Monday, May 31, 2010

John Philip Sousa

Today we feature a picture of the grand band leader, John Philip Sousa. The picture was taken around 1900. I had thought about using this as a mystery person contest, because this picture is not a well known picture of him, and I thought people might not recognize him. Given that you figured out the picture of his wife yesterday, likely someone would have gotten it.

Domestic Update:

In the end, Lovie has two healthy babies. Lovie stopped sitting on the other eggs yesterday. When she gave up, I went out and gently cracked the eggs open. They had perfectly formed little peacocks, but they were not living. I guess not all of the babies have what it takes to get out of that shell. Anyway, it looks like she has two fine babies. Yesterday she moved the family out of the chicken coop and into the brush behind Chickie Town. She is really well hidden back there, and the babies hide under her wings. I am hoping everything goes OK, and have decided not to lock them up in the peacock palace. They did not like that last year, so this year will just let the peacocks be peacocks.

Also happy to report that Ain't Gina is now free, and is no longer being held captive by Lovie in the laying box. She is out running around, and appears to be doing fine.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Surprise Mystery Person Contest

This morning I am going to shake things up by having a surprise mystery person contest. You have to identify this woman. Let the contest begin!

Domestic Update: The Peacocks have Landed!

To all you nay-sayers out there who felt Handsome did not get the job done, I say Ha! We have new baby peacocks! I went out yesterday and found two of the eggs have hatched. Little Rufus and Peggy Sue are doing well. The new arrivals have generated much excitement in Chickie Town. Lovie is getting more help than she needs from the Chickies, who are right in the middle of things. They all want babies now too. Lovie is busy with the remainder of her eggs, so Honey has sort of adopted little Rufus. He follows here around the coop, and he is the apple of her eye. Another chickie got in the laying box, and sits and rolls the fake egg. Another went and built a new nest in the corner and laid an egg. They all have their Mamma juices flowing, but short a rooster, I fear their efforts will be in vain. Perhaps Lovie will let them share in the joy of raising the babies.

Right now, two of the eggs have hatched, but in checking this morning, Lovie was on the nest, and the babies, so I could not see if any more eggs had hatched. There was one egg yesterday that tried to hatch, but the little feller inside just finally gave up, and in the end did not make it. So, we have two looking good, and two more eggs that might hatch today. Video of the festivities is attached below.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Mytery Contest

Today is Mystery Person Contest day. You have to identify the person in the photograph above.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Fairbanks, Alaska

We wrap up Cat Week with this picture from Fairbanks, Alaska. The picture was taken in 19116, and shows Mrs. Brandt in front of her house with two cats.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Calvin Coolidge

Today's picture shows President Calvin Coolidge with his pet cat. Coolidge was a very quiet man, so probably enjoyed cats more than dogs. When in the White House, the Coolidge's had a number of different animals, including a pet raccoon.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Alma Hanlon

Today's picture features Broadway and Silent Film actress Alma Hanlon, and her kittens. The picture was taken in the early 1900's. She appeared in 22 movies.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Old Farm

Cat Week continues on OPOD with this picture of an old homestead on a farm in Washington state. The picture was made in 1908. Notice the cat up on the beam of the log cabin. The guns, butter churn and spinning wheel reminds us of the self sufficient lifestyle of the first part of the last century.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Flying Cats

Today we feature what is probably the most famous cat picture ever taken. The picture is called "Atomicus", and features the famous artist Salvador Dali, and three flying cats. The picture was taken in 1948. The picture was made by suspending the furniture in the air by wires, and then Dali jumps at the same time a bucket of water and three cats are thrown at him. It took them many hours to get the perfect shot, so the cats were thrown many times. I think this type of thing would be frowned on today.

Sunday, May 23, 2010


Welcome to Cat Week here at OPOD. We start the week with this picture of "Tige", the White House cat belonging to Mrs. Coolidge. In 1924, the cat went missing. An All Points Bulletin was put out on the radio stations, and the cat was found at the Navy Department. The cat was found by Benjamin Fink, a guard at the Navy Department, and he is shown above returning the cat.

