Friday, May 27, 2016

Ice Cream Vendor

Wow, how many of you can remember being able to buy a delicious ice cream treat for a nickle? Those were indeed the good old days. Now, I know some will pipe up and say that people did not make much money back then, so things have not really changed. But I claim that they have changed. In the 1960's a man could work at a gas station, have a house, a car, and support a family of four. Now both husband and wife must work, and even then must have fairly good jobs to be able to maintain a car and a home. As prices and wages have increased, over time the workers have lost out.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Shipyard Worker

Today's picture shows a Shipyard Worker enjoying a nice ice cream. The picture was taken in 1943 at the Bethlehem Shipyard in Baltimore, Maryland. This must have been a very busy time for the area.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Soda Fountain

I wonder how many of you can remember having an ice cream float from a real soda fountain. Just like the ice cream used to be better, the sodas were created right in front of you from carbonated water and a rich syrup made from real cane sugar. No comparison to today's over-sweetened genetically modified high fructose corn syrup. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Making Ice Cream

OK, if you do not know what this bucket with crank is, then you do not know what real ice cream tastes like! Yep, nothing better than fresh ice cream made with cream, raw eggs, real cane sugar, and real fruit picked from the back yard. I even liked the occasional piece of rock salt that ends up in the ice cream.

I found it interesting reading the comments and seeing that others remember how good the old school ice cream was when we were kids.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Ice Cream Truck

With warmer weather arriving, I figure it is time for us to look at our favorite summertime treat . . . ice cream. So, we start with this picture from 1942 of the Good Humor Ice Cream Man. Is it just me, or did ice cream treats taste better back in the day? It is like they really used to be just that . . . iced cream. Now they are made of some sort of milk derived substitute. Back in the day, eskimo pies were made with real cream, and then covered in real chocolate. The ones now just can not compare to the ones I grew up with.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Quarter Circle Corral

Looks like it is horse shoeing time at the Quarter Circle Corral near Birney Montana. The picture was taken in 1941. Looks like this guy actually ties the leg up as he works on changing the shoe.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Blacksmith Shop

This is a picture from around 1900 of a horse getting shoed in a blacksmith shop. I suspect that probably the horse would be shoed outside, and maybe he was moved in just for the picture. Horses are pretty skittish as it is, and I would not think you would want to be hammering near them as you mess with their feet. Also, the tail appears to be very close to the forge. In any event, it is an interesting image from the past.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016


I love these old pictures that show men doing real jobs. Have you noticed now days most people have trouble explaining what it is that they really do? The picture above is from around 1900, and the men are shoeing horses.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Horse Shoeing

Today's picture is from Utah and was taken in 1940. It shows a farmer shoeing his horse. This is actually a pretty tough job, and it is hard to find someone to do it these days. Horses tend to be pretty temperamental, and they do not like people fooling with their feet. You can see it is pretty easy to get kicked doing this job.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Child Shoeing Horse

Welcome to Farrier Week here at OPOD, where we will be looking at what is becoming a lost art . . . shoeing horses. We start with this picture from 1928 showing a child shoeing his pony. The boy looks to be 8 or 9 years old. I would bet you would be hard pressed to find many children this age that know how to shoe a horse these days.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Dock of the White Star Line

Hope you have enjoyed looking at the pictures this week, and getting a glimpse of the day when people traveled in style on magnificent steam powered boats. We finish the week up with this picture of the Dock of the White Star Line. The picture was taken in Detroit, Michigan around 1900.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Ships at the Pier

Today's picture shows steamships at the pier. The picture was taken in 1908 on the pier in Port Huron, Michigan, I love the peaceful feel of this scene.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016


Today we have another great picture from the days people traveled by steam power. The picture is from 1901, and shows a dock in Detroit. The ships do not appear to be fairly crowded, but I am sure it was still a nice ride.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Detroit Wharf

Today's picture shows the Wharf at Detroit. I love the picture of the crowd. This was a time when everyone dressed nicely.

Monday, May 9, 2016


Welcome to Riverboat Week here at OPOD. We will be looking back to a day when people traveled in grand style on the water. We start with this picture of the Island Queen from 1906. What an exciting thing it must have been to ride on the majestic boat.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Beach Scene

Today we have a picture of a beach scene from 1900. Of course, the first thing we notice is how modest swim ware was back then. Also, notice the men wore suit and ties to the beach. I will have to admit I would prefer the days of more modesty, politeness and slowness of pace.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Camel Ride

Today's picture shows visitors getting a Camel Ride on Coney Island. The picture is from 1905. I will admit I have ridden a camel before. It is actually a very smooth and pleasant ride, and is very different than riding a horse. It feels more like you on on a boat on the ocean. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Elephant Ride

This is another picture from Coney Island. This one was taken in 1905, and shows something you dont see much of today . . . elephant rides. I would assume that because of our litigious society that there would not be many establishments offering elephant rides these days.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016


Today's picture shows children riding ponies. The picture is from 1904, and was taken at Coney Island. It really looks like a fine group of animals, and the children appear to be having a good time.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Coney Island

Welcome to Amusement Park Week here at OPOD. With spring here, and summer around the corner, it is time for us to start thinking about summer entertainment. Back in the day no place was more popular than Coney Island. The picture above is from Coney Island, and was taken in 1904. You can see the children could take rides in goat-drawn carriages. The look like quiet fancy rigs.