Friday, November 30, 2012

Straw Hat

Finally, a hat that I like. I think that this simple straw hat and simple clothes are the most attractive that we have seen all week. Certainly this is a posed picture of a model dressed as a peasant woman, but nonetheless we can see that a person can still look nice in simple clothes.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Feather Hat

This hat is obviously got some sort of large bird feather in it . . . I wonder what bird the feather comes from. It really looks to be a very big feather.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Big Hat

This hat has an unusual look to it. It looks like an oversized man's hat. I really don't know how to describe it, but it really is not that attractive to me.

Monday, November 26, 2012


As you know, this is Lady's Hat Week. I certainly will have interesting hats for you to look at every day, but to be honest, I am already running out of things to say, and it is only Monday. Every hat I look at, I think the same thing . . . why would someone waste so much time, effort, and money on such a useless thing, and I wonder what happens when it is windy. So maybe someone with more style and refinement can comment on the particular details of the hat.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Fancy Hat

Ladies Hat week continues with this monstrosity. I would be lying if I did not tell you I don't get this whole high fashion thing. Why would someone invest SO much time, money, and effort to look like this? Does it really matter that much. Can you imagine how inconvenient it would be to wear a thing like this. Do you take it off when you get in the car? Do you have people travel with you to go chase your hat down when it blows off? I mean, this is really over the top to me.


Long time OPOD visitors know that I enjoy being as self reliant as possible. We have a greenhouse where we grow all our own vegetables and spices, and we get our eggs from Chickie Town, located in the back yard. In cases where we do not grow things, we like to make things starting from the most basic ingredients possible. So, last week I acquired a 50 pound bag of Blue Corn, and wanted to see what I could do with it. The corn is Heirloom variety, meaning it is not the genetically modified or hybrid kind.

I was very pleased with the quality and cleanness of the corn. All big plump pretty kernels. I took a cup and ground it in our Wolfgang Grain Mill. It made a really nice measure of Blue Cornmeal. I then used the cornmeal to make cornbread, and yes, you end up with blue cornbread!

The cornbread turned out great, and was exploding with flavor. When you grind grain right before you use it, you get sensational flavor not present with prepackaged flour or meal. The broccoli was grown in the greenhouse. The brisket was bought, but I do have a smoker for cooking them. This was a delicious meal, and one I enjoyed growing some of the ingredients for, and making the rest from scratch. 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Hat Week

As promised, this is going to be Women's Hat Week here at OPOD. We start with this magnificent specimen of a hat which looks like a fish. The woman also has what looks like a fish shaped handbag to match the hat. I do not claim to be a fashion aficionado, but I will say this just is not working for me. I just can not see someone picking this particular outfit out at the store.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Coal Miner

We wrap up Rugged Man week with this picture of a Coal Miner. The picture was taken in 1937 in Birmingham  Alabama.

Thursday, November 22, 2012


Anyone with a wrench this big deserves to be featured in Rugged Man week. This picture is from 1920, and the man is a mechanic who works is repairing a steam pump. Truly, scenes like this are what made America great. 

Hope you all have a Blessed Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Rugged Man week continues with these fine specimens. It would be hard to imagine any men more rugged than lumberjacks. The picture was taken in 1901, and you can see the enormous size of trees they had to chop down. I wonder how long it would take to cut a tree like that down.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Pancho Villa

Did you really think we would make it through "Rugged Man" week without seeing a picture of Pancho Villa? Pancho Villa was considered by some a Bandit and Outlaw, and by others a Freedom Fighter, Populist Leader, and President of Northern Mexico. Regardless of where you come down on this question, you must admit that he deserves to be featured here this week. This picture of him was taken in 1914.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Samuel Hamilton Walker

Don't let his nice clothes and boyish face fool you, Samuel Hamilton Walker was a Texas Range and fierce fighter. As a Texas Ranger in the first half of the 1800's, Walker recognized the need for a sidearm with more firepower for fighting from horseback. He met with Samuel Colt and described his idea for a more pistol that packed a more powerful punch. Colt took his ideas, and created the famed Colt Walker, the most powerful sidearm of the day.

