Thursday, September 30, 2010

Rose Fritz

This is a picture of Rose Fritz. Rose was the worldwide typing champion of 1908. She was a young american woman who traveled to London for the contest. After Rose won the contest, the Prince of Wales came by and asked to watch her type. She typed a letter of 113 words for him in under a minute with no errors. It is reported he was very impressed with her skill.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

J. B. Hammond

This picture was taken in 1910, and shows J. B. Hammond, pictured with one of his famous typewriters. The Hammond was one of the most popular typewriters of the early 1900's, and Hammond became a very wealthy and successful man. Unlike most of the factory owners of the day, Mr. Hammond had a habit of being very generous with his employees. He would give them a quarterly dividend, based on the profitability of the company. He would give them a turkey at Thanksgiving and Christmas. He would also give them reasonable vacation time. These things were unheard of at the time, and his family accused him of being "insane" and squandering the families' (actually His) fortune. They brought their concerns to the authorities in 1907, and had him committed to an insane asylum. He was locked up for almost a year, and then finally when his case was investigated, it was determined that he was perfectly sane, and he was released. When he returned to his factory, the employees held a huge celebration. 

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Remington Typewriter

This picture is from 1908, and shows a woman by a typewriter. The picture was a marketing photo from Remington Typewriters. I would guess that the notepad was a dictation pad. It was fairly common for the boss to "dictate" the letter to a secretary, who would then go and type it up.  

Domestic Update:

I have not mentioned the greenhouse in some time. I am pleased to report that it is pretty much finished. By "pretty much", I mean that the plumber and electrician still need to come out one more time to get the heater and radiant floor heat system finished. I have gone ahead and started trying y hand at growing things. You can see in the picture above that things are off to a good start. The big green plants are cucumbers which are growing extremely fast. The smaller plants closer to the camera are tomatoes. In the buckets in the corner, further back, I have a watermelon, a jalapeƱo, and two bell peppers. I am trying different things to see what works the best. Hopefully, I will see some blooms fairly soon.  

Monday, September 27, 2010

Underwood Typewriter Company

Today's picture is from the early 1900's, and shows the exterior of the Underwood Typewriter Company. I love the old delivery truck.

I enjoyed all the comments yesterday about typewriters. It is definitely an era that is coming to an end, but it sounds like there are still a few typewriters being used out there.

The picture below show the interior of the building above.

I find the layout of the office interesting. First, there appears to be a lot of empty space. The desks are spaced out pretty far and there is a large hallway between the rows of desks.

This is another room from the same building.

Again, the people are working in a "bullpen" area, with no dividing walls. Today, I think cubicles are more the norm. Cubicles create the opportunity for people to goof off at work . . . personal phone calls, surfing the WEB, reading magazines, playing tetris and so forth. I wonder if there was more or less goofing off in the office back then. I would bet overall less. 

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Underwood Typewriter

Welcome to Typewriter week. Today's picture was taken in 1918, and it shows a woman next to a state of the art Underwood typewriter.

Today, no typewriters are manufactured. I am curious when the last typewriter was made. I did quiet a bit of research, but was not able to find anything definitive.

I entered the workforce in the mid-1980's. At the time, there was one PC in the building, and it was something of a novelty . . . no one really used it. All letters and memos were hand written, given to a secretary, and then the secretary would type it up for you. It was especially important to be nice to the secretary, to ensure your work was done in a timely manner, and done accurately. By the mid to late 1990's, everyone had a PC. The secretaries still had typewriters, but most everyone typed up their own letters, papers, and memos. 

