Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Robert Peary

Explorer Week continues with the picture of Robert Peary. The picture was taken during a 1907 expedition. Peary has generally been believed to be the first person to reach the North Pole.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Amazon Explorer

Today's picture shows an explorer in the Amazon Jungle. He is going down the Amazon on a log raft with an Indian Guide. I find it interesting that the man appears to be wearing a necktie. I would think at this point you would be going more for functionality and comfort in your attire. I can not help but wonder if he is a missionary.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Donald MacMillan

Today's picture was taken in 1922 and shows arctic explorer Donald MacMillan. He is not one of the ones claiming to be the first to reach the poles, but he was one of the most prolific as far as genuinely exploring the arctic region, and produced many essential maps and documentation of the area. Interestingly, he lived all the way to 1970.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Frederick Cook

Welcome to Explorer's Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at larger than life figures in the world of exploration, and will be looking at the pioneers. Today we feature a picture of Frederick Cook taken in 1911 in the arctic. The issue of who in fact was the first to reach the north pole remains a controversial topic to this day. Many now doubt the claims made by Cook to have reached the pole. I will not try to unravel the tangled mess of which explorer actually reached the pole, but will instead admire the courage of these men to undertake the expeditions they did. 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Roosevelt Speaking

This is a picture of Roosevelt giving a speech in 1912. He was a wonderful orator and spoke with great passion. Truly a larger than life character.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

President Roosevelt

Today we feature a picture of Roosevelt looking presidential. The picture was taken during the last part of his presidency.  I like the globe in the picture, reflecting the fact he was a world traveler and explorer.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Roosevelt in Knickers

It is not just every man that has the self confidence to wear Knickers. I would say Roosevelt was one man who could pull it off. The big axe certainly helps the overall outfit. The picture was taken in 1898.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Teddy Roosevelt in Earlier Days

This is  a picture of Teddy Roosevelt in days before he was famous as a military man or president. He is posed here as a hunter. He really was an adventurous sort. The picture was taken in 1885.

Monday, March 23, 2015


Today we have another picture of Teddy Roosevelt during his Military Years. The picture was taken in 1898. Also, we have another quote from him:

Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Teddy Roosevelt

This is another military portrait of Teddy Roosevelt from back in his Rough Rider days. Also, another of my favorite quotes from Teddy Roosevelt:

In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Colonel Roosevelt

Welcome to Teddy Roosevelt Week! We will be looking at pictures of one of my favorite presidents. Roosevelt was genuinely a larger than life character who simply would not be stopped. This picture of him was during his brief time in the military when he led the Rough Riders in the Cuban War. Below is one of my favorite quotes of Roosevelt:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Mountain Folks

We wrap up Appalachian Mountain Week with this picture of some mountain folk. The picture was taken in 1910. Not sure what is hanging in the background on the porch.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Appalachian Music

Today we have a picture of a couple of Old Timers in the Appalachian Mountains. The picture was taken in 1914. One man appears to be playing a flute of fife, and the other is listening. Would love to be able to hear the music of these two Mountain Men.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Old Timers

Today's picture shows some real old timers in front of a cabin. I see two spinning wheels but am not sure the difference in purpose between the big one and smaller one.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Appalachian Mountain Farmhouse

Today's picture is from 1936 and it shows a farmhouse in the Appalachian Mountains. I have to say that living in such a cabin would be very attractive to me. I would be happy to give up modern conveniences in exchange for such natural beauty.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Appalachian Family

Today's picture shows an Appalachian Family. The picture was taken in 1936 near Marshall, North Carolina. The home looks fairly clean and warm to me.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Appalachian Cabin

Welcome to Appalachian Mountains Week here are OPOD. We will be looking at some of the sites and people of the Appalachias. We start with this picture of a log cabin from 1936.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Planting Corn

Today's picture shows a farmer planting his corn. The picture was taken in Mississippi in 1937. Looks like he is planting the whole field by hand.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Spring Potato Planting

Today's picture is from Maine and shows a farmer getting ready to plant is potato crop. The picture was taken in the spring of 1943.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Today's picture shows a farmer picking up his beans in preparation for planting. The picture was taken in 1940 in Pie Town, New Mexico. The picture reminds me of the interesting movie, The Milagro Beanfield Wars. That was a good movie, but it was not very well known.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Spring Garden

Today's picture shows a couple planting a backyard garden. The picture was taken in 1940 in Iowa. It looks to me like a fine plot of ground and they are well on their way to having it plowed.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Preparing the Ground

Today's picture shows farmers getting the ground ready for spring planting. The picture is in North Carolina and was taken in 1936. I am not sure what the horses are pulling. I wonder if it is a plow, but laying on its side.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Old School

This picture shows a Farmer's Son getting ready for spring planting. The picture was taken in 1939 in Alabama. I believe the device is for putting fertilizer in the soil. Likely, the field has already been plowed. The implement is being pulled by a mule.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Spring Planting

This has been a really cold winter here in West Texas, but finally today I was hearing some sounds of spring outside. I am hopeful that this cold spell we are coming out of is the last one for the season.

So, in celebration of the soon arrival of spring, this will be Spring Planting Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at farmers and gardeners working to get their crops planted. For you gardeners out there, the time has come to begin getting ready for planting.

The picture above was taken in 1943, and it shows a farmer getting his field plowed.

Friday, March 6, 2015


We wrap up Store Front week today with this picture from Atlanta, Georgia. It was taken in 1936 and shows a Garage. Looks like you could buy parts, new and used tires, and get your car serviced.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Paint Store

Today's picture shows the front of a paint store in Shelly, Minnesota. The picture was taken in 1913. It looks almost like the town is just being built, so a paint store would probably have lots of business.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Clothing Store

Today's picture shows a clothing store in Anchorage, Alaska. The picture was taken around 1900. The owner proprietor is standing out front. Certainly looks like he claims low prices, but I wonder if there were really any good deals. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

General Store

Today's picture is from 1942, and it shows the General Store in West Danville, Vermont. It looks like a couple of men are catching up on the local happenings in front of the store.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Country Store

Today's picture shows a country store from 1914. I love how you have both automobiles, and horse and wagons at the store. Also customers can visit with the chickens producing the eggs they are buying.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Feed Store

Another icon of small town America was the Feed Store. The Feed Store typically sold seeds, farm supplies, and animal feeds. The picture above was taken in 1935 in Alabama.