Thursday, July 31, 2014

Child's Haircut

Today we feature a picture of a child getting an outdoor haircut. The picture was taken in 1936, so I would imagine that a professional haircut was a luxury most people could not afford.

Interestingly, I have not gotten a professional haircut in over 25 years. Ages ago I got the robocut system, and cut my own hair. It is a nice clipper system hooked to a vacuum. It has a spacer that lets you precisely set the length the cut will be. So you just set the length, run it over the top, then set it a little shorter, and do the sides, and then  my wife cleans up the edges with scissors. The whole thing takes under ten minutes. I went to this not so much to save money, but just the hassle.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

San Antonio Barber

Today's picture shows a barber and his shop in San Antonio. The picture was taken in 1939. Interestingly, the price of a haircut was ten cents. I can remember growing up in the 1960's, and I remember a haircut being a dollar. So roughly a 10X increase in 30 years. I am really not sure what the average price for a man's haircut is today, but I would be around $20. So in the last 40 years or so, a whopping 20X increase in price. Hmmm . . . If I am now around 50, and lets say I live to be 80 or so, by that time I will be paying $400 for a haircut? That is sort of scary. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Today's picture is from around 1900, and it shows an old time barber shop. The picture was taken in New York City. Interesting to note it looks like they already have electric lights.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Old Barber Shop

Today's picture shows an old Barber Shop in New Jersey. The picture was taken in 1938. It looks like a pretty small establishment, probably an independently owned shop with one barber.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Hair Cut

This is a great hair cut picture from 1943. The picture was taken in a logging camp in Maine. The camp was 35 miles from the nearest real barber, so the workers would give each other hair cuts. The guy seems to be doing a pretty good job!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Barber Shop

Welcome to Barber Shop Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at the Old School men's barbershops. These too seem to have quickly disappeared. They have been replaced by these large Supercut type places that cut women, children and men's hair. The old Barber Shops were places men gathered to discuss politics, business and the weather. I can remember growing up going to places like this one. Another nice little part of life that has faded away.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Milk Bottle Diner

Talk about an out of the ordinary eatery . . . this diner is shaped like a milk bottle. I am curious how this came about. Some guy is sitting somewhere and gets an idea . . . I can make a diner shaped like a milk bottle. In any event, it adds interest to life when all cafes are not shaped the same.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


If there is anything even more gone than the old independently owned diners, it is the Drive-Ins. The Malt Shop above is reminiscent of many drive ins I can remember from my childhood. We had "Nita's". It served hamburgers, fries, milk shakes, malts, lime aids and all types of good things. There was no place to sit inside, and you drove up and ate in your car, or at outside picnic tables. I guess the Sonic chains are drive-ins, but really no at all the same.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Diner Patrons

Today's picture features the interior of the White Crystal Diner, which we showed the outside of yesterday. This picture has all the elements that I remember from these old diners . . . hand written menu on the wall, countertop and stools, big coffee makers and the like. I bet they served home made pie as well. Yes, it is sad that these places have pretty much been displaced by McDonald's and Burger Kings.

Monday, July 21, 2014

White Crystal Diner

Today's picture features the White Crystal Diner. It was in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey.

Yesterday Sue mentioned in the comments that she orders BLT and Milkshake at diners. I had forgotten about the BLT. Yes, that is one of my favorite menu items as well.

I do miss these old diners. We really don't have any left in this area. They have pretty much all been displaced by the big chain places.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Diner Interior

Today we take a look at the interior of the Day and Night Diner which we shows an exterior view of yesterday. The picture shows all the things you remember from these old diners. I am going to bet they served pretty good burgers and milk shakes.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Old Diner

Welcome to Diner and Drive In Week here at OPOD. We will be reminiscing about the old days where restaraunts were primarily independently owned, offering consumers a vast array of food choices. I hope you will be sharing your memories of fine food and fun, and perhaps shout out to some remaining hold outs that still offer such a dining experience.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Hebron Hospital

Today's picture is from 1944, and it shows a hospital in Hebron. My how technology has advanced since then. Interestingly though, in many parts of the world, this would be considered modern.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Nursing Class

This is a really interesting image to me. It is from around 1935. It is a nursing  class at the Scots Mission hospital in Tiberias. Really a stunning image.

