Thursday, April 30, 2015

Wedding Party

Today's picture shows a wedding party from the 1920's. I notice the very long trail on the dress, and the rather interesting veil.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Dancing Charleston

Today's picture shows more Charleston Dancing in the 1920's. The picture includes Frank Farnum, who I believe originated the dance. The picture was taken in 1925.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Twenties Style

Today we feature another look at the Fashions of the 1920's. Again, short hair, but instead of a hat a sort of headband. Also. looks like lots of sequins and glitter on the dress.

Monday, April 27, 2015


We continue exploring fashions of the roaring 20's with this picture. This girl would have been known as a "flapper". Notice the fur collar, fur hat and very short hair.

Sunday, April 26, 2015


Today's picture shows an iconic fad of the Roaring Twenties . . . dancing the Charleston. It amazes me the contrast between the carefree attitudes of the 20's and the utter hopelessness of the 30's. Things can change quickly.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Roaring Twenties

Welcome to the Roaring Twenties Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at that peculiar decade of the 1920's. I say peculiar because there was an odd sense of arrogance, invincibility, and incredible focus on ugly fashions and trivial fads. So sit back as we look at one of the most misguided decaded of the last century.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Bedouins by the Pyramids

Today's picture was taken around 1900. It shows a group of Bedouins resting in front of the pyramids. The picture was taken near Cairo, Egypt.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Bedouin on Horseback

Today's picture shows a Bedouin on Horseback. The picture was taken in the Transjordan region of the Middle East. The picture was taken around 1920.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Bedouin Women

Today's picture features two Bedouin Women and their children. The picture was taken around 1900. As someone mentioned earlier this week, it is unusual to see Bedouin women in pictures, so this one is an unusual find. The women are standing in front of their tent.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Desert Greeting

Today's picture shows a Bedouin Greeting in the Desert. A camel can be seen in the background. The picture was taken in Trans-Jordan region of the middle east around 1930.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Locust Plague

Today's picture shows a large group of Bedouins celebrating. They are celebrating the end of the recent Locust Plague. The picture was taken in 1930 near Beersheba. It looks like quiet a large crowd of people.

Saturday, April 18, 2015


  1. Welcome to Nomads of the Desert Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at those wandering people who somehow survive in very inhospitable conditions. This picture of a bedouin was taken near Jerusalem around 1900. He appears to be rather affluent, with nice clothes and what looks like an expensive sword.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Child of the Dust Bowl

Today's picture shows a child of the Dust Bowl. The picture was taken in 1936 in Cimarron County, Oklahoma. The children who grew up in the dust bowl went on to become America's greatest generation. If such adversity created such strong adults, one wonders what the abundance of today's youth will bring.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

North Dakota Dust Storm

Today's picture shows a dust storm in 1937. The picture was taken in North Dakota. Things look so bleak and barren one wonders how they could even afford to keep the horses and mules.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

New Mexico Dust Storm

Today's picture shows a dust storm in New Mexico. The picture was taken in 1935. What a terrible time this must have been.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Oklahoma Dust Bowl

Today's picture shows a dust storm in Boise City, Oklahoma. The picture was taken in 1936. What a dry hopeless scene this is.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Dust Storm

Dust Bowl week continues with this picture of a dust storm. The picture shows a dust storm as it engulfs Stratford, Texas. The picture was taken in 1935. What a distressing site this must have been for those who were there.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Dust Bowl

Welcome to Dust Bowl Week here at OPOD. I read yesterday that California might be experiencing the worst drought since the Middle Ages. Wow, that is pretty serious. So, I thought this would be a good time to look back at the drought of the 1930's known as the Dust Bowl. The picture above is from 1937, and was taken in West Texas. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015


One of the greatest possible pets has to be a pony. Back in the day, every boy dreamed of having a pony. Not sure how much kids think of such things today. The picture above shows a boy and his pony. The picture was taken in 1928

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Pet Goat

Today's picture shows a couple of boys with a pet goat. The picture was taken in 1940. I will admit that we had a pet goat when I was growing up. Goats are smart, and do make good pets.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Pet Monkey

Today's picture shows a woman with her pet monkey. The picture was taken around 1920. People do not have pet monkeys much any more . . . for good reason. I have heard that they are very temperamental and do not conduct themselves very well.

Monday, April 6, 2015


Pet Week continues with this picture of a one-legged rooster. This guy was the pet of none other than President Teddy Roosevelt. So, it appears that there were some interesting tastes in pets in presidential families. Not sure how the guy lost his leg.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Pet Raccoon

Welcome to Pet Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at people and their pets this week, and we start with this picture of Mrs. Calvin Coolidge and her pet raccoon. Raccoons are very smart animals but I wonder if they are easily domesticated. Has anyone out there ever tried to make a pet of a raccoon?

Friday, April 3, 2015

Ice Berg

Today's picture is from the 1911-1913 British Expedition to Antarctica. It shows men from the expedition exploring an iceberg.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

George Melville

Today's picture is of George Melville. George had quiet the adventuresome life. He was born in 1841, fought in the Civil War, and then later in the 1800's was a very early Arctic Explorer. There are two navy ships named after him.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Tera Nova Expedition

Today's picture shows the Tera Nova expedition as it reached the South Pole in 1912. They were hoping to be the first to reach the pole, but upon arrival they learned that they had been beaten by a team from Norway about a month prior. The entire Tera Nova team perished on their return journey. There cameras and journals were recovered by a rescue team some months later.