I can remember in the mid-2000's, offices still had typewriters, but they were used mainly for things like labels, or when it was necessary to put words on non-standard or odd size pieces of paper, like time cards. I would imagine typewriters are still around for that purpose, as it is still difficult to use a computer when you must align to existing things on a piece of paper. One wonders when the last typewriter will be shelved from an office.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Ponies at Atlantic City

Today's picture is from around 1900, and it shows the beach at Atlantic City. Maybe someone can help me, but I think that a pony is pulling the little cart, and the other three are burrows. This will wrap up Pony Week. Hope you all enjoyed it, and hope you will tune in for the Mystery Person Contest in the morning.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Pony and Sled

Today's picture is from 1909, and it shows children on a sled, being pulled by a pony. It looks like 5 children on the sled.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Pony Cart

Good Wednesday morning to you all. It was always the lucky kids who had ponies, so I guess it was the real lucky kids who had not only a pony, but a little pony cart as well. This picture was taken in 1919.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Indian Pony

Today's picture was taken in 1907, and it shows an Indian School Girl and her pony. The picture was taken at Fort Belknap.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Archie Roosevelt

Good Monday morning to you all. This week is "Pony" week here at OPOD, and we are pleased to feature this fine photograph of Archie Roosevelt. Archie was the son of Teddy Roosevelt. The picture was taken in 1903.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Ponies on Atlantic City Beach

Today's picture is from 1900, and it shows some children with ponies on the beach. The picture was taken in Atlantic City. Actually, I had intended for last week to be "Pony" week, but then got side tracked with all the interesting material from Coney Island. So, this week WILL be Pony Week.

Domestic Update:

I have been having lots of fun with the little tractor. Basically, I am using it to try and improve the property areound the house. I have been taking out some of the brush and cactus, and trying to get it where the native grass will come in. The tractor works great, and I can't see how I got along without it.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

Side Show

Today's picture is from 1915, and it shows a "Side Show" at Coney Island. I can remember going to the "Side Shows" or "Freak Shows" which were quiet popular at carnival midways in the 60's and 70's. Today, political correctness has very much reduced the more unusual "Freak" shows. One I went to when I was young had what they dubbed was the "Walrus" man. It was a man with a deformity where he had no arms, but had normal hands growing out of his shoulder. If you went into the show, you could walk up and talk to the guy, and he showed how he could do lots of everyday things in clever ways, using his hands, or his legs and feet. He was a very cheerful and talkative guy, and was happy to answer any questions. Now, this would be considered exploitation. I sort of wonder though. This guy had a serious deformity, but had figured out how to make a living that was not too hard, and he appeared to enjoy the attention and being around people. 

Thursday, September 16, 2010


This picture was taken in the early 1900's at Coney Island. The picture shows a group of Filipinos. It appears that these people are actually some sort of "display" at the theme park. Perhaps a very early version of a reality show.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Domestic Update

OK, I promised you a major domestic update this week, and here it is . . . the day we have all been waiting for has finally arrived . . . I have taken delivery of my new tractor. Yes, I got the Big Dan Tractor Package, including the tractor, front end loader, brush hog, and box blade. Also included in the package was the towing trailer. 

I have always appreciated the support and the advice of all you visitors, so must once again ask you for advise. Should I tell Mrs. PJM I got the tractor, or should I go hide it out behind Chickie Town?

Beach Scene

This is another beach scene picture from Coney Island, taken in the early 1900's. I find it fascinating to zoom in and look at the details in the picture.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Bathers at Coney Island

Today's picture is from the early 1900's, and it shows bathers at Coney Island. As you can see, bathing fashions have changed over the last 100 years or so. 

Monday, September 13, 2010

Beach at Coney Island

Today's picture is a photochrom print made in 1902. It shows bathers at the beach on Coney Island. I like to study the details of the clothing.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Coney Island

Good Sunday Morning to you all. We kick the week off here at OPOD with this picture of children riding ponies on Coney Island. The picture was taken in 1904. I know Coney Island was a big deal for a long time, but don't know what they have going on there now. This is a great picture, and I like looking at all the people and clothes.

Domestic Update:

It was a rough week out in Chickie Town. First, on Tuesday morning, I noticed one of Mis Kitty's baby peacocks was missing. We could not find any sign of it. I did remember hearing an owl that night, so I am afraid that the owl got the baby. Then on Thursday one of our favorite chickies, Miss Nelly, died. It looks like she got egg bound. This sometimes happens when they do not get enough calcium. The feed we give them is a "complete" mix, so should have the calcium that they need. I admit we give them lots of treats, so perhaps they have been eating too many treats and not enough of the real feed. Anyway, I have put some crushed oyster shells out for them, and that should give them plenty of calcium. While we hate to lose the birds, the flock continues.

