Friday, April 30, 2010

Old Airplane

OK, we are wrapping up helicopter week today with this picture of a man in an airplane. See, towards the middle of the week, I started running out of good pictures of helicopters, and interest from visitors was waning, so I switched to planes with pilots. I feel the topic this week was somewhat of a bust. I need good ideas for a theme for next week. Ideas?

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Gyro Style Plane

OK, we learned yesterday that some segment of our viewership was more interested in pilots than aircraft. The request was made to see planes with pilots. So here you go, right from 1911.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Berliner Helicopter

This is another picture of the Berliner helicopter. It is hard for me to figure out how this thing flies. There are two large upward pointing rotors in front, and it looks like a small one back near the tail.


Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Today's picture was taken in 1938, and it shows an auto gyro landing at the US Capitol. The auto gyro is powered by a frontward pointing traditional propeller. The upper propeller serves as the wing of the craft. The aircraft was capable of fairly short takeoffs and landings. In this picture, the auto gyro was being evaluated for use as a carrier of airmail.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Early Helicopter

Today's picture is from 1923, and it shows an early attempt at a helicopter. It looks like it has 4 fan like propellers pointed upward. I am not sure how successful it was, but it does  look like like it is a foot or so off the ground in the picture.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Berliner Helicopter

This is a picture of an early attempt at a helicopter. It was called the Berliner Helicopter. I am not sure exactly how this works. It appears to no be a gyro-copter, as I can not see any forward or rearward pointing propellers. The propellers are mounted on beams coming out of the plane, and I see little to no front wing. It appears that the vertical propellers are powered. It does not look like they can change position. So, an interesting aircraft, and I ma not sure exactly how it flies.

Domestic Update:

Things continue to be interesting out in Chickie Town. The chickies are doing fine, and are producing 9-10 eggs a day. I have had a little bit of an issue that a few of the eggs have had thin shells. This is from a calcium deficiency. I put out crushed oyster shells for them, but maybe they are not eating enough of them. So, I continue to monitor the situation, but am not sure what is going on.


The peacocks have been acting peculiar lately. Handsome spends about 10 hours a day with his feathers fanned out, dancing around. So far, Lovie appears to show no interest in him. If she is around, and he starts that, she walks over and gives him a great big peck. Also, the peacocks are running around in circles real fast, sometimes running into things. Also, Handsome has started making all these elaborate noises. They are real loud and hard to describe. It sort of sounds like a cat meow, but only over a bull horn. He does this all day long, and at night at least once every fifteen minutes like clockwork. His tail-feathers are not that impressive yet, and I think they are not enough to get Lovie's attention.


Now, I went out to gather eggs this morning, and found a HUGE egg in the chickie coop. At first I thought that a chickie had laid a huge egg, but upon inspection by Mrs. PJM, she said there was no way that one of those little chickies had laid the egg. The obvious conclusion is that Lovie  went into the chickie coop and laid the egg. Now, I am not sure what to do with it. I have seen no indications that would make me think that the egg would have any chance of making a baby peacock . . . however, on the off chance that I missed something, I have decided to perhaps leave it and see if Lovie tries to make a nest there.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Round II

OK, I was beaten quickly in Round I by Weelarry. But, there will be a round II this morning. Oh yes, there will be a round II.

Mystery Contest

Good Saturday Morning to you all! Its Mystery Person contest. Ready, set, Go!

Friday, April 23, 2010


Today's picture was taken in the 1890's, and it shows a group of lumberjacks on top of a large log. I have enjoyed these pictures this week, and hope you have too. Hope you all tune in for the mystery person contest tomorrow.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Logging Train

Today's picture was taken in 1908, and shows a Logging Train in Washington State. The trees are 12 foot diameter fir trees.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Saw Mill

Today's picture was taken in 1908 and shows two boys working in a saw mill. The picture was taken in Evansville, Indiana.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Heavy Load

This picture was taken in the 1890's and shows a group of loggers hauling a heavy load. It is hard to even picture how they got the logs stacked that high. It is also hard to imagine how they keep it from tipping over.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Giant Sequoia

Today's picture is from 1905 and shows a group of lumberjacks who have just downed a giant Sequoia in California. I wonder how long it took a group of men like this to chop the tree down?

Sunday, April 18, 2010


Welcome to Lumberjack week here at OPOD. Today we will be investigating the hard working men and women who bring us lumber and lumber products. I love this picture from 1902. It was taken in Washington State. It shows a group of men working on cutting down a very large tree.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Contest Day

Today is Saturday, and that means Mystery Person Contest. Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to identify the man smoking the cigar. Let the Games Begin!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Maintenance Mechanic

We are wrapping up Working Man week with this picture of a maintenance mechanic. The picture was taken in 1942 at the Combustion Engineering Company of Chattanooga, Tennessee. I have enjoyed this series of pictures. Hope you will drop in tomorrow morning for the Mystery Person contest. I have a good one lined up.

