Saturday, March 31, 2012

Roaring Twenties

Welcome to the Fashions of the Roaring Twenties Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at the clothes and styles of this period. We start with this picture from 1925 which shows some of the over the top looks people were going for back then. I will be honest with you that I am not a fan of looks from this period. In particular, I don't care for how the women all appeared to have their hair short, and pasted down to their heads.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Sugar House

Today's picture shows the maple sap being brought back to the sugar house. Inside the sugar house is a large vat and a burner. The maple sap is cooked down until it becomes the thick maple syrup we all love. I have enjoyed looking at these peaceful scenes from Vermont this week. Sort of makes me lonesome for simpler times.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sap Bucket

Today's picture shows a young man collecting the Sap Buckets which contain the maple sap. In looking at the pictures this week, I wonder if there is ever or has ever been a problem of Maple Sap Rustlers . . . that is, someone who might come in and rob the sap buckets. Cattle Rustling was a big problem at various times in the past, and so I wonder if people had to keep a close watch on their maple trees.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Collecting Sap

This picture shows a group in Vermont collecting sap from Maple Trees. You can see the buckets hanging on trees, and they are collecting and dumping the sap into a vat on a sled, pulled by horses. The dog looks like he is having a good time in the snow.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Horse Drawn Sled

This is another picture from Vermont in 1940 showing a horse drawn sled being used to collect maple sap to be used for maple syrup. It is hard to imagine anything more peaceful than this scene.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Hauling Maple Sap

I love this picture from 1940 Vermont. It shows a farmer bringing in Maple Sap on a horse drawn sled. I wonder if they still use horses to pull in the vats of maple sap they collect, or if they use four wheeler's or other mechanized means.  

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Collecting Sap

Today's picture is from 1940 and was taken in Vermont. It shows a man hanging a bucket on a tree to collect  maple sap to make syrup with. This farmer has 400 acres, and can make $1,000 per year from selling syrup. The question is, how much would that be in today's terms? Well, in 1940 the average car cost $850, so he made enough to buy a car and have some left over. So, I would estimate that would be like making about $30,000 today.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Tapping Maple Tree

Welcome  to Maple Syrup Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at pictures from a bygone era of families making their own Maple Syrup. This picture is from 1940, and shows a man in Vermont drilling a hole in a maple tree to collect the sap. This particular guy has 1,000 trees on his farm, and produces about 150 gallons of syrup a year. Just doing rough calculations you probably could not support a family doing that, so he likely had other farming or agriculture endeavors, and perhaps did the syrup as a side business.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Siamese Twins

When we started Twins Week, I promised myself I would not turn into Conjoined Twins week. For the most part I did pretty well, but just could not resist using this picture. It was taken in 1902, and shows an operating room where doctors are attempting to separate the twins. One cringes at the conditions in the operating room. There is less concern than you would find today in a typical fast food restaurant, where they at least wear gloves and hair nets.


Happy to say we were able to get the lovely Ms. EAM home yesterday, where she will begin a period of rest and recuperation. I appreciate all  your prayers for her, and firmly believe that there was great power in those prayers.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Twin Girls

Today's picture shows twin girls posing with a police officer. I am not sure where the picture was taken, but it does look a little like the White House. It looks like other pictures I have seen taken of people visiting the White House. I can not be sure, but that would be my guess.


As many of you know, the Lovely Ms. EAM has been in Africa for the last 7 months serving as village nurse for the Mattaw Children's Village. She came down with Malaria, and basically has not been able to shake it. She has been sick for going on 2 months now, and all the malaria and medications have taken their toll and basically she was just not able to turn the corner and start getting well and getting her strength back. So, the people she works for, and her family decided the time had come that she MUST come home and seek modern medical attention. Our concern then became that she would have to be well enough to actually get on the airplane for the long trip home. I am happy to say that she departed Africa last night, made it safely to London, and is now on her way to Dallas, where Mrs. PJM and I will pick her up this afternoon. Kim Huffman, who started Mattaw, was kind enough to accompany Miss EAM on her trip back to Dallas. The concern was that she would get halfway home and have another relapse and then not have anyone to tend to her. So, I appreciate all the prayers and kind wishes from you all. I believe that once we get her home and to modern doctors we can get things sorted out and get her health and strength back. And, many HUGE thanks to Bud and Kim Huffman who were incredible in taking care of her in this tough situation. Oh, and I asked her if she could bring Georgie back with her, but she said that would be frowned on by village management.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Flying Twins

