Sunday, March 31, 2013

Resurrection Morning

We celebrate Resurrection Morning today, and my hope and prayer is that each of you will know the peace, joy, and love that comes through the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Jesus came to earth to die for our sins, and he demonstrated his power over death and the grave by rising on the third day. Because of this, we do not have to fear death. His desire is for each of us to believe in him, trust in him, and live in obedience to him.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Going Fast

Welcome to Going Fast Week here at OPOD. This week we will be looking at mankind's Need for Speed. We start with this fine example of a camel race in the Middle East. The picture was taken near Beersheba. I guess ever since we had something to ride, we have been wanting to race.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Ice Fishing

Today's pictre is from the early 1900's and is shows a woman ice fishing. I have never been ice fishing, but it looks like the woman is having some luck. I would imagine this was an important part of helping to feed her family.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Fishing Canoe

Today's picture is from the late 1800's and shows two men after a successful fishing trip in a canoe. Notice that the canoe is outfitted with a rather comfortable looking chair. The shore is well laid out to get in and out of the boat, and it looks like they could just about do so without getting their feet wet. The picture was taken at Lake Gogebic, in Michigan. The fish are black bass.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Indian Fishing

I love this picture of an Indian Fishing. He is Hupa, and the picture was taken in 1923. I love the calmness of the lake, and it looks like it is early morning.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Woman Fishing

I really like today's picture, and it shows a woman fishing in the Tidal Basin in Washington DC. Have you ever noticed that people who like to fish will always manage to find a spot to fish? Around here I often see a person fishing in an odd spot, and I wonder, "are you really supposed to be fishing there"? In any event, this woman has found her spot, and I hope she had success that day.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Salmon Fishing

This is a wonderful picture from 1895 showing two men salmon fishing from a boat. The picture was taken on the Columbia River in Oregon. They are fishing with a net.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

We continue our celebration of the arrival of Spring by making this Fishing Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at photographs of that most relaxing tradition. This is a classic photograph of a girl fishing with a simple stick fishing pole. I can remember growing up fishing with Cane Poles, which were just a piece of cane, with a string and hook. Ah yes, the good old days.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Saying Grace

We wrap up Picnic Week with this picture from West Virginia, taken in 1938. The folks are saying grace before the start of their picnic. The tradition of saying graces is still a strong one in many parts of the South, and Midwest. I am not sure about other places. 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Man Table

My first question when seeing this picnic picture was, "Where are the women?" My best guess wold be that they are doing something useful. It does look like these guys have taken their picnicking to that next level as they have there own improvised table and nice chairs. The picture was taken in 1940 at a horse show near Shelbyville, Kentucky. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Vale Oregon

Today we have a picture from Vale, Oregon. The family is picnicking right out of their car. The picture was taken at a 4th of July picnic in 1941. The more I look at these old pictures, the more I think we should rekindle the old Picnic Tradition!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Picnic on the Beach

Today's picture is from about 1900, and it shows some young people enjoying a picnic on the beach. The picture was taken on Coney Island. It is amazing how much our standards of modesty and decency have changed in the last hundred and ten years or so. There is a striking difference in what types of things you see on the beach these days.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Frying Food

Picnic Week continues here at OPOD with this picture from 1940 of a church picnic in Kentucky. It looks like they are frying up some food, but can not tell exactly what it is. My guess would be either fried chicken or catfish. When I was growing up, church picnics were more likely to have BBQ, but if something was going to be fried, most likely it would be catfish.

Sunday, March 17, 2013


This is another picture from the same picnic we saw yesterday. I really like these pictures . . . they are so iconic they almost look like they are from a movie set instead of read life. I think Barbque is one of the best picnic foods. As much as I love fried chicken, it gets soggy pretty quickly. The BBQ is nice because it can be served right off the grill.