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Today's picture is of a boilermaker at the roundhouse of the Proviso railroad yard near Chicago. I had to look up the definition of a boilermaker . . . it is one who is a trained craftsman who produces steel fabrications from plates and sections. Thinking of a locomotive, it is made from large plates of steel riveted together. I wonder how many "boilermakers" are left out there. The picture was taken in 1942.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


Today's picture features a Garage Mechanic from the 1940's. How many of you remember when the Gasoline Stations were owned by individuals, who actually cared about your business. I can remember when I was growing up, we would buy our gas at Mr. Gay's station in town. When you pulled in, your car rolled over a cord that caused a loud bell to ring, Mr. Gay would run out to the car, and recognizing you, would already know what type of gas you wanted, and what amount. He would start filling the car up, and as this was happening, he would clean the front and back windshields. He would check the pressure in your tires, and then he would check the oil. All the time he would carry on a little banter with my mother and father. He would always ask them, "Who's the Boss", and would tease my dad that maybe my Mom was the boss. Everyone would get a big kick out of the joking. Then, with the windows cleaned, the car full of gas, the tires properly inflated, and the oil or other fluids topped off if needed, he would give the kids in the car a piece of bubble gum, and send us on our way. I think a really precious piece of America was lost when these types of shops were forced to close by the big corporate, impersonal gas stations of today.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Working Man week continues here at OPOD with this picture of a homesteader. The picture was taken in 1942 in New Mexico. I think growing food is a great thing to do, and American farmers are among the few people in the country who actually produce anything. I hope we see a resurgence in the popularity of young people staying on the farm, and continuing the tradition.

Monday, April 12, 2010


Good Monday morning to you all, and I hope you are having as beautiful of a springtime as we are seeing here in West Texas. We are looking at pictures of Working Men this week, as part of our campaign to get people to do real work once again. Today's picture was taken in 1942 and shows three welders working on making a ship boiler for the Combustion Engineering Company in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I think welding would be a great career moving forward. First, being a good welder requires a lot of skill, talent, and training. Welders are needed in good times, to build new things, and in bad times to fix old things. Welders are needed in industries that make things we have to have. Lots of welders are needed in the energy industry, and in the food production (farming and ranching) industry. I believe that a good, honest welder will always be able to support his family. 

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Working Man

Welcome to Working Man week here at OPOD. We intend to feature great pictures of men doing real work. Today's picture was taken in 1942, and shows a construction worker helping to build TVA's Douglas dam on the French Broad River in  Tennessee. As we discussed last week, it seems like no one does real work anymore, and we don't build anything. It is particularly striking to me when I talk to students about their career plans. I hear that want to do things like get a degree in percussion (drumming?) or they want to be a pastry chef or personal fitness trainer. It is hard to make them see that just because a school offers a degree in something, it does not mean you can find a job with that degree. I have been advising students that I think the next great jobs will be jobs where you build things, or work with your hands. I think that it will turn out that being a plumber, electrician, or in the energy business will be careers where you will be able to get a job. I feel we are entering a time where people will have to make hard choices, and you want to work in an industry where you are offering something people HAVE to have, not WANT to have. If people have to choose between a personal trainer and having a plumber come and fix the toilet, people will choose a flushing toilet. For more gifted students, I think Engineering and the medical field will remain good careers. I am not trying to be Mr. negative, but I feel we still have some very tough years ahead of us, and it is going to be very difficult for young people hitting the job market.

Domestic Update: Springtime in Chickie Town

It is official; Spring has Sprung in Chickie Town, and the place is literally covered in lovely bluebonnets. I find it interesting that the chickies eat everything BUT the bluebonnets. The picture shows Miss Honey out scratching around for bugs in the bluebonnet patch. She really is a lovely bird.

The picture above shows Miss Honey and some of the other chickens. The chickies are very sociable and appear to like to do everything together.

Miss Ivy June is shown above chasing after a bug. She is one of our best egg layers.

Chickie town has turned out to be the smartest thing I have ever done. At first, Mrs. PJM was against the idea. She was concerned that I would get some big deal going, lose interest, and then she would be left to take care of the chickens. I convinced her I would take care of them, so she agreed to let me get the operation going. As it turns out, chickens are very easy to take care of, and in fact way less work than a dog. In the morning, I just have to open the door of their coop, and throw out a  few cups of feed. Then all day they go around scratching and finding bugs and other things to eat. At dusk, they march themselves right back into the coop, and I close the door. Collecting the eggs is the most fun part. We are getting 9-10 eggs per day.

Project chickie town has greatly endeared me to Mrs. PJM. It has been a success on many fronts. First, Mrs. PJM loves fresh country eggs, and now she has plenty of eggs to cook with and plenty to have for breakfast. I have further improved my domestic standing by getting up every morning and cooking her breakfast of scrambled eggs and Canadian bacon.

The combination of the plentiful supply of fresh eggs and the custom made breakfasts have resulted in me achieving very high points around the house, and have helped to bring me ever closer to becoming a gentleman farmer. Just the other day, I overheard Mrs. PJM talking to some guests at our house, and I heard her describe me as a "Peach of a Husband". Yes, I achieved the highly coveted "Peach" status. Few men in history have ever achieved this status. Most men are happy to ever even get to "He is not as repulsive as he used to be", or "Not as lazy as most men", or perhaps, "Does not sweat much for  a fat man." But no, I have become the "Peach".