Today's picture was taken around 1910, and it shows twins getting ready for an airplane flight. Now, I have to really believe they wee just posing on the airplane . . . they were not really going to fly the thing were they?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Twin Girls

This picture is from 1914 and shows twin girls getting ready to go in the car. My guess is that they are on their way to church. Have you noticed how the parents of twins can never resist dressing them the same? I am sure I would be the same way, though. The car looks like it is a Buick Roadster.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Twin Brothers

Today's picture shows twin brothers who sell newspapers. The picture is from 1909, and was taken in Hartford, Connecticut.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Pygopagus Twins

Today's picture is from about 1920, and it shows twin boys on a small pedal car. The boys are Pygopagus Twins, or conjoined, facing opposite directions. This is a very rare condition. Today, they always try and separate conjoined twins but back in the day, they just figured out how to live with it.  

Saturday, March 17, 2012


Welcome to Twins Week here at OPOD. We kick things off with this picture showing a set of twins. No, not the babies . . . the mothers are twins. The twin mothers had their babies on the same day. Interestingly, this was the second time they gave birth at the same time. The picture is from 1937.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Small People from the Philippines

We are wrapping up Miniature Person Week today with this picture from 1914. The picture shows a small couple from the Philippines. I was not able to find any other information on the picture.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Small Couple

We kick off Giant Week today with this picture of a couple standing next to a 12 foot giant. Just kidding . . . had to beat the Evil Nate Mass to the joke. No, this is a normal sized man standing next to a small couple. The picture was taken in 1924, but I could not find the names of the people. I do notice that there appears to be a half smoked cigar on the steps in front of them . . . wonder which one of them threw out their cigar before they snapped the picture.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Barnum's Circus

It appears that a well proportioned small person could always find reasonably good work with P. T. Barnum. The picture above is from about 1910, and it shows a small person in the Circus Arena. By this time Barnum himself was gone, but his tradition of employing small people lived on.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

General Tom Thumb

Today's picture was taken in 1863, and shows General Tom Thumb. His real name was Charles Stratton. He was given the Tom Thumb character by P.T. Barnum. He died at a relatively young age of around 45 from a stroke.

Friday, March 9, 2012

First Day of School

Today's picture was taken in 1905, and shows two children under an umbrella. The boy is wearing a sailor suit, and the girl a fancy dress and hat. The picture is labeled "First Day of School". It looks to be some sort of advertising or promotional material.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Beach Umbrella

Today's picture was taken in 1923, and is shows a child on the beach with an umbrella. She looks to be holding a doll, and maybe a paper fan.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Woman in Boat

Today's picture was taken in 1915, and shows a woman with an umbrella in a boat. She is dangling her hand in the water. It is a very peaceful picture. I really enjoy lazy days on the river in a small boat.

Thank you for all the kind messages and prayers for the Lovely Ms. EAM. She was able to actually go out yesterday, the first time in about a month. I am hopeful she will be able to get back on the job shortly. I sometimes wonder if much of the poverty in Africa might be able to be traced back to Malaria. When so many people are so sick so much or the time, it is very hard to have the energy to go out and build factories or invent things.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Woman with Baby and Umbrella

Today's picture was taken in 1913, and it shows a woman with a baby stroller and an umbrella. She is also wearing a very fancy hat. I like to see how elegantly people dressed back in this era.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Dead Sea

Umbrella Week continues here at OPOD with this picture of a man floating in the dead sea. The picture was taken in the 1910's. The dead sea is so salty, you float like a cork when you get in it. This gentleman is enjoying a good book as he floats in the sea. Not sure how he turns the page since the umbrella is in his other hand.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Woman with Umbrella

Welcome to Umbrella Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at this fashion accessory in use over the last hundred or so years. Today's photograph was taken in 1912, and was used as a sign at a movie theater to remind folks to not forget things at the theater.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Farmer in Diner

We wrap up Diner Week with this picture of a farmer in a diner in Pie Town, New Mexico. The picture was taken in 1940. The man looks troubled.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Old Cafe

This is an interesting picture of an old Cafe taken in 1939. It is in Robstown, Texas. There is lots of interesting detail if you zoom in on the picture. The buildings serves as both a Mexican Cafe, and a grocery store.