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.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


Facial Hair week continues with this fine example of a mustache. This is a fairly robust one, and it goes well with his overall outfit. The picture is from the early 1900's,

Monday, April 18, 2016

Bearded Man

We will be looking at beards this week here at OPOD. We start with this great photo of a Civil War soldier, taken in the early 1860's. It is an interesting style, in that he has no mustache, and no sideburns, but a big bushy beard bottom. Not sure what this style is called..

Friday, April 15, 2016

Massachusetts General Hospital

Today's picture is from 1907, and shoes the operating room at Massachusetts General Hospital. I would imagine that they are not performing surgery, as they are not so much as even wearing an apron.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Surgery on Hindoo Twins

Today's picture shows a surgical procedure in 1902. These are the famous "Hindoo" twins, who were siamese twins. This was the start of the surgery to separate them.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Operating Room

Today's picture shows an operating room circa 1900. I ams surprised that even at this date there appears to be little understanding of maintaining a sterile field in surgery. There are no face masks, and little more than street clothes being worn.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Oral Surgery

Today's picture shows a dental office used for Oral Surgery. The picture is from Wayne County, Michigan.

Monday, April 11, 2016


Today's picture shows a typical operating room in the early 1920's. The biggest thing I notice is the total lack of any electronic equipment. Also, it looks like the anesthesia is being administered from a can of ether or something like that.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Primitive Surgery

Welcome to Surgery Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at the standards of medical care 100 years ago. I will give you a head's up . . . some of it is a little frightening. We start with this picture from 1903. A patient is being operated on at Jefferson Medical College, as a large crowd looks on. I would have thought that at this time there would have been more sensitivity to sterile conditions, but I guess not.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Peanut Vendor

Today's picture is from the streets of Washington DC, and it shows a peanut vendor's cart. While it looks like a popcorn machine, he is actually selling roasted peanuts.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Gum Vendor

Today's picture was taken in 1915 in New York, and it shows a street Gum Vendor. The man has a small stand, and is selling all different flavors of chewing gum.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Broom Vendor

Today's picture shows a Broom Vendor in Cuba. The picture was taken around 1900. This street vendor's portable store offers brooms and carpets. Really love the small independent businessmen like this that used to abound.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Indian Baskets

Today's picture shows a group of Native Americans selling Baskets that they have made. The picture was taken in 1905 on Mackinac Island in Lake Huron in Michigan. Native Americans are known for their craft skills, and genuine baskets made by there indigenous people are highly prized today.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Fish Vendor

Street Peddler Week continues here at OPOD with this picture of a street fish vendor. He has a nice selection of fish on a stick which he is selling. The picture was taken in 1903 in Augusta, Georgia.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Street Peddler

Weclome the Peddler Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at the lost art of selling wares on the street. In the picture above, a man is selling potted flowers on a busy street in New York City. The picture was taken in 1904.

I can remember when we would go to Mexico in the 1960's and 1970's, the tradition of street peddling was still very strong. Vendors sold all types of stuff standing on the street. One might sell candies and food items, and another leather goods he had made. As I visit Africa, I see this tradition of selling things on the street is still alive and well. 

Friday, April 1, 2016

Urban Gardening

Today's picture is from 1944. What I really like about it is we have a woman who has found a little spot to garden in the midst of an urban area. The picture was taken in Queens, New York. No matter where you are, hopefully you can find a little spot to plant something.