Sunday, June 30, 2013


Jewelry Week continues here at OPOD with this picture of a Silversmith. The picture was taken in 1915, and the man is  Navajo Indian.

Saturday, June 29, 2013


Welcome to Jewelry Week here at OPOD! We will be looking at Jewelry and Jewelers all week long. We start with this picture from the late 1800's. I am really not sure the significance of all the jewelry, but it certainly is elaborate.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Louisiana Roadhouse

Today's picture shows a Roadhouse in Raceland, Louisiana. The picture was taken in 1938. This shows an interesting thing . . . it appears that somewhere between 1900 and 1938, "Roadhouses" went from being places you ate and spent the night to places where you drank and danced. So, I am not sure exactly how the term Roadhouse evolved over that time, but you can see its meaning clearly changed.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Roadhouse on the Yukon River

Today's picture shows Haly's Roadhouse on the Yukon River in Alaska. The roadhouse is the log cabin looking structure in the center of the picture. The picture was taken around 1900.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Fairbanks Alaska

Today's picture shows another Alaska Roadhouse. This picture was taken in Fairbanks, Alaska. You can see the customers dog sleds parked outside. The picture was taken in 1916.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Valdez, Alaska

Today's picture shows a Roadhouse outside of Valdez, Alaska. The picture was taken in about 1900. Lots of interesting details if you zoom in and look at the various people in the picture.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Waffle House

We continue our look at roadside eateries today with this picture of the Two Girls Waffle House. The picture was taken around 1900 in Anchorage Alaska. Hard to imagine that you could get fresh waffles in Anchorage at this time.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Fairbanks Roadhouse

This is an old picture of a roadhouse on the Fairbanks to Valdez trail in Alaska. The weeds have grown up in the front, so am wondering if this was the off season.

Saturday, June 22, 2013


Welcome to Roadhouse Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at Roadhouses from a hundred years ago. As I understand it, a Roadhouse was an establishment at which travelers could stop and have a meal, or spend the night. They were privately owned establishments, and usually part of a working farm or other business. The picture above was taken around 1900 in Alaska.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Drill Bit

Today's picture shows roughnecks getting ready to change the drill bit. You can see that the drill stem they are working on has the drill bit connected to the bottom of it. This means that this is the very lower piece of drill stem. You can see the other pieces of drill stem racked up just behind them. This would indicate that they have just "Come Out of the Hole". This is a process where each segment of drill stem is brought out and disconnected. Coming Out of the Hole is one of the toughest job on the rig, as you have to make connection after connection in rapid succession. Then, after changing the bit, you have to put it all back together.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Making Connection

This picture shows oilfield roughnecks making a connection, or connecting a new piece of drill stem into the top of the long string of drill stem. The tongs seen in the picture are like huge pipe wrenches to tighten the two pieces of drill stem together. I find it amazing that the one guy is actually smoking a pipe while doing this job. I can think of lots of ways that could not end well.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Drill Stem

This is a picture from a Rig Floor where the roughnecks are adding a segment of drill stem. As you continue to drill deeper and deeper, you have to continue to add more sections to the drill stem. You can see the segment that is suspended is being added. You can also see the threads which will be used to screw the two pieces together.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Rig Floor

Today's picture shows a worker on the rig floor. His foot is on a segment of drill stem. Each segment of drill stem is 30 feet long. He has his hands on the "Tongs" which are an enormous set of pipe wrenches, suspended in the air by chains and cables. You can see another rig immediately in the background.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Coming Out of the Hole

This picture is a nice illustration of why it is so dangerous to work on oil rigs. You can see that there are many places to smash your hands and fingers, many things that can fall on you, and many things you can fall off of. Basically a lot of very big parts moving in lots of directions all around you.

As far as what is happening in the picture . . . my best guess is that they are Coming Out of the Hole here. Periodically, the drill bit has to be changed. The drill bit, of course, is at the bottom of the hole, so they have to remove each piece of 30 ft drill stem one at a time. I believe that is what they are doing here. Someone who was worked on rigs more than me can probably say with more certainty what they are doing.

Sunday, June 16, 2013


Today's picture is from the Oil Boom in Kilgore, Texas in 1939. It shows a roughneck getting a drink of water. The job of Roughneck has always been one of the hardest and most dangerous jobs out there. There are a lot of big things moving very quickly on a rig floor, and one moment of carelessness can lead to disaster.

Saturday, June 15, 2013


Welcome to Wildcatter Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at old pictures of the oil boom in Texas. The Oil Boom is really a great story, and it continues to this day. The picture above is from one of the early really big oil fields, in Kilgore Texas. The picture was taken in 1939.

Friday, June 14, 2013

American Soldier Hands Out Candy

Today's picture is from 1944, and it shows an American GI handing out candy after the liberation of France. What an iconic image! This is probably my favorite picture of the week.