OK, now I am going to give you a heads up that there will be a major domestic update in the next week. I can not tell you what it is, but can say that at any time I might interrupt normally scheduled programming to bring you a MAJOR news flash. Stay tuned!

Friday, September 10, 2010

George La Blanche

Today we feature a picture from 1885 of undefeated lightweight prizefighting champion George La Blanche. We won 37 matches. However, by 1900 he had fallen on hard times, and was down to rolling drunks for money. In 1903 he was convicted of larceny in Maine and thrown in prison.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Boxing Match

Today's picture is from the early 1900's, and shows a prize fight. One fighter and the announcer can be seen, and a large crown in the background.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Today's tough guy is a boxer, James Corbett. The picture was taken in 1897.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Tough Guy week continues with this photograph from 1918. It shows John Pohl, a famous wrestler of the day. I wonder when wrestling became all fake? I can remember back in the 60 it was pure "entertainment" and all fake. I wonder if the same was true in the late 1800's or early 1900's.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Muscle Man

OK, it is only Monday, and I am already finding myself ready for this week of pictures to be over. I am wondering how I could have ever picked the topic of "Tough Guys" for a week of pictures. Why did I not just go with my instincts and have the theme be "Small Women in Fancy Hats" or something like that? Anyway, bare with me, we have only four pictures to go this week.


Yesterday I mentioned that I bought two cases of Hatch Green Chiles, and had them roasted. When we lived in New Mexico, this time of year there would be Chili Roasters on every corner. There is nothing like the smell of roasting chiles. Here in West Texas, there is usually one weekend the grocery stores will bring in a Chili Roaster and a truck of Chiles from Hatch, New Mexico. Yesterday was the day, and I loaded up. 

Someone asked me to post a picture. Understand that the Chiles are roasted at very high temperature. It burns the waxy skin, and then the burnt skin is pulled off before cooking it, and you are left with the pretty green chili. This is what the Chiles look like when they come out of the roaster.

The Chiles are frozen in zip lock bags just like this. Then throughout the year, you have green chiles. We freeze them with the burnt skin on them, and then take the skin off later, right before using them in a recipe.

We use Green Chiles in everything. Mrs. PJM has a Green Chile Soup that is unbelievable. We also put them on our hamburgers. They are great on scrambled eggs, and they make a spectacular salsa.

In fact, I am having one now on my Victory Breakfast Sandwich, which is made with fresh Chickie Town eggs, home cured Canadian Bacon, real cheddar cheese, and of course, Hatch Green Chiles.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Tough Guy

Welcome to Tough Guy Week here at OPOD. We kick things off today with this picture of Eugen Sandow. The picture was taken in 1894. Eugen was a Prussian, and is remembered as the father of modern bodybuilding.

OK, so I won the mystery person contest yesterday. I am really sort of surprised, because you all usually get it when it is an actress. It turns out the person in the picture was Stacia Napierkowska. She was big back in the day, and stared in over 90 silent films. She was from France, and was arrested in the US in 1913 during one of her performances for being indecent. The article on the arrest can be seen here:

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Game Day

Today is Mystery Person Contest Day. You have to figure out who this is. Ready, Set, Go!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Lillian Russell

Today's picture was taken in 1898, and shows the actress Lillian Welsh. She was 37 at the time the picture was taken. This photo could have made it into Fancy Hat Week, or Pretty Lady Week, and maybe even into Fancy Dress Week. 

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Maude Adams

Today's picture was taken in 1895, and shows Maude Adams. She was a famous actress of the late 1800's and early 1900's. She was most remembered for her portrayal of Peter Pan.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Mary Pickford

Famous Actress Week would not be complete without a picture of Mary Pickford. The picture looks like it was taken on a ship. The man in the picture . . . well, that would be Douglas Fairbanks.