Friday, April 29, 2011

Bell Telephone

Today's picture was taken in 1916, and it shows a Bell Telephone truck. The picture was taken during a strike by operators. I am not sure if the truck is bringing in women to break the strike, or if the women on the truck are striking.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

United States Express Truck

Today's picture was taken in about 1910, and it shows men loading a cabinet onto a United States Express Company truck. I guess this was before the day of loading docks, as the men are lifting it by hand. I believe the truck is parked at the Bureau of Printing in Washington DC.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Old Dump Trucks

Today's picture is from about 1910. It shows three old dump trucks. The sign on the building and on the trucks reads "S. M. Frazier". I am not sure what kind of business it was.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Delivery Truck

Good Tuesday morning to you all. Old Truck Week continues with this fine specimen from 1912. The picture was taken in Washington DC, and it shows another truck from the Woodward and Lothrop Department Store. Interesting that this vehicle really looks like a wagon, or truly a "Horseless Carriage".

Monday, April 25, 2011

Old Delivery Truck

Good morning to you all, and I hope each of you had a blessed Easter weekend. I had a great time, and our sunrise service was excellent. That is why I was late posting a picture yesterday . . . I got up at 4:00 AM, got over there before 5:00, and then helped with making the breakfast burritos. We had 150 people show up at 7:00 by the river for the service. That is pretty good for a community of about 300 people.

OK, not back on task . . . I love old trucks, so this week will be old truck week. We kick things off with the picture above. It was taken in 1912 in Washington DC, and it shows a delivery truck for the Woodward and Lothrop department store. I like the simple and elegant design of the truck.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter

A cross in Jerusalem from the early 1900's. Have a blessed Easter!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Via Dolorosa

Good Friday Morning to you all. This morning's picture was taken in Jerusalem in the early 1900's. It shows station 5 on the Via Dolorosa, or Way of Suffering. It is the path, tradition says, that Christ took on the way to the crucification.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Wailing Wall

This morning we feature a picture of the Jewish Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. The wall is part of the Temple Mount, and was part of the original Jewish Temple which was destroyed by Titus, a Roman general, in AD 70. In looking at the crowd, I think it might be all men. I wonder what the tradition is/was related to men and women praying at the wall.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Good Wednesday morning to you all. This morning we feature a picture showing a scene in Jerusalem in the 1920's. The background is interesting, as you see what looks like a military man, men dressed up, and maybe men in Arab clothing. Not sure what the event was.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Dead Sea

Our tour of Israel continues this morning with this photograph from the early 1900's. The pictures shows a man relaxing in the Dead Sea. I guess the Dead Sea is so salty that you actually bob like a cork in it rather than sinking. You can see he is floating quiet nicely, and is even reading a book and shading himself with an umbrella.

Monday, April 18, 2011


Today's picture was taken in Jerusalem in the early 1900's and it shows shepherds tending a flock of sheep. Notice how the shepherd in the background is carrying one of the sheep that had gotten separated from the flock.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sea of Galilee

OK, I will flat out admit that I forgot the Mystery Person Contest yesterday. I go to a Men's Bible study from 7:30 to 9:00 on Saturdays. I get back to the house at 9:00, and then kick the contest off. When I got back yesterday, my Mom was here for a visit. I saw her car and went out to the greenhouse to greet her. Then once I was out there one thing led to another, and I just forgot about the contest. I try hard to get a picture up every day. I have missed a few days in the past because of internet outages, but I believe this is the first time I just forgot to do it.

Now, about the picture . . . It was taken around 1934, and it shows some fishermen on a boat in the Sea of Galilee. I really like the picture, and I did a little color toning in photoshop to give it a hand tinted look. 

I have had the opportunity to travel all over the world, but the one place that I have always wanted to go, but have never had the chance to go is Israel. When I was young, I had the time, but did not have the money. When I was older, I did not have the time. So, I am still hopeful that one day I will get the chance to take a nice trip to Israel.

I know everyone would like to have a domestic update. The truth is, I am pretty worn down right now, and it has been a long school year. On the weekends, I am just trying to get caught up on all the things that were left undone throughout the week. I will try to do better at getting some Chickie Town material put together soon.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Coleman's Scoreboard

Yesterday Nate mentioned the Coleman Scoreboard, so I thought I would show a picture of it here. Unlike the mechanical board I showed yesterday, the Coleman board showed a graphic representation of a game in a movie theater. The operator of the machine would be receiving a ticker tape report on what was happening in the game. He would then operate the machine, such that those watching could tell what was happening in the game. In the picture above, the large white sheet is the screen. The men and the Coleman contraption are actually behind the screen. The viewers are sitting in seats on the other side of the screen. The screen was translucent, and had an image of a baseball diamond on it. The Coleman device was a series of lights, and would project images of baseball players onto the back of the screen, which could then be seen on the front. So, you could see a figure running from 1st base to second base, if that is what was happening in the game.