Walker died in Battle in Huamantla, Mexico in 1847. Some reports say that he died with a Colt Walker in each hand.

Friday, November 16, 2012


Ah, back in the day when our president wore a Stetson, and carried a couple of Colt Peacemakers. To be honest, Truman was Senator when this picture was taken he was not yet president. Nonetheless, it is a pretty impressive picture of Truman.

Today wraps up Hat Week . . . I am thinking of two things for next week, either Women's Hats or Rugged Men week.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Middle East

Today's picture was taken in 1921 in Amman, Jordan. Hat wise, it gives us a lot to look at. The man in the center is Herbert Samuel, and he is wearing a dashing British style hat, but I don't know what it is called. I have a hat shaped like that, and it is a wonderful hat to wear in the sun. It keeps the head very cool, and allows air to circulate around the top of the head much better than other hats. Mrs. PJM asks that I not wear it, however, as she feels it makes me look like a "Dufus". However, when she is not around, I will wear it to town.

The small man to the left of Samuel is Lawrence of Arabia, looking very much out of character in a western business suit and felt hat. To the right of Samuel is King Abdula.

Overall, a very interesting picture!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Western Style

Hat week continues with this picture of a man in a Western Hat. The hat appears to be a straw hat. He has an overall western style to his dress and appearance. I am not even sure what you call the style tie he has, but you don's see those any more.

I have been enjoying the comments and it looks like I am not the only one who wishes hats would make a comeback. I think many men would like to wear a hat, but are afraid of being ridiculed. One of the things I have notices while traveling in Africa is that it is a place where you can wear the hat you always wanted to without feat of being ridiculed. I saw people wearing the military style caps that have the canvas flaps in the back to protect the neck. I saw the Australian style hat, with the side brim pinned up to the hat. There is a guy that wears the little round hat that looks like a pill box with no brim at all. There were even some people wearing huge brimmed cowboy hats. So, I guess people go to Africa sometimes to wear the hat of their dreams.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Cowboy Hat

Hat Week continues here at OPOD with this picture of Buffalo Bill. Say what you will, the man had a nice collection of hats. The thing about Buffalo Bill, he wore both facial hair and hats many men would aspire to, but do not have the courage to take on. In this picture I admire both the hat and the distinctive beard and mustache.


You asked for it, so here it is . . . an official Chickie Town Update. For those of you who are new followers of the Blog, Chickie Town is the area behind our house where we have chickens. We have chickens because I once dreamed of being a Gentleman Farmer, and it was felt that chickens around the house would help to create that Gentleman Farmer ambiance. So, we have had a flock of chickens for several years. The initial flock of chickens dwindled down over time. Chickens don't live a real long time, and periodically you lose one to one thing or another. Our initial dozen chickens got down to being a flock of about five, so last spring we ordered another dozen chickens. We lost a couple of those when they were small, so now we have 5 of the old group and 10 new ones. They are all laying eggs, and we are getting spectacluar amounts of delicious farm fresh eggs every day.

You will also recall we had peacocks in Chickie Town. Initially Handsome Jack and Lovie moved into Chickie Town. They really hit it off well, and sparks flew, and before you knew it, our peacock herd had grown to number 22. It was about at that time that the neighbors started to complain. To be more specific "A" neighbor singular began to complain. The peacocks do scream at night, sometimes every ten minutes or so all night long. The neighbor said it was disturbing her sleep. The other neighbors enjoyed having the peacocks, and they were something of a local attraction, with people coming from all over to come and show their kids and take pictures of the birds. I felt the neighbor was not being reasonable, as the peacocks combined made less noise than her donkeys, hound dogs, and goats, but I believe in being a good neighbor, and so made alternative arrangements for Handsome, Lovie and their brood. The flock was relocated to the Sonora Caverns. This is a tourist attraction visited by hundreds of people a day. The peacocks live in the park where the caverns are. The lady takes good care of them and gives them lots of treats, and the tourists love them. So, things ended up happy, but we do miss our birds. I will say that during the relocation process, there were two peacocks we could not catch, so Jacob and Esau still live in Chickie Town. They miss their famliy, but have become part of the chicken family.

