Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Michigan Rural Store

Today's picture shows a Country Store in a rural area of Michigan. It was taken around 1900, and the establishment is called the "Cannon Ball". I love the quaint look of the store, and the horse-drawn buggies out front.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Country Store

Today's picture shows a Country Store in Venezuela. The picture was taken around 1900. You can still find many scenes like this in Latin America, especially in rural areas, where things change slowly.

Monday, September 28, 2015

General Store

Today's picture shows the interior of a General Store. The picture was taken around 1900 in Westminster, Maryland. I really like how everyone is dressed nicely. Also, I bet the pot belly stove could really put some heat out in the winter.

Sunday, September 27, 2015


General Store Week continues with this picture from Caracas, Venezuela. The picture was taken around 1900. You can see coconuts under the counter, ham and garlic hanging in the background, and then what looks like cooking oil. Looks like a very interesting place to shop.

Saturday, September 26, 2015


Welcome to General Store Week here at OPOD. We will look at to a time when shopping was a more personal experience, where we bought our stuff from local proprietors who were a real part of our community. Yes, we are looking at the days before Walmart and the big box stores. Today's picture was taken in Detroit at the turn of the last century.

Friday, September 25, 2015


We wrap up Cowboy Week today with this picture of a group of cowboys sitting on a fallen tree. The picture was taken in 1904 on the FDW ranch in New Mexico. The thing that strikes me about this picture, and most of the pictures this week is how fit and trim everyone is. Folks we are a nation of fat people today. It is the junk food, processed foods, and way to many carbs. This is a great video on why we are so fat. Could the food pyramid we have been taught for the last 50 years really be all wrong? Thought provoking interview.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Cowboy Camp

This is a great picture from 1904 showing an authentic Cowboy Camp. This is the real deal with the men sitting around a chuckwagon, getting ready for supper. You can see a creek, and the herd in the background.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Watering Herd

Today's picture shows cowboys watering the herd. the picture was taken in 1904 in the Texas Panhandle. It looks like the photographer captured his wagon in the picture. I dont know if it was an accident or on purpose.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Branding Cattle

This is another great picture from the Texas Panhandle in 1904. The picture shows a group of cowboys branding cattle on the open range. You can see that the cowboy on the horse ropes a calf by the back legs, pulls him down, and then cowboys on the ground hold him down while the guy comes around with the hot brand to brand them. A beautiful picture from a bygone era.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Texas Cowboys

Today's picture shows a group of Texas Cowboys mounted up on a ranch in Rita Blanco Canyon. The picture was taken in 1904 in the Texas Panhandle. You can see the ranch headquarters in the background.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Water Break

Today's picture shows a cowboy taking a water break. The picture was taken in 1939 on a ranch in Montana. You can see the water came from an aluminum jug, and he is holding the lid to the container in his left hand. Typically the cup would be hung on a nail somewhere nearby, and everyone would share the same cup.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Working Cowboy

Last week was Apache Indian Week, so what better thing that to follow it up with Cowboy Week. Today's picture was taken in 1934, and anyone who ever saw a real working cowboy can tell you what he is doing. Want to hazard a guess?

Friday, September 18, 2015

Apache Camp

This is an incredible picture of Geronimo's camp before he was captured by the US army. You can see a number of children and adults in the picture. The really amazing thing is that these is one white child in the picture. The child, Santiago McKinn had been captured by the Apache.

There is a really great book called "Nine Years with the Indians". It was about a boy who lived in my area that was captured by the Apache. He later escaped and joined the Comanche, and became the adopted son of Quanah Parker. He completely adapted to the Indian culture, and considered himself an Indian. Eventually when his group was captured and moved to the reservation, people noticed he was white, and he was eventually returned to his natural family, but he was never able to adapt to western culture. 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Apache on Horseback

Today's picture is from 1903, and it shows Apache on Horseback. The picture was taken at a time that the traditional lifestyle of these native people was coming to an end.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Apache Chief

Today's picture is from 1904 and shows an Apache Chief. Not just any Apache Chief, but the most famous of all . . . Geronimo. Geronimo was a fierce warrior, and one of the last holdouts in the Indian Wars.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Apache Man

Today's picture shows the profile of an Apache Man. The picture was taken around 1906.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Old Apache

Today's picture shows an old Apache man. The picture was taken in 1903. It is hard to say how old the man is, but it would be certain that he saw lots of interesting things in his life.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Apache Brave

Welcome to Apache Indian Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at these wonderful indigenous people. The picture was taken in the latter part of the 1800's and was taken in Tuscon Arizona. It is interesting that he maintains his traditional hair and bandana headdress, but yet is wearing what looks like a tailored vest. I wish we knew more about this man, but unfortunately there is no other information.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Migrant Tent Camp

We wrap up the Great Depression Week with this picture of a man living out of a tent. It looks like he is in the midst of a bunch of mesquite trees, and it looks like he is not getting enough to eat. The picture was taken in 1939 near Harlingen, Texas.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Migrant Mother and Child

Today's picture shows a Migrant Mother and Child. The picture was taken in 1939. By this time people must have wondered if the Great Depression was ever going to end. The picture was taken in Harlingen, Texas.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Migrant Camp

Today's picture shows a man living in a Migrant Labor Camp in Texas. The picture was taken in 1939. The thing that always strikes me it the stark contrast between the pictures in the 20's and 30's. The people in the 20's did not have a care in the world, and did not have a clue what was about to hit them.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Migrant Farmer

Today's picture shows a migrant worker during the Great Depression. The picture was taken on a farm in California. The man looks to be about 60 years old. What a struggle it must have been for the old folks during the depression. Many had their savings wiped out by bank failures, and then lost their farms from the great drought.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Old Woman

Today's picture shows an 80 year old woman living in a tent in a migrant worker camp in California. The woman and her family had to move from Oklahoma in hope of finding work. How sad that after a lifetime of hard work, ending up living in a tent and looking for day labor.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Migrant Workers

After the financial collapse of 1929, very soon every one in America was affected . . . even those with no investments in the stock market. The financial collapse led to bank failures and failures of large and small businesses. This, combined with a horrific drought caused business and commerce in the company to lock up. The end result was massive unemployment, and broke migrants traveling across the country looking for work. The picture above is a family wiped out in Oklahoma, now driving to California in the hopes of finding work.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Great Depression

Last week was Financial Collapse Week, and so this week we will have the Great Depression Week. Today's picture shows children of the Great Depression. The picture was taken in Oklahoma. Unfortunately, I fear we have forgotten the lessons of the 1930's

Friday, September 4, 2015

Bread Lines

We wrap up Financial Collapse Week with this picture of Americans standing in bread lines. One of the inevitable outcomes of a financial collapse is a loss of purchasing power, and many are left standing in lines and hoping for the generosity of strangers to survive.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Bank Run

Today's picture shows a full blown Bank Run in Germany. The run was started with the declaration of war in 1914. This was the start of World War I. What tough times, bank runs and world war.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Stock Market Crash of 1929

Today's picture shows the scene outside the New York Stock Exchange as the market crashed in 1929. Can you imagine all these people realizing they were not going to get their money? Live savings evaporated in a day? What turmoil that must have been as this started unfolding.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Worthless Dollars

In countries where the currency collapses and runaway inflation occurs, the bank notes become worthless almost as fast as they are printed. The population then becomes creative in what to do with their now worthless money. These children are using their families now worthless Billions in bank notes as building blocks.