Domestic Update:

Lovie continues to terrorize that one little chickie. On Thursday, I saw the chickie attempt a "Jail Break". I heard some commotion out in Chickie Town, looked out, and saw Ain't Gina bolting from the coop. Right behind her was Lovie. Lovie chased her around Chickie Town, then around our yard, and finally into the brush. The Ain't Gina finally gave up, and went back into the coop with Lovie, and sat in the nesting box.

The poll results were evenly split on what to do, with a very slight advantage going towards leaving things like they are. Mrs. PJM was not willing to wait for the polls to close, and took matters into her own hands. She went out, opened the coop, got Lovie and moved her to the Peacock Palace. Then she got the eggs and moved them over and made a little nest. Lovie became very distresses, and just looked out the window honking and screeching. She did not recognize the eggs on the nest as hers, and would not sit on them. So, Mrs. PJM went back out to the peacock palace, caught Lovie, and put her back in the Chickie Coop. She moved the eggs back, and then Lovie got back on them. So, at this point, I am not sure what the expectations should be related to whether the eggs will hatch or not.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Game Day

Today is Mystery Person day, and I am looking forward to a great contest. I post the picture, you have to figure out who it is. Ready, set, Go!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Old Family Photo

Today's picture was submitted by Kristi S., and it shows her dad and his family, along with family dog. The picture was taken around 1943. Her dad is the little guy on the left of the picture. Picture was taken near Pole Cat Creek, in Glasscock County, Texas. Looking at pictures like this, it really amazes me just how much life has changed since this time. Sort of makes you look back fondly at the slower pace of life.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Family Dog

Today's picture was submitted by Sherry T. The picture shows her dad, Ralph Pierce, and her uncle, Gene Pierce with the family dog. The picture as taken around 1931 on the family farm near Elkhorn, Wisconsin.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Today's picture was submitted by Mike S. from Stone Mountain, Georgia. The picture shows two GI's with a dog during World War II. The man on the right was Mike's dad, and the man on the left, his uncle. Both men were serving in the Pacific during the war, and both ended up being on Hawaii at the same time, without knowing the other was there. They ran into each other walking down the street.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A Boy and his Dog

Today's picture was submitted by Mike C., and it shows a picture of his grandfather with pet dog. The picture was taken in about 1895 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Pictured is Frank Cool and his dog Dash. Hmmm . . . Frank Cool and Dash. Sounds like it could have been a good name for a detective show in the 70's. But I digress . . . Frank was the first in the family to be born in the US after the family emigrated from Belgium.

I am enjoying the pictures you all are sending in . . . please keep them coming.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Family Photo

This week we are looking at photos that you submit of your family ancestors with dogs. We start with this one submitted by the OPOD Arch-Nemeses Nate Maas. The picture shows Jacob and Maggie Grow, and family. Jacob was a former Rebel in the 7th Confederate Cavalry. After the war he became a pastor, preaching in Georgia, Florida, and Texas. There is a dog in the picture, but it appears to be "stuffed". Hopefully they had a real dog back home. The picture was taken in the late 1800's, probably in the Gainesville, Texas area.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Duke the Dog

Welcome to Dog Week here at OPOD. We will look at pictures of families and their dogs. This idea was submitted by Marcus S., along with this picture of his family farmstead and dog, named Duke. The picture was taken in the 1890's in Kansas. Hope you all will submit photos for consideration this week. I really like the photos you send in from your old family albums.

Domestic Update:

We have had lots of activity out in Chickie Town this week. Lovie is on day 15 of sitting on her nest, and she is a real trooper. She sits round the clock, and only takes about a 10 minute break late in the afternoon to get a bite to eat and a sip of water. She is doing her part, but still not sure if the eggs are going to be the kind that hatch.

