Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Ludlow Massacre

Well, 1914 was not all ship christenings and movie debuts. It was also the year of the Ludlow Massacre. This was a not so pleasant incident that occurred in Colorado. I group of about 1200 striking miners and their families were staying in a camp outside the mines. The Colorado National Guard, and mine guards attached the camp, and over 20 people were killed. Truly a dark day in our history.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Mary Pickford

We continue our review of the year 1914 with this image of Mary Pickford, who starred in the 1914 movie Hearts Adrift. She became a movie sensation and one of the first true Movie Stars.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

The Year 1914

Since we will be moving into 2014 this week, I thought it would be fun to go back and review the year 1914. Amazing how much things have changed in the last 100 years! Anyway, one of the things that happened early in 1914, Charlie Chaplin made his film debut. This was in the earliest days of motion pictures, and Chaplin helped to usher in the ubiquitous popularity of the medium. 

Friday, December 27, 2013

Clean Up

Hopefully most of you have gotten things cleaned up and put away from the Christmas festivities. I have been enjoying  a little time off between semesters and have been getting caught up on things around the house.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Nap Time

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and hope you have some time today to get some rest. Do you remember back in elementary school when Nap Time was an official part of the curriculum? To me, school has never been the same since they did away with naps. I dont know about you, but I could really use about a 15 minute nap every day after lunch.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013


I hope you all have a blessed and peaceful day today and enjoy the celebration of Christmas Eve. The picture above shows a snowy day in Bethlehem.

Monday, December 23, 2013

New York Shoppers

Today's picture shows last minute shoppers in New York City for the 1910 Christmas Season. Do you see Santa in the picture?

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Last Minute Shoppers

I am hoping you all have all your Christmas Shopping done already, but there are always a few people who wait to the last minute. This picture shows some last minute shoppers in 1941 at the Woolworth's five and dime. How many of you remember Woolworth's? I am not sure when they went out of business, but probably some time in the mid-1980's.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas Shopping

This week we will be looking at Christmas Pictures from bygone days. We start with this picture of Christmas Shoppers in New York from about 1900.

Friday, December 20, 2013


Today's picture wraps up our Turn of the Century series. It shows a group of ladies getting into a carriage. Interestingly enough, the picture was taken by Wilbur and Orville Wright, who were avid photographers.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Horse Drawn Trolley

We continue looking at pictures from the turn of the last century. Today's picture is from Palm Beach, Florida, and it shows a wonderful scene with a horse drawn trolley. This looks like a thoroughly enjoyable mode of transportation.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Peanut Stand

Today we have a picture of a peanut vendor on the Streets of New York City. The picture was taken on West 42nd street. I am betting the fresh roasted peanuts were quiet tasty. The picture was taken in 1900.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


Today's picture shows a group of people relaxing on a dock in New York City. The picture was taken in 1900.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Cab Stand

This might be one of my all time favorite OPOD photographs. It shows a Cab Stand on Madison Square in New York. The picture was taken in 1900. It amazes me the elegance and peacefulness captured in the scene. Yes, I do long for the old days, where life happened at a slower pace.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Battery Park

We continue to examine the elegance of the turn of the century with this picture from 1900. It shows a group of emigrants at Battery Park in New York. Everyone is dressed so nicely.

Saturday, December 14, 2013


Welcome to Turn of the Century Week here at OPOD. We will be going back to a day where things were more elegant and well crafted. I love this picture of the Hansom above. Everything is so well crafted, and there is an overall sense of elegance in the picture that you just don't see today. We live in a world of cheap, mass produced plastic trinkets that are used and thrown away . . . never fixed.

Thursday, December 12, 2013


Cold Weather Week continues here at OPOD with this picture of some girls sledding. The picture was taken around 1915. Looks like they are having a lot of fun.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

New Mexico Snow

Today's picture shows a rancher out in the snow in New Mexico. Cold weather is particularly hard on ranchers, because they usually have to be out in it, tending to the livestock, which themselves are really stressed by cold weather. This picture was taken in 1943.

We are still frozen here in West Texas. It has gotten above freezing in the day enough to clear the main roads, but off the roads, things are still frozen and slick.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

City Storm

Today's picture shows a nice snow storm in Parkersburg, West Virginia. It looks like the snow is coming down, but has not yet accumulated on the ground much. The picture was taken in 1940.

Well, our "thaw" was short lived. Yesterday it stayed freezing all day, and we had some more precipitation. I am hoping the roads are not too bad this morning. I read that this is the coldest winter around here in the last 35 years.

Monday, December 9, 2013


Today's picture shows the thaw after a blizzard in New York City. The picture was taken in 1899. Well, we finally got a little thaw yesterday here in West Texas. The temperature got up into the 30's. It is still pretty slick out there, but I will attempt to make it to work. Hope you all are having good weather.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Ice Storm

OK, I have decided to extend Cold Weather week for another week here at OPOD. The reason is that I am still "iced in" here. Thursday night we had very cold weather and precipitation. It has not gotten above freezing since then, so the roads around my house are still a sheet of ice. This morning it is 19 degrees, which is a hard freeze for around here. As I mentioned earlier, they don't salt or sand the streets so when it gets like this you are pretty much stuck at home.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Bus in Snow

OK, today's picture sows a couple getting on a bus in Ohio after a snow storm. The picture was taken in 1940.

Don't know what the weather is like where you are, but we had another winter storm blow in. For us, we rarely get much snow, but the issue is almost always sleet and ice storms. Right now everything is covered in ice, and the schools are on a two hour delay (for now). If the roads don't thaw, then they will cancel school for the day.

People that live in really cold climates may scoff at our "winter storms", but what they don't realize is that they really are bad, because the infrastructure is not set up to handle ice. For example, they do not do anything for the ice on the roads. Last weekend when the ice storm hit, there were two fatalities in two separate wrecks on a 20 mile stretch of road between where I live and work. What happens is the roads appear to be fairly clear, and people think things are OK, and then hit ice patches on bridges and spin out. 

Anyway, let us know what your weather is looking like today.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

New Mexico Blizzard

This picture really captures our theme this week of Cold Weather. The picture shows a rancher going out in a blizzard to tend his livestock. The picture was taken in in the Moreno Valley in New Mexico. The picture was taken in 1943. I love the old gate and ranch house in the background.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013


This picture is the aftermath of a Snowstorm in New York City. The picture was taken in 1922. In the 1920's most cars did not have side windows, so as you can see in the car in the back, the snow could just come right in the car. It looks like the car in front had some sort of side curtains. In any event, I bet it was hard to get those cars crank started in that weather!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Blizzard Cleanup

This picture shows the aftermath of a Blizzard in New York City. I guess they have to clear the streets of all the snow, so have to haul the snow off. This picture shows wagonloads of snow, all waiting in line to dump the snow in the river. The picture was taken in 1899. Keeping the streets clear on those days must have been a big job.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Children in the Snow

Cold Weather week continues with this picture of children playing in the snow. The picture was taken in Central Park in New York in 1900. The sled looks like a great toy. Growing up, we never got enough snow to have sleds.