The outdoor boards like I showed yesterday had little mechanical figures that would advance around the bases. I still have not been able to find out what those boards were called. I saw it once, and it was a fancy name, like animatrons, or something like that, but I can not find the story that I had read on them.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Baseball Crowd

Today's picture shows a crowd watching a baseball scoreboard. The picture was taken in 1917. During this era, there were elaborate scoreboards that would show what was going on in the game. They even had little mechanical figures on the bases, or going around the diamond. I was like you watched a mechanical reenactment of the game on the board. There was a special name for these sophisticated mechanical scoreboards, but I am not able to remember the name. Do any of you remember?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

1915 Boston Red Sox

This picture is from around 1915, and it shows a group of Boston Red Sox players at a game. Pictured from left to right are Babe Ruth, Ernie Shore, Rube Foster, and Del Gainer.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

1917 World Series

Today's picture shows some players at the 1917 World Series. Pictured are Eddie Murphy, John "Shano" Collins, Joe Jackson, Happy Felsch. and Nemo Leibold. 

Monday, April 11, 2011

Ty Cobb

Today's picture was taken in 1913, and it shows two legends of baseball. Ty Cobb is on the left in the Detroit uniform, and Joe Jackson is on the right in the Cubs uniform.

I really believe back at this time that men played more for the love of the game. I have to admit that I have gotten pretty disgusted with all professional sports at this point. There is way too much showboating and grandstanding, and it is all about the individual superstar, and not about the team or the fans. 

Sunday, April 10, 2011

President Wilson at Baseball Game

Today's picture is from 1916, and it shows President Woodrow Wilson throwing out the first ball of the season. It was opening day.

I am having baseball week this week because several of you had asked for it. So, hope you enjoy it.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Women's Costumes

We wrap up Christoval Week with this picture from about 1900. The picture shows a group of women, all wearing costumes. I am not sure what the event was . . .  perhaps a July 4th presentation?

Anyway, I have had a great time looking through these pictures, and hope you have enjoyed them as well.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Woodmen Circle

I have to say I am sad to see we our time this week to look at old Christoval, Texas pictures is quickly coming to an end. I have enjoyed these pictures the last few weeks, and hope that one day I can find more good pictures of the area. Today's picture shows a group shot, around a banner that reads, "Christoval Grove No. 806 Woodmen Circle." For a group called WoodMEN their sure appears to be a lot of women in the picture. I am not sure what type of organization this was, and not sure what a "grove" is.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Tent Revival

Good Wednesday Morning to you all. Hope you all are having a good week. Today's picture shows one of the old time tent revival meetings on the South Concho River in Christoval. The picture looks to be from the 1920's. The tents are not the revival tent, but are the tents people camped in while attending the week long revival meeting.

Looking at all these old revival pictures makes me nostalgic, and it makes me think we should try and get the old tent meetings going again, and bring back this wonderful Christoval Legacy. Hmmm . . . maybe start small, with an Easter Sunrise Service in the park, right where this picture was taken. Thats what we should do, and that is what we are going to do. Consider yourselves invited! 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Camp Revival

Good Tuesday Morning to you. I hope you are having a good week, and maybe enjoying the pretty springtime weather. Today's picture shows a Camp Revival meeting on the South Concho River. You can see the kids having a good time swimming in the river, and you can see some of the camp tents in the background.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Revival Meeting

As you know, we have extended Christoval, Texas week for another week. Today's picture was taken around 1900, and shows a group of people on the banks of the South Concho river. The people were attending a revival meeting. As I read about these meetings, I learned it was not unusual for a hundred people to be baptized at a time in the river. 

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Gather at the River

Good Sunday Morning to you all. This morning I feature another Christoval, Texas picture from about 1900. The picture shows ladies preparing a picnic on the shores of the South Concho River. It was part of a week long old-time tent revival meeting.

You see, Christoval used to be a great meeting place for tent revivals and encampments. These types of meetings would run all summer along the South Concho, and thousands of people from all over the country would attend.

My dad shared with me that his earliest memories were sitting on the banks of the South Concho river at one of these revival meetings, sitting in his mother's lap, and listening to the fiery preaching of Dr. George Washington Truett, one of the biggest evangelist of the day. 

These tent revivals and encampments went on from the late 1800's on up into the 1930's. In the 1930's there was a major flood, and it washed out the facilities, and with the Great Depression, there was not the resources or the energy to rebuilt.

The area now is the local hangout, where teenagers go to drink beer and smoke pot on the weekend. To me it is a shame that we had such a wonderful legacy, and then let it go.

Perhaps we should try and restart the tradition of the old tent revivals along the river. Hmmm . . . maybe a sunrise Easter service there would be a start.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Mystery Person Contest

Let the Games Begin!

This contest is closed. PJM is the winner.

The man is Dr. George Washington Truett. He was one of the great revival preachers of the late 1800's and early 1900's. Sort of the Billy Graham of that time period.

He was Pastor of First Baptist of Dallas, Texas, but one of his favorite places to preach was at the tent revivals and encampments at Christoval, Texas.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Head of the River Ranch

Today's picture shows the Head of the River Ranch near Christoval, Texas in about 1900. The Head of the River Ranch was the hub of ranching activities in the area. I found many fascinating stories about the place, and it is steeped in rich history. The Head of the River Ranch is where the South Concho River comes bubbling out of the ground. It is still in operation today, and I hear it remains a magnificent place. Unfortunately, I have never received an invite to go see it. Hmmm . . . maybe someday.

As I read true life stories about places like the Head of the River Ranch, I am amazed that Hollywood Movies have become so poor and predictable. It is like they keep making the same movie over and over. I wish they would do more on the fascinating stories of real people and places in history.