While Lovie is taking care of her nest, there has been some other strange developments in Chickie Town. I had been noticing that after I closed the door of the coop at night that there would be a lot of commotion. So, on Monday night, after closing them in, I lifted the little door above the laying boxes to watch to see what was going on. The chickies all got up on their roost like normal. Then Lovie got off her nest, and started walking down the line of chickies. She would look each chickie right in the face, and then move to the next chickie. Then she came to Ain't Gina, and when she saw her, she just laid into her. She knocked Ain't Gina off the roost, and then herded her over to the corner laying box. This is the box where I have the fake egg. This egg I had put in one of the laying boxes so that the chickies would know that is where to lay the eggs. Lovie pushed her into the laying box. If Aint Gina tried to go back to her roost, Lovie would force her back onto the nesting box. I thought that was sort of odd. Then, the next morning, I let all the ckickies out of the coop. They all left, and then Lovie got mad, left her nest, and went out and found Ain't Gina, and got after her, and chased her back into the coop and back onto the fake egg in the nesting box. I then thought I would open the door to the laying boxes, so that perhaps Ain't Gina could escape out the top, but then Handsome got up onto the coop, and stood guard to not let her escape.

Poor Ain't Gina appears to be being held hostage by the peacocks. I don't want to read to much into it, but I wonder if Lovie is worried about that fake egg, and thinks that someone needs to be sitting on it? Is she holding Ain't Gina hostage to sit on that fake egg? That is the only thing I can figure that is going on. Ain't Gina is very distressed, and appears to be extremely stressed over the situation.

I thought that the fake egg was perhaps causing all the trouble, so I took it out of the nesting box, but now the peacocks are still making Ain't Gina sit in the empty nesting box.


The other chickies spend a lot of time watching what is going on, but try to stay out of the way. The picture above shows Ivy June watching Lovie roll her eggs. Every few hours, Lovie gets up, and rolls her eggs around, and then sits back down on them.

All this commotion is affecting egg production. The other peacocks sit outside the chicken coop and harass the chickies as they are trying to go in and lay their eggs. Miss Maimy is shown above as she has just run the gauntlet of peacocks to get into the coop to lay her egg. Egg production had been up at 9-10 eggs per day, but since all this excitement started, we are at 6-7 eggs a day.

Mrs. PJM is getting upset with the situation, and says that we should move Lovie and her nest out of the chicken coop and into the fine peacock palace we had built for her. I say that we should not get involved in Chickie Town politics, and should just let things play out. What do you think?  

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Mystery Contest

It is Saturday, and time for the Mystery Person Game. Ready, Set, Go!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Biker Dudes

We are wrapping up Biker Dude week here at OPOD with this picture of these three fine young men on their Indian motorcycles. You know these had to be really cool motorcycles, and the guys are really decked out with riding boots and gloves, sans helmet.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Motorcycle Cop

Today's picture was taken in 1938, and shows a motorcycle policeman in Washington DC. I am not sure what make the motorcycle is in this picture.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Side Car

This morning I have a couple of Biker Dudes for you. The picture was taken in 1922, and shows a couple of guys on a Harley Davidson motorcycle, with a side car. The driver is Jimmy Murphy, who was in Indy 500 winner, and the guy by his side is Ernie Olson, who was his mechanic. Hmmmm . . . maybe I should have saved this for the Mystery Person contest. Yes, in fact, I think this would have made a great mystery photo.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Today's picture was taken in 1921, and shows a couple of Biker Dudes. The large wheel bicycle was known as a Velocipede. The guy on the motorcycle appears to be a traffic policeman, and it looks like he might be writing the other guy a ticket.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Motorcycle Racer

Good morning to you all. Today, we feature a picture from 1913 of Motorcycle Racer Andre Grapperon. I am not sure of the brand of the motorcycle.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Biker Dude

Welcome to Biker Dude week here at OPOD. We intend to bring you some of the badest biker dudes from the start of the last century. This picture was taken in 1914. Pictured is Mr. Weishaar, who had just won a 100 mile motorcycle race. He made the run in just over 2 hours. I have never really gotten the motorcycle fever myself. They would be fun, but are just too dangerous. No matter how careful you are, other people don't see motorcycles that well, and so riding one is a pretty big risk in my mind.

