. I think the owners should probably just wait for the sun to come out and not even try to dig these cars out of this mess. Hope those of you who have been getting bad weather are starting to thaw.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Girls in Blizzard

Today's picture shows two young ladies in a blizzard. The picture was taken in January of 1922. It looks like a pretty big storm, but they seem to be not too concerned.

Hope those of you caught in the last weeks winter weather are now digging out and beginning to thaw.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Dumping Snow

Today we have another picture of the snow cleanup from the 1899 New York City Blizzard. You can see after filling wagons with the snow from the street, it was dumped in the river. Must have been an enormous job.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Clearing the Snow

This is a great picture from 1899 showing how they cleared the streets of snow after a blizzard. They manually loaded it into wagons, and then took it to the river and dumped it in the river. You can see the horses and wagons in line waiting to dump the snow.

Monday, January 25, 2016

New York Blizzard

Today's picture shows a street scene in New York City after a blizzard. The picture was taken in 1899. You can see men in the background with shovels preparing to tackle the huge job of snow removal.

Sunday, January 24, 2016


With the harsh weather in the Northeast, it appears this is a good time to have a Blizzard Week here at OPOD. We will look at pictures from past times of people dealing with snow and bad weather. We start with this picture from 1899 showing workers shoveling snow from the streets of New York. What a labor intensive job this must have been before snow plows.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Washington Monument

Monuments Week continues here at OPOD with this picture of the Capstone being finished on the Washington Monument. The picture was taken in 1884.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty was actually a gift from France. In 1883 while the statue was being built in France, the head was put on display in a public park in Paris. This unusual picture shows what it looked like while on display in Paris.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Making the Statue of Liberty

Today's picture shows the Statue of Liberty as it was being constructed in a French Warehouse. It is a fascinating image showing details of the left arm of the statue. The picture was taken in 1882.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Making the Rushmore Monument

Today's picture shows Gutzon Borglum working on Washington's face on Mount Rushmore. The picture was taken in 1932 before the monument was completed. The work to make this huge monument amazes me, as there seems to be no room for error. I wish I understood the sculpting process better.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Mount Rushmore

Welcome to Monuments and Landmarks Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at the iconic monuments of our country this week, and we start with Mount Rushmore. The sculptor responsible for mount rushmore was Gutzon Borglum. You see him pictured here by a mock up model of the monument that he wanted to build. It is interesting that the full monument was not able to capture all the detail portrayed in his mock up. Perhaps the real job turned out to be a much more difficult task than originally anticipated.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Feeding Chickens

Today's picture shows a Homesteader's Wife out feeding the chickens. The picture is from 1938. I am surprised by the comments this week how satisfied people are in simply buying their food, and the overall lack of interest in sustainability and self sufficiency. I have chickens, and the eggs are unlike anything you can buy in the store. Eating these genuinely organic farm fresh eggs is one of the real treats in my life. Also, we grow all of our own vegetables in a greenhouse year round. We buy our meat but we always buy grass fed, and as much as possible we buy locally produced meat. 

Friday, January 15, 2016

Feeding Pigs

Today's picture shows a farmer feeding his pigs. Where I grew up, feeding the pigs was known as "Slopping the Hogs", but don't know if that term was used everywhere. Also notice the little pig on the right appears to be the "runt", and you can see being smaller he has trouble getting his place at the trough. The picture was taken in 1939 in Colorado.

Thursday, January 14, 2016


Today's picture shows a Homesteader in Alamosa, Colorado. The picture was taken in 1939. Really a great picture of a hard working farm man.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Farm Scene

Today's picture shows a farm scene from 1936. The picture was taken in North Carolina. The thing that strikes me about this picture is how independent this man is, compared to our modern lifestyle. Just in the picture, you can see he is milking his cow, his transportation (the horse) is in the stable. You can see a great garden in the foreground, and in the background timber for heating or building. Behind the house you can see a chicken coup. This guy really has a sustainable lifestyle that today is almost completely gone. I would find the life depicted in this picture much superior to the typical lifestyle of our modern world.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Iowa Farmer

Today's picture shows an Iowa Farmer with a team of horses plowing his field. The picture was taken in 1940. This was about the time that the farm was quickly becoming mechanized, and plowing with horses became a rare thing.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Family Farmer

This week we will be looking at the small family farmer. Today family farms are quickly becoming a thing of the past, as large corporate entities are taking over the farming arena. When I was growing up, everyone grew cotton. Anyone with any size patch of land would plant cotton. It took a tractor, a few other pieces of equipment, and a cotton trailer to get the cotton to the cotton gin. Today, there are only a few cotton farmers in the area, and they farm huge amounts of farmland. They use enormous multi million dollar pieces of equipment. In fact, much of the processing that was formerly done at the cotton gin is done right in the the field. The result of this high degree of mechanization is that the little guy can not compete. In fact, the local cotton gin was shut down decades ago. The small amount of farming that is done is mainly for growing hay or other forage for livestock, and most all farmers are married to a woman who works in town. The idea of a self sufficient farm family making a living solely on farming is quickly fading into the past.

The picture above shows a farmer in 1900, plowing his field in Hampton, Virginia.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Hauling Logs

We wrap up Lumberjack Week today with this picture. It shows draft horses pulling a sled of logs from the woods. The picture was taken in 1937 in Minnesota. 

Friday, January 8, 2016

Hauling Logs

As we mentioned in an earlier post, when a tree is chopped down, the work is just beginning. Here we see that after the tree is chopped down, and cut into segments, it must be loaded and hauled to the sawmill. This picture was taken in 1895 in Minnesota. I am surprised that these horses do not look very robust. They look a little on the frail side, and I would have expected some big draft horses.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Michigan Lumberjacks

Today's picture shows a group of lumberjacks preparing a large log for transport. The picture was taken in Michigan in the late 1800's. This looks like a fit, hard working group of men.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Log Rolling

Today's picture shows a group of lumberjacks rolling logs into the river. The picture was taken near Littlefork, Minnesota. The picture was taken in 1937. Once the logs are in the river, they are floated downstream to the sawmill.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Giant Sequoia

Today's picture shows a team of lumberjacks by a huge sequoia which they have felled. I would imagine that now that the tree is down, the real work is just getting started. It would be interesting to see how they actually chop down a tree this big. The picture was taken in 1905

Sunday, January 3, 2016


Welcome to Lumberjack Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at the work men did 100 years ago chopping down trees, and getting them to the sawmill. Today's picture is from 1940, and it shows a lumberjack with an axe in Oregon. I believe that there are very few men in America today who would be capable of doing the work these men die 100 years ago.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Snowy Street

Today's picture shows a seen with a street car on a snowy street. The picture was taken in Detroit in 1900. It looks like the people on the back of the car are huddled up for warmth.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Children Sledding

Today's picture shows children sledding on a hillside. The picture was taken in Central Park, in New York City. The picture was taken in 1906. I wonder if sledding is still a popular past time with children in winter months. Where I live there is not much snow, so dont know if kids still do this.