Saturday, November 10, 2012


Welcome to Hat Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at the almost lost fashion statement of Men's Hats. Today, men pretty much don't wear hats, except maybe baseball caps, or sometimes gansta style skull caps. If the truth were known, I think many men would like to wear hats, but feel like they would be laughed at. I think it is time we bring Men's hats back. The picture below is an exceptional example of a fine man's hat. I know I have used this picture before, but feel it is of such astounding quality, it is worth looking at again. You see, I think lots of men would secretly desire to wear such a hat, but simply do not have the nerve to.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Driving into the Sunset

We say good bye to Indian Technology Week today with this picture of a group of Indians riding in a Toledo Automobile. The picture was taken in 1905.

Well, the Evil Nate Maas continues to pester this blog by raising doubts in people's mind about the goings on in Chickie Town. Maybe I will have a domestic update on Sunday to catch people up on things. Then, hopefully Nate will go back to being a nuisance somewhere else. Oh, and notice DADD did come back to his good senses and posted yesterday. No one really wants to be on Nate's side on this.

Thursday, November 8, 2012


Today's picture shows a Crow Indian family inside a Tipi. The picture was taken in 1906 in Montana. The woman has a sewing machine, and her entire family looks well dressed.

Well, the nonsense coming out of the Evil Nate Maas continues to escalate, with him going so far as to put spam links to his site in the comments yesterday. He also has drug the lovely Miss EAM into the feud by posting some of our private Christmas Card photographs. He appears to be successfully turning a few weak willed OPOD followers over to the dark side. Will he stop at nothing in his attempts to destroy me? The sisters Grime have remained strangely silent this time around.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Today's picture shows an Indian's voice being captured by an early recording device. This picture was taken in 1916, and was part of an ethnology study associated with Native Americans.

The Great Rebellion of '12 appears to continue and potentially even grow in strength as the Evil Nate Maas continues to promote a Comment Embargo on this blog. Of course, he is letting his "useful minions" do his dirty work for him, as he sits over on the sidelines and chuckles. It appears that DADD has come completely under his cunning mind control techniques. DADD, once our most prolific early morning commenter has not gone silent. Those associated with this insurrection have not even clearly communicated their demands or intents. A very sad world we live in.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Indians Riding in Car

Today's picture shows a Native American family taking a ride in a car. The picture was taken in 1916 in the Pacific Northwest. An interesting an unusual picture.

I fear the Evil Nate Maas is up to his old tricks again, and it looks like he is trying to organize a Comment Embargo in response to my one day Picture Embargo in response to your lethargic comments one day. As is his MO, he is working through others to do his dirty work, and apparently has drawn long time "first every morning" commenter DADD into his evil scheme. At first I tried to ignore this, but it is clear further action will be required. The alleged complaint by this mounting insurrection is the lack of domestic updates related to Chickie Town. Well, there have been some changes out in Chickie Town, and I am hesitant to share them as they might offend large portions of long time OPOD readers.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Indian Sewing

This is an intriguing picture from 1904, which shows a Native American woman in camp by the side of a lake, operating a modern sewing machine.  The sewing machine looks so out of place in the picture. You have to wonder what the story behind this scene is.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Indian Recording

Indian Technology week continues here at OPOD with this wonderful picture of an Indian in the Southwest making a recording of his voice. The man pictured is Miguelito, and he is Navajo. No other details on the picture are available.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Indians and Technology

I heard an interesting old song the other day called "Geronimo's Cadillac" sung by Hoyt Axton. Got me to wondering if Geronimo had ever ridden in a car, and the answer was yes. The picture above shows Geronimo driving a Locomobile. So, this week I hope to bring you interesting early pictures of Native Americans with unusual technology.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Old Shack

Today's picture shows a Black Family in front of their cabin. It looks to be a log-style cabin, but the roof appears to be in very bad shape. I think one good wind, and the roof would be gone. The picture was taken in 1914 near Sothern Pines, North Carolina.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Mountain Family

Today's picture features a Tennessee Mountain Family behind their cabin. If I am not mistaken, this looks to be the same family featured in Sunday's picture, just on the other side of the cabin. I love how it looks like Granny might be carrying a Kentucky Long Rifle!