Sunday, August 31, 2014

Dodge Ball

Today's picture shows an old fashioned game of Dodge Ball. The picture was taken on a playground in 1910. You can see some swing sets in the background.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Merry Go Round

Welcome to Playground Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at old pictures showing days gone by when children would actually play outside. We start with this picture from around 1920, which shows a Merry Go Round. This was a key piece of equipment on the playground when I was growing up, but you do not see them too much any more. I hope you all will share your favorite playground memories this week.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Outdoor School

We wrap up Back to School Week with this picture of students studying outdoors. The picture was taken in 1939 in Oregon, and it looks like the entire school decided to take advantage of the sunshine and learn outside for the day.

Thursday, August 28, 2014


Today's picture shows two students in a one room school. The picture was taken in New Mexico in 1943, so I guess the tradition of one room schools was still alive at that time. The truth is that it does not take that much infrastructure to give a child a good education. We home schooled our daughter all the way through, and she had no trouble adapting to college, and in fact graduated college at the top of her class. I think the key to a good education is discipline and high expectations. I am very fortunate that the school where I teach still has both discipline and high expectations. The students thrive in that environment.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

School House

This is a picture of an old one room school house. While the board walls do not look like they would offer much resistance to keep the cold out, I bet that pot bellied stove kept it nice and toasty in there. The picture was taken in 1916. The picture was taken in Kentucky, and during planting or harvest seasons, many students would not come to school because the family needed them to help work in the fields.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dunce Cap

Today's picture is from 1905 and it shows a student with the "Dunce Cap". The dunce cap was a form of punishment of making a student wear a silly hat for acting out of line. When I was growing up I can not remember anyone using a dunce cap, but I can remember teachers would spank students in the classroom as needed.

Monday, August 25, 2014

One Room School

Today's picture features an old One Room School. The picture was taken in Colorado in 1905. Back in the day, all grade levels were taught in the same room. Can you imagine teaching all grade levels all subjects as one teacher in one room? Pretty amazing, and these people got exceptional educations.

OK, today is the first day back at school for me. I will be teaching Algebra II, PreCalculus, Calculus, Engineering I, Engineering II, Engineering III, and Engineering IV. Should be a pretty busy day!

Sunday, August 24, 2014


Do you remember your favorite part of school? Mine was recess. This was back when we had fun equipment on the playground, you know, the kind you could get hurt on. The picture above shows a playground around 1900. It looks like hey are on a seesaw, but I am not sure what the structure in the background is.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Wheat Harvest

Today's picture shows the Wheat Harvest. The picture was taken in Ohio in 1938. This farmer is still doing things the old fashioned way with horses. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Today's picture shows harvest time at a farm in Ohio. The wheat has been gathered and they are now running it through the thresher. The thresher separates the grain from the stalk. The threshing machine is sort of hidden behind the wagons of wheat stalks, but you can see it is being powered from a large belt connected to the tractor.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Grain Harvest

Today's picture shows a grain harvest in the 1930's. I am not sure what the piece of equipment does, but I think it separates the grain from the stubble. Maybe a farmer out there could shed more light on the piece of equipment shown.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Harvesting Oats

Today's picture shows some farmers harvesting oats. The picture was taken in 1940. At this time lots of folks were still using mules or horses for farming, so this was pretty good to have a nice tractor and combine at this point in time. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Corn Harvest

Today's picture is from 1940, and it shows a couple of men harvesting the corn crop using two horses. The picture was taken in New Mexico. By this time many farms were moving to tractors and more mechanization.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Fall Harvest

Today's picture shows an incredible view of a fall harvest. It looks like over 30 horses teamed up to pull this harvester. I did not know such large teams were ever used. The picture is from the early 1900's, and was taken near Spokane, Washington.

Saturday, August 16, 2014


Welcome to Harvest Week here at OPOD. With summer coming to an end, it is harvest time for many people. This picture is from 1943, and it shows a worker harvesting lettuce.

Interesting to hear how many people had gardens this year, and how your harvest is going.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Soda Fountain

We wrap up ice cream week with this picture from 1936 of a Soda Fountain. This looks like a float the young man is serving up. When I was growing up, the local drug store had soda fountains that served all types of treats, and the floats were the best.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Good Humor Man

Today's picture shows children buying ice cream from the Good Humor Ice Cream Man. The picture was taken in 1942. I can remember Ice Cream trucks like this when I was a child. I have not seen an ice cream truck in a long time, so I don't know if many of them are around any more.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Today's picture was taken in 1943, and it shows a welder enjoying an ice  cream after work. the picture was taken in the Bethlehem shipyard in Baltimore, Maryland.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Ice Cream Truck

Today's picture is from 1918, and it shows an old Ice Cream Truck. The picture was taken in Washington DC.

