Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tribesmen by Aeroplane

This is another one of those pictures I love showing the clash of the new and the old. We see traditional African warriors, but in the background a modern (in 1936) British Imperial Aeroplane. What an amazing site the plane must have been to the tribesmen the first time they saw it.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Water from the Nile

Today's picture shows the age old tradition of gathering water from the Nile. The picture was takein Sudan in the year 1936, but it could of just as well been 136. Things change slowly in this part of the world, and scenes like this can still be seen today.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Shambat Sudan

Today's picture is from 1936 and it shows a remote area near Shambat, Sudan. I like how we see a time and place where the humble donkey was still the prime mode of transportation. Interestingly there are still part of Africa where the Donkey is still King of the Road.

Below is an amazing picture from a remote region of Kenya known as Pokot. In Pokot the Donkey is still King of the Road. This region is known for milk productions and all the little farmers and families have a milk cow or two. The interesting thing is that they milk their cows, load the milk onto their donkey, and then the donkey walks to milk to the dairy on his own. He goes right to where he is supposed to, and waits in line till he is unloaded and then walks home. We also see that people will take their donkey to a water hole, load him with water, and then the donkey will walk the water home on his own, and just stand by the house waiting for someone to unload him. Really amazing. The picture below shows the donkey's going on their own to deliver the milk to the dairy.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The New and the Old

Today's picture might be my favorite one of our Africa Series. I love pictures like this that show the new and the old in the same picture. We see the man on the donkey doing things the way they have been done for thousands of years, and then we see the fancy car in the background. A striking picture from 1936 Sudan.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Villagers Near Khartoum

Today's picture is from 1936, and it shows villagers near Khartoum, Sudan. I find it interesting that the African Villages appear to be doing at least as well as many families in the US during this time period. Certainly times were hard in the US in the mid-1930's. Perhaps the days will come again when things are not so different.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Refueling in Sudan

Today's picture is from 1936 and show a British Imperial Airways plane being refueled in Khartoum, Sudan. Again, a magnificent aeroplane!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Arriving in Sudan

Ah yes, back in the day when travelling by air was something fine and elegant. The picture above shows the interior of the airplane we pictured yesterday. Look how fine everything looks and what an adventure it must have been back then to travel. I like being somewhere, but the act of travel itself has now become nothing short of a nightmare.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


Today we have a picture from Zanzibar. Zanzibar is a small island off the coastline of Tanzania. Interesting that this picture appears much more cosmopolitan than most we have seen in this series. It looks more like North Africa to me than East Africa. In any event, we see a Banana stand with several British people walking around.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Alexandria Egypt

Today we have another picture from North Africa. Today's picture shows the airport at Alexandria, Egypt as it was in the year 1936. Again, I love the magnificent old passenger biplanes.

Monday, July 20, 2015

North Africa

Today we have a beautiful scene from North Africa. It is an evening scene showing the Nile and the pyramids in the background. What a majestic site.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sudan Royal Palace

There are areas of Africa like Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania that are enjoying a time of great peace and tranquility. Such is not the case in the Sudan. Since the British left in 1956, things have been very bad. Genocide is the norm. In order to try to stabilize things the Sudan was broken into Sudan and South Sudan to try and stop the warring. That appeared to work for a while, but now Civil War appears to continue to rage in South Sudan. I would pray that the peace found in some of the neighboring areas would come to Sudan.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Boating the Nile

Today's picture is from 1936 and it shows some men boating the Nile. The boat is reminiscent of the movie "The African Queen". I cant seem to remember what river that was suppose to be on, but it was a great movie.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Hoima Uganda

You are probably catching on that I am going to stick with the Africa theme until I get back home. From some of the things I am hearing, I hope there is still a country to come back to.

Today's picture is from 1936, and it shows the road from Fort Portal to Hoima. Looks like a lovely drive.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Entebbe Airport

Today's picture is from 1936, and it shows a view of the Entebbe Airport. What an adventure it must have been to fly into Entebbe on Imperial Airways back in the day. I love the magnificence of this old airplane . . . or should I say, aeroplane. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Open Air Market

Today's picture is from 1936 and it shows an open air market in Fort Portal, Uganda. As I mentioned in an earlier post, today Uganda is a very peaceful and Beautiful country. The people are warm and generous, and very welcoming to strangers. It looks like they are selling bananas in this picture.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Native Family

Today's picture is from 1936 and it shows a native family in the Namanga region of Kenya. It looks as if the house is a partial dugout. Perhaps they used the dirt dug to make the hole to make the bricks for the walls. Houses like this are not an uncommon site to this day.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Sharpening the Spear

Today's picture is from 1936, and it shows a child sharpening a spear on a rock. The picture was taken near Namanga in Kenya.