Thursday, June 13, 2013


Today's picture was taken in 1921, and it shows a woman handing out Salt Water Taffy. We have not talked much about Taffy this week. Taffy is one of those candies that is OK, but usually not the first thing you would pick if you had a choice.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Chocolate Vendor

Today's picture is from the early 1900's and it shows a young man selling candy. He is working the train station in Norway. I like how back in the day people dressed neatly, even for simple jobs like this. Plus, Norway has some pretty good candy.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Making Chocolate Candy

This is another picture from the chocolate factory we looked at yesterday. This picture shows some sort of machine that looks like it might cut up and wrap the chocolate. 

I have been enjoying the comments and being reminded of good candy bars I have had in my life. In almost all cases, I would rather have a good old standard candy bar from the store than those fancy chocolates people sometimes give you in boxes. In almost all cases I think the Hershey bars are better chocolate than those chocolate pieces with sweet flavored syrup in the middle.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Chocolate Factory

We all have seen Willie Wonka and the Chocolate factory. Today's picture shows a real chocolate factory. The picture was taken in Israel in 1939. The factory was created by the American Colony in Jerusalem. I think I would enjoy the job this woman has, which was to wrap the chocolates. I would be very diligent in testing the chocolate and would eat any pieces that were inadvertently dropped and broken.

I continue to get reminded of good candies with your comments. I think DADD pointed out the Bit-o-Honey. That was always one of my favorites. Also, someone brought up the Cherry Mash, which I had forgotten about. Also, I would like to know your least favorite candy and why. My least favorite was the 3 musketeer because it had no nuts, and that whipped filling was more sweet than anything else. 

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Chocolate Advertisement

Today's picture is from 1886, and it is from an advertisement for Owl Chocolate. The picture shows a woman enjoying one of the candies. Like most people, I really like chocolate, but I do not eat it very much. I do not find it very satisfying . . . if I eat a piece, immediately I want another piece. I could eat a whole box of Hershey bars in one sitting. I did enjoy listening to all favorite candies you all have. It brought back memories of those different candy bars. As I mentioned Big Hunks are one of my favorites, and I am not so big on the 3 muskateer bar, because I don't like the fluffy interior, and would like to have some nuts. I do really like the almond joy, but again, I could eat the whole box in one sitting.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Kids in a Candy Store

Welcome to Candy Week here at OPOD. We will spend the week looking at people enjoying candy. Today's picture was taken in 1941, and it shows a classic view of children in a candy store. I can remember growing up in the 1960's, a really good candy bar would be about 5 or ten cents. Now the same thing would be well over a dollar. Now days I don't eat much candy, but if I were going to get a candy bar, I would get a Big Hunk. I like them because they taste very good, and take a long time to eat. OK, lets see if we can learn what everyone else likes, and lets see if there is a favorite candy bar among our readers. So, please share what your favorite candy bar is.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Cuban Family

Today's picture is from 1904, and it shows a wealthy Cuban family in a carriage. I find it interesting that the carriage driver is riding the horse. I have not seen that type of setup before.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Cigar Factory

Today we have a photograph of a Cigar Factory in Havana, Cuba. Wow, I am surprised by how small their work space is. I would have thought they would have each needed more counter space,  but I am sure they knew what they were doing. Ah yes, good old cuban cigars. Hope we can legally get them here some day.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Plaza de Luz

Today's picture shows the Plaza de Luz in Havana, Cuba. The picture was taken in the late 1800's. The Regla Ferry is in the background. Looks like it was a busy place.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Havana Docks

Today's picture shows the boat docks at Havana, Cuba. The picture was taken in 1904. It looks like this was a booming area back then.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Vegetable Stand

Today's picture shows a vegetable stand in the Mercado Tocon in Havana. The picture was taken in 1904. I am not sure what type of melons those are in the foreground.

Sunday, June 2, 2013


Havana Week continues here at OPOD with this picture of a horse drawn cart. The picture was taken on a street in Havana in 1900. 

So we got some interesting comments yesterday related to the political situation between US and Cuba. I am not up on all the details of issues, but I do know that I enjoy a good cigar. I will smoke maybe two or three cigars a year, so I don't smoke that many, but I do know that the Cuban cigars are the best. They have a very distinct flavor different from all others. It is a shame we can not get them here, and my Cuban smoking is limited to the times I am out of the country. Lift the Embargo! Let us have good Cuban Cigars in this country!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Meat Wagon

Welcome to Havana week here at OPOD. We will be looking at old photographs of the city of Havana, Cuba. Because of the various embargoes and restrictions, it is hard to visit Havana these days, so we will take a virtual tour with old photographs. Today's picture was taken in 1903, and it shows a meat wagon used to deliver meat.