I can remember growing up in the 1960's we had a milk man that delivered milk a couple times a week. In addition to milk, his truck was filled with all types of delicious ice cream treats. The eskimo pies and ice cream bars were really good.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Ice Cream Parlor

Today's picture is from 1910, and it shows an Ice Cream Parlor. It is reminiscent of the old drug stores I can remember from my childhood. The drug stores had an ice cream bar where they served up all types of delicious treats like milk shakes, ice cream, banana splits and floats. 

I guess there are still places like Baskin Robins around today, but to me the prices are insane, and would be a barrier to me taking my family out for ice cream. A single scoop of ice cream now days would be $2.50, so something like a banana split would be $10. For a family of 3 to go out for a banana split, it would be $30. That is not pocket change. So, yes things were cheaper when I was a child, and yes, people made a lot less, but my perception is that most people could go out for ice cream and it not be a big deal. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Ice Cream Man

Today's pictures show the ice cream man. He is selling Eskimo Pies for a nickel. I can remember being able to buy an ice cream bar for a nickel. I also remember how good the eskimo pies were back then . . . much better than the junk they sell nowadays. The picture was taken in 1938.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Ice Cream

We have a little bit of summer time still left, so this week is going to be Ice Cream week. We start with this picture from Osage, West Virginia. The women are making old time ice cream with one of those hand cranked wooden buckets. I think these things make the best ice cream. Now days they have those canisters you put in the freezer to freeze so you don't have to fool with the ice and salt, but I don't think they get the ice cream frozen enough.

I hope you will share your home made ice cream memories. My favorite type is peach, from fresh home grown peaches. There is nothing better!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Cowboy Week

We wrap up Cowboy Week with this picture of a cowboy and his horse. The picture was taken in 1939 near Spur, Texas.

I hope you have enjoyed this week's pictures. I have enjoyed your comments and will try to come up with a good theme for next week.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Group of Cowboys

Today's picture shows a group of 17 cowboys. The vests, bandanas, boots and cowboy hats are reminiscent of our classic images of cowboys. DADD pointed out in yesterday's post that none of the men had guns, and that is true today as well. It is very unusual to see a picture of a real cowboy with a six shooter.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Branding Cattle

I really like this picture from 1905. It shows cowboys out on the range branding cattle. You can see the herd in the background, along with an old wooden windmill. This is a wonderful picture of old time cattle ranching. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Cowboys on the Range

This is a great picture showing cowboys out on the range. The picture is from 1905. The cowboys have a herd of mustangs they are tending to. Love the pictures of the old wide open west.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Cowboy Camp

Today's picture shows an authentic Cowboy Camp from the late 1800's. I love the picture of the men having breakfast and coffee as they get ready for the workday. The chuckwagon is there, and you can see their horses. It looks like from the landscape that they had to bring their firewood along with them, as I see no trees in the area.

As far as yesterday's picture goes. My favorite guess as to what he was doing was checking email. But, I think the correct answer is that he is rolling a cigarette. I am pretty sure it would have been a Bull Durham. Love all the cowboy pictures, and you your comments.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Working Cowboy

Today's picture shows a working cowboy. The picture was taken in 1934 near Amarillo, Texas. Now we must speculate . . . what is he doing.

You can suggest your own theories, but I am pretty sure I know what he is doing. Submit your theories in comments, and I will tell you my theory tomorrow.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Old Cowboy

Welcome to Cowboy Week here at OPOD. It has been some time since we looked at cowboys, so I figured, why not. Also, I went last night and listened to a Cowboy Preacher named Jeff Gore. It was great to hear his stories and testimony, and great to hear that there are still a few real cowboys out there.

In any event, the picture above is from 1940 and was taken in Pie Town New Mexico. I am going to say this fellow qualifies as a real cowboy. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Old Time Barber Shop

We finish up Barber Shop week with this picture of an Old School barber giving a child a haircut. The picture was taken in 1941, but I can remember a shop just like this when I was growing up in the 1960's. I hope you have enjoyed these pictures this week. I have enjoyed reading your comments and recollections of old barber shops.