It has been over two years since I have checked in on the orphans of Mali Saba. This is a short video from the last time I visited with them in 2012. I am hoping to find everything in good order when I visit them soon. They truly precious children.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Cattle Herder

Today's picture is from 1936, and it shows a cattle herder in the Namanga Region of Kenya. You can see he is fully equipped, including a pretty impressive sword/knife.

Some of you have asked what Africa looks like today. Well, in some areas it looks much like the pictures above, but the video below shows a recent drive around Kitale Town.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Native Woman

Today's picture is from 1936, and it shows a native woman in Kenya. The styles and customs vary widely across the country, as each tribe of people have their own fashions and customs. This picture was taken near Fort Hall. This would have been considered an old woman at this time.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Kenya Women

Today's picture is from 1936, and it shows some of the native Kenya Women. The picture was taken near Nyeri. Still a lovely place today.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Maasai Warriors

Today's picture is from 1936 and shows native Maasai Warriors. The wonderful thing about Kenya is that these indigenous people can still be found living their traditional lifestyles. The Maasai are wonderful people. 

Like I have mentioned earlier. People really just have completely wrong impressions about Africa. I know I did before I first came here. I have been trying to figure out how to show what Kenya is really like. I think this video by the Kenya Boys Choir really captures the heart of Africa.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Entebbe Uganda

This picture is from 1936, and it shows passengers loading onto a plane near Entebbe, Uganda on their way to Kenya. What an elegant trip this must have been at the time. Look how nicely everyone is dressed. It must have been a wonderful adventure to be able to see this part of Africa in the early 1900's. 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Thomsons Falls

Today's picture is from 1936, and we have the beautiful Thomsons Falls in the Rift Valley, Kenya. With a little luck, I should be in the Rift Valley today. It is a very difficult road trip from Nairobi to the Rift Valley, but with luck, things will go smoothly. We have hired a professional driver with a functioning car.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Rift Valley

This picture is from 1936 and shows men on the road between Nairobi, Kenya and the Rift Valley. If things are going according to plan, I should be on this same highway today. The good news is my transportation is a little more modern that what is shown here, but the bad news is I believe the roads are actually much worse today. So, with a little luck, I should reach Western Kenya by the end of the day.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Riverboat on the Nile

Today's picture is from 1936, and it shows a riverboat on the Nile River. The Nile actually makes starts in Uganda, at Lake Victoria, one of the largest lakes in the world. How exciting it must have been to be able to take this boat ride.

This is my fourth trip to Africa. Before coming here, I had many misconceptions about the continent. As if it were somehow very backwards. In fact, Africa is a most majestic place. The people are truly wonderful. Very warm, gentle, kind and loving people. There is a very great richness associated with experiencing Africa.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Fort Portal, Uganda

Guess What? I am departing this week for an African Adventure. I will be there for some time, so this week will be African Week on OPOD. We start with this picture from 1938. It shows a child near Fort Portal, Uganda. Scenes like this are still common today, and this picture could have been taken yesterday. Uganda has a very sad past, filled with violence and genocide. However today, Uganda has become a beautiful, stable country. Christianity emerged out of the devastation of genocide, and today Uganda is a very strong Christian nation. I love the people of Uganda, and it is a wonderful place to see.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Balloon Gondola

Today's picture shows the gondola of Giffard's Balloon we have been discussing the last few days. This picture also was taken in 1878, and it shows how the general public could purchase a ticket and go aloft to see spectacular views of paris from the air. From this picture it looks like the balloon could accommodate literally dozens of passengers at a time. Given that the balloon remained tethered, it was retrieved by cables which remained connected to the balloon. Hence, the balloon was pulled down without the need to vent the precious lifting gas. I would imagine this system would allow many flights per day. Also, since the gas was not vented, I would imagine a ride could be somewhat affordable. I was not able to find how long these rides lasted, or what they cost.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Aerial View of Paris, 1878

This is an incredible Aerial View of Paris, taken in 1878. It was taken from Giffard's Balloon, which we showed yesterday. What an awesome ride this must have been for someone living in the 1870's. As we mentioned yesterday, the balloon appears to have been set up as an amusement park style ride. Anyone with the money for a ride could enjoy the spectacular view shown above.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Henry Giffard Balloon

This is a picture of Henry Giffard's balloon. From the people that can bee seen in the picture, you can see that this is an enormous balloon.  Giffard was one of the pioneers of ballooning, and this picture was taken in 1878 in Paris. Notice the huge gondola beneath the balloon. This appears to be sort of an Amusement Park style ride. To the left of the balloon under the canopy is a large cable mechanism. The balloon remained tethered, and would allow riders to go up in the gondola, enjoy spectacular aerial views of Paris, and then be pulled back to the ground by the cables. Amazing technology for this day and age.