Domestic Update:

Lovie is now on day 8 of sitting on her nest. Not sure how long it takes to hatch peacock eggs, but she is sticking with it. I mentioned last week that she decided to lay her eggs in the chicken coop. At first things went fairly smoothly, but more recently she has decided she does not want the chickies to bunk in there with her. A few nights ago, they went in and got on their roosts, and she went around and chased them all out. They sat outside for about 5 minutes, and then went back in. She chased them out again, and then they waited another 5 minutes and went back in. They finally wore her down, and they were able to roost in their coop. This has been going on for the last few nights. Hopefully, she will stop harassing them, as it is their home. So, we will wait and watch and see if we end up with a batch of baby peacocks.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Mystery Girl

Good Saturday Morning to you. I have grown weary of losing this contest every week, so this morning the gloves come off, and I present a contest I will surely win. I must say that you all do not have a chance this morning. Let the Games Begin!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Biker Couple

Today's picture is from the late 30's or early 40's and shows a biker couple enjoying the Mohawk Trail through the Berkshires in Massachusetts. There! I made it through Biker Chick week with a full compliment of pictures. Should we do Biker Dudes next week?

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Indian Tricar

Today's picture was taken in 1906, and shows a couple on an Indian Tricar. It looks to be some sort of motorized three-wheeled bicycle. I am not sure at what point in time the biker chicks started riding on the back, as opposed to in front of the handlebars. In any case, it looks like that having a bike has been a good way to get the ladies attention for over 100 years now.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Girl on Motorcycle

Good Wednesday morning to you all. Biker Chick week continues today with this picture. I think this is the same girl from yesterday. The picture was taken in 1937, and the woman had just received her Motorcycle drivers license. She was the first woman in Washington DC to get one.

This picture shows a little more detail on the bike. It looks like it has one of those seats like the ones on old tractors. Those seats are actually very comfortable, if you have ever sat on one.

OK, hope someone out there will send me an old picture of their grandmother on a motorcycle. I am going to need some help to keep this theme going for the rest of the week.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Motorcycle Mama

Today's picture is from 1937, and it shows a woman who recently received her motorcycle drivers license. The picture was taken in Washington DC. I like the pose and goggles.

I hope you all will look around and submit more pictures of your family members (women) on motorcycles or bicycles. I need help if I am to keep this theme going all week.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Girls on a Harley

Biker Chick week continues today, thanks to this submission by Marie B. The picture shows her grandmother, Lucille Kirby on the back of a 1922 Harley Davidson J Model. This is a great picture, and really shows the excitement of the roaring 20's.

OK, hope you all will submit some more photos of women on motorcycles, bicycles, sidecars, etc., as I do not have enough photos to make it through this week on this topic.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Biker Chick

Welcome to Biker Chick week here at Old Picture of the Day. OK, I probably do not have enough pictures to really have a whole week of Biker Chicks, but I am hoping if you have an old picture of your grandmother on a motorcycle or bicycle, you will send it in, and maybe I can get enough material for a week. In looking at this picture, I am curious . . . is she riding this motorcycle sidesaddle? To me, it looks like that might be the case.


I have a major domestic update for you today.

Lovie is expecting! Yes, she has laid a nice batch of eggs, and is now sitting on them. Now, she is expecting, but I am not sure what I am expecting, because as far as I can tell, she never showed Handsome Jack any interest. Despite his best efforts and elaborate displays, all I ever saw her do is walk over and peck him on the head. So, not sure these eggs are going to hatch, but hey, I am not here all day.

As opposed to using the $5,000 peacock palace we made for her, she has decided to use the little chickie coop to hatch her eggs. This has caused great confusion, as the other peacock stand guard around the coop. The poor little chickies have to run the gauntlet of peacocks to get into the coop to lay their eggs. Lovie is not being real friendly to the chickies when they go in to lay their eggs in the little egg boxes. I went and looked the other day and there were chickies triple bunking in one of the little boxes. You could barely see the chickie on the bottom. I guess the chickies don't want to walk by her, so are all piling into the first laying box. I did get 10 eggs from the 10 chickies yesterday, so I guess they are adapting to the new "guest" in the coop. 

So, we will have to wait and see what happens.  

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Mystery Person

May 1, 2010 . . . the day I finally win the Mystery Person contest. I feel as though none of you really has a chance today. My victory is all but assured. Let the Games Begin!