Chickie Town also appeals to Mrs. PJM for other reasons as well. First, she loves little animals, and when she drives up, all the little chickies run up to greet her and make little chickie noises at her. This warms her heart. Also, Mrs. PJM likes to share, and since we get so many eggs, she can share eggs with all her friends. I bought these little clear 6 egg cartons, and made little stickers. When Mrs. PJM gives eggs to people, they have fancy little labels with the person's name on them.

I feel with the success of Chickie Town, a tractor is almost a sure thing at this point. I have even noticed Mrs. PJM saying things like, "With that little tractor, you could move this rock over there". Or, "If you had a little tractor, we could make a little trail over here". While I feel a tractor is almost a sure thing, rather than suggest it at this point, I would like to parley the success of Chickie Town into an even bigger success so perhaps I could get the tractor and all needed attachments this summer. So, I will play it cool for now, as I continue to build more points.

I feel I am closer than ever to becoming a true "Gentleman Farmer". I will keep you posted as the project continues.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Round III

OK, now I am really mad, so expect no mercy this time. You must name ALL THREE men. I will not give any hints . . . all three names have to be right. I refuse to allow pakurilecz to keep making a mockery of me. Let Round III Begin!

Round II

I refuse to let you all continue to make a mockery of me and OPOD by winning the contest so quickly. This time the gloves come off. I throw down the gauntlet, and I laugh at you all. Let Round II Commence!

Mystery Person Contest

Today is Saturday, the day YOU have to name who is in the picture. First person to get it right wins. What do you win you ask? The satisfaction of beating everyone on the Internet, of being a World Champion. Let the Games Begin!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Aircraft Worker

Today we wrap up our series of photos on the War Effort with this picture of a woman working on the control surface of a horizontal stabilizer for a bomber. She is working for the North American Aviation company. I have to say I enjoyed the pictures this week. It is good to see people working with their hands, actually building something. We need more of this these days.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Flying Fortress

Today's picture was taken in 1942, and shows a woman assembling the bombardier nose section of a B-17 F bomber. The picture was taken at the the Douglas Aircraft Company plant in Long Beach, California. The B-17 was known at the "Flying Fortress,"  The B-17 had a crew of 7-9 men.

Lots of interesting discussion yesterday on the topic of manufacturing jobs in US. I have to admit that I wonder just how much has been outsourced. For example, are there ANY fabric mills running in the US that would be able to take cotton, and make t-shirts. Our little town has a Woolen Mill that can take raw wool from a sheep, and turn it into really very nice blankets. It still works, but unfortunately it is a Museum now. It had to shut down long ago, because no one wants a fine wool blanket (expensive). Everyone wants a $5 polyester blanket from Walmart. Sort of sad that nowdays a functioning Woolen Mill can only be found in a museum.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Woman Worker

War Effort week continues this Wednesday with this picture of a Woman Working. The picture was taken in 1942. It was made at the North American Aviation, Inc.'s Inglewood, California, factory. The woman in assembling a B-25 bomber engine. In looking at these pictures this week I was sort of saddened by how little manufacturing is done in this country any more. It feels like almost all of these jobs have been shipped overseas. For all the economic problems we are facing, and all the different ways you can try and assign blame, I think it all comes down to this: we will never recover unless we actually start making things again.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Building Bombers

We continue looking at the World War II War Effort. Today's picture was taken in 1942, and shows women working on the fuselage of the Liberty Bomber. The picture was taken in Ft. Worth, TX, at the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation.

Monday, April 5, 2010

War Effort

Welcome to War Worker Week here at OPOD. As men entered the military to serve in World War II, women had to step up and fill the jobs that had been done by the men. Women moved into jobs that had traditionally been done by men. The picture above was taken in 1942, and shows a woman painting the insignia onto the wing of an American airplane.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Morning

John 21:

Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Tiberias. It happened this way: 2Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. "I'm going out to fish," Simon Peter told them, and they said, "We'll go with you." So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.

He called out to them, "Friends, haven't you any fish?"

"No," they answered.

He said, "Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some." When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.

Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, "It is the Lord," he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.

Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish you have just caught."

Simon Peter climbed aboard and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." None of the disciples dared ask him, "Who are you?" They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.

Saturday, April 3, 2010


OK, it is Saturday, so lets get the contest started. I really want to have a victory breakfast in the morning, so hope this is a hard one. Let the Games Begin!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Lady Driving

Good Friday Morning to you. Hope you all have enjoyed Old Car Week as much as I have. Today's picture was taken in 1907. I looking through lots of pictures this week, I am surprised to find how many picture ladies driving. Perhaps driving at this time was a popular past time for well-to-do ladies.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Sunday Drive

Today we feature a picture from the early 1900's showing two women out for a Sunday Drive. Looks like this car is from the pre-steering wheel era. I think she has a lever in her lap to steer the car.