Saturday, July 12, 2014


Welcome to Nurse Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at these Angels of Mercy over the last hundred years or so. We start with this picture from 1938. It shows a nurse from the Anna Spafford Baby Home in Jerusalem handing out bread in the city to old people during the Arab Siege of that year. The city was under attack and just about shut down, and these nurses brought great comfort and relief to many residents of the city.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Neil Armstrong

I think that any week looking at great men would not be complete without including Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk upon the moon. I can remember the Apollo Program back the 1960 and early 1970's. Wow, what an exciting time to be growing up. There was such hope and enthusiasm in the country, and the space program highlighted some of the greatest things about the country. I can remember watching on TV as Neil Armstrong left the capsule and took the first steps on the moon.

It is funny how time slips away, as they say. Of the 12 men who walked on the moon, 8 are still living and they are getting up in their 80's. Neil passed away in 2012.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Deaf Smith

We follow up yesterday's picture of Sam Houston with today's picture of the "Eyes and Ears of the Texas Revolution", the incredibly interesting Erastus Smith. Smith, while known as the eyes and ears of Texas was deaf and blind in one eye. He was the right hand man of Sam Houston, and his most trusted scout, spy, and confidant. It was "Deaf" Smith who captured two Mexican Couriers just prior to the Battle of San Jacinto, and got the information from them that Santa Anna himself was camped nearby in a vulnerable position. Also, it was Smith who was sent behind enemy lines to burn the bridge that would be Santa Anna'a only means of escape minutes before the battle.

Smith and Sam Houston did not always see eye-to-eye on everything, and Smith often felt that all of Houston's rules and regulations were holding his work back in the area of spying and scouting. Below is a description of one of the encounters between Houston and Deaf Smith, as told by Sam Houston himself:
This is given as related by the general (Houston) himself. Smith came in, greatly fatigued, and somewhat exasperated. He repaired to the general's quarters, and said he wished to have a little talk with him. Said he: " General, you are very kind to these Mexicans; I like kindness, but you are too kind — you won't allow me to kill any of them. If a man meets two of the enemy, and is not allowed to kill either, by the time he takes one and ties him, the other gets off so far, that it is very fatiguing on a horse to catch him; and I wish you would let me manage things in my own way." Houston told him not to be cruel, but that he must be his own judge of the necessity of securing such of the enemy as might be taken by him. Smith nodded his head —for he was a man of few words—and retired.

Saturday, July 5, 2014


This week we are going to look at some great leaders and great men. We start with this picture of Eisenhower speaking to the paratroopers on the eve of the Normandy invasion. These men are about to be dropped behind enemy lines in what Eisenhower knew, and what they knew would likely be a suicide mission. Within 24 hours most of the men in the picture had been killed or severely wounded. The men were under no misconception of the danger they were facing. I am amazed at the quiet determination on their faces as they prepare for such a mission.

In looking at a picture like this I am really struck by how lightly we take our freedom these days and how quickly we have forgotten the price paid by men like these.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Lake Gogebic

We are wrapping up Vacation Week here at OPOD with this picture. It looks like these guys had a pretty productive day. The picture was taken in the late 1800's at Lake Gogebic in Michigan. I like the little canoe chair. I have not seen one of those before, but it looks like it would be better than sitting in a typical canoe all day.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Afternoon Boating

Today's pictures shows some people enjoying a leisurely afternoon boating. The picture was taken in Garfield Park in Chicago, Illinois. The picture was made in 1909. That is sure a grand building in the background. I wonder if it is a private home or some sort of business.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Afternoon Boating

Today we have a nice picture of people enjoying a leisurely afternoon of boating. The picture was taken in 1900 near Berkshire England. I looks like it is set up to make it very easy for people to get on and off the boat.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


There is perhaps no better way to relax in summertime than taking a little time out for fishing. These folks are fishing in Maine, which is a beautiful state. The picture was taken in the early 1900's. I wonder if any of our OPOD visitors have fond memories of fishing to share?