Friday, March 15, 2013

We wrap up Women in the Workforce Week with this picture of a woman working alongside a man on a cockpit of a B-25 Bomber. the picture was taken in 1942 at the Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach, California.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Vengeance Dive Bomber

Today's picture is from 1943, and shows a woman working on a Vengeance Dive Bomber. The picture was taken at a factory in Nashville, Tennessee. Like many of the images from this series, she is wearing jewelry in a factory, which of course is a safety concern. Not sure if this was normal for the time, or that everyone was just dressed up for the picture.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Probably one of the first places women found large scale employment outside the home was in the garment industry. The picture above was taken in about 1900, and is shows a woman working in a sewing factory. I can not help but be impressed by the sturdiness of the machine she is working on.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Aircraft Engine

Today's picture features a woman working on building an aircraft engine. The picture was taken in 1942 at the North American Avaiation Plant in California. I am surprised that the woman is working with a ring and bracelet. I wonder if this was just for the picture or if they people would normally work with their jewelry on back then.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Radio Operators

We wrap up High Tech Week with this picture of a group of men learning to operate radios. The picture was taken in 1912, so this would have been in the very early days  of the technology. The group was part of the Wireless Radio School in New York.

Thursday, March 7, 2013


High Tech Week continues with this picture of Thomas Edison in his lab. Edison is remembered by many as a man who helped usher in the present era of High Tech development. Actually I have never been a Thomas Edison fan, and believe his popularity is due to a great public relations department at General Electric, a company he started. During the early days of electricity, Edison sponsored a traveling road show in which stray animals would be brutally electrocuted on the public square to frighten people, and to discredit his competitors, a team made up of George Westinghouse and Nicola Tesla. Edison even invented the electric chair, and gave them to prisons to execute criminals with Tesla's competing AC electricity. When the animals were killed, or someone was executed in the electric chair, Edison used a term he had coined, and said that they had been "Westinghoused". In the arena of technology, Edison was neither a brilliant nor creative mind. He simply solved problems with brute force trial and error, and bought himself time by viciously attacking his competitors. It is funny that Edison is remembered as the father of electricity, when in the end, we all use AC electricity, which was the type he fought so ruthlessly against. Nicola Tesla worked out all the math and technology needed to make practical AC motors, generators, and the means to practically transport electricity to people's homes.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Chemistry Lab

Ahhh . . . the good old days when men could enjoy a good pipe smoke in the chemistry lab without fear of persecution. All kidding aside, I can remember I entered the professional workforce in the 1980's and at that time it was still common for coworkers to smoke inside in their cubicles. Also, I can remember in the 1970's in High School teachers smoking inside. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Test Car

This is an interesting picture from 1923 that shows some sort of test car. It looks like the car has been instrumented as a portable weather station. Not sure exactly what it is doing, but that is my best guess.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Portable Radio

I enjoyed reading the comments yesterday, and hearing everyone's memories about the old tube radios. For those old holdouts still listening to these vintage radios . . . I wonder how hard it is to get the tubes for them now. Are all the old tubes even made anymore? I know the tubes burned out fairly frequently.

Anyway, today's picture is from the early 1900's and it shows a young lady listening to a radio. Again, massive batteries needed to run the radio. Battery technology was limited back then, so I bet the batteries did not last very long.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Old Radio

Today's picture shows an early radio receiver. The device was self contained, and capable of receiving a signal from across the country. You can see that the device is based on seven vacuum tubes and the bottom half is filled with batteries. A vacuum tube was a very early electronic component that could act as a switch or an amplifier. They used lots of power, and burned out frequently. In the 1970's the vacuum tube was replaced by the solid state transistor. A transistor could do all the work of a tube as a fraction of the cost, low power and they did not burn out. Using transistors miniaturized electronics for two reasons. First, the transistors themselves are small, and second, since they dont use much power, the need for huge batteries was reduced. For comparison, modern computer chips can have in the neighborhood of 10 billion transistors.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

High Tech Week

Welcome to High Tech Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at technological advances over the last 150 years. We start with this picture from 1937, where a microscope has been instrumented with a camera to take photomicrographs. It is amazing how far things have come since then!