Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Army Blimps

While the large airships are most often associated with Germany, the US Army had a large interest in the craft in the 1920's and 1930's. This picture shows two of the airships circling the Washington Monument. It is generally recognized that most of the real innovation in this type of aircraft was done in Germany.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Parking Zeppelin

Today's picture features the tedious task of parking the Zeppelin. I am thinking you would have to have almost completely still conditions to put the Zeppelin in the Hangar.I wonder how they managed rough weather?

Interesting conversation yesterday in the comments on whether people would enjoy Zeppelin Travel today. Sort of a new version of cruising. I know people would enjoy it, but I wonder if it could be made economically viable. Given the Zeppelins had really limited passenger space (room for maybe 100 passengers), I would bet it would be quiet expensive. 

Monday, November 28, 2011

Airship in Hangar

This is a picture of the Zeppelin parked in a hanger. The hanger appears to be on a floating barge. I was not able to determine where this picture was taken. As I have studied more about airships this week, I have been impressed with how much passenger space they had. The gondola is much bigger than it looks, and decks actually extend up into the lower portion of the airship. Hope to show more on the interior later this week.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Graf Zeppelin over New York

Today's photograph features a scene with the Graf Zeppelin over New York City. It appears to be a little foggy, so you have to look carefully to see the Zeppelin. This video shows what a grand event it was to have the Zeppelin arrive in New York.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Zeppelin over the Tower of David

Today we feature a photograph of the German Graff Zeppelin over the Tower of David in Old Jerusalem. The picture was taken in 1931. This week we will be looking at pictures of these grand old airships.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Crockett Ward and the Blogtrotters

We wrap up Folk Music week with this picture of Crockett Ward and the Blogtrotters. If I am not mistaken the man standing is Fields Ward, whom we featured on Wednesday. We present them singing "Sugar Hill" below. I could not really figure out what that song was about. Maybe one of you can decipher it.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

First Thanksgiving

We take a break from Folk Singer week to wish you all a happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Fields Ward

Today we feature another folk singer from the 1930's . . . Fields Ward. I had not heard of him before, but did find his music interesting. Below you can listen to Fields Ward and the Grayson County Railsplitters singing Way Down in North Carolina.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Stavin' Chain

Today we feature another folk Singer . . . Stavin' Chain. The recording of him is another of Lomax's prison recordings. This one was done at the Ramsey State Farm near Otey, Texas in 1939.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Alan Lomax

Folk Singer week continues with this picture of Alan Lomax. We feature him not so much for what he sang, but what he did. From the 1930's through the 1940's Alan went across the country and recorded "real" folk music from real people. One of the more interesting aspects of his project was his recordings of prison Chain Gangs and other prison work crews. The prisoners would sing to make the work easier, and the tools they used became percussion for their music. As an example of one of his Chain Gang recordings, we present Po' Lasrus below. 

Interestingly, this authentic Chain Gang recording was used in the opening scene of the hit movie "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?" 

Even more interesting, they were actually able to track down the main guy singing on the recording, and he got a completely unexpected, and very generous check for the use of his voice.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Pete Seeger

Today we feature a picture of Folk Singer Pete Seger. Pete is pictured on his way into Federal Court. 

As someone mentioned in the comments yesterday, it turns out that many of these early Folk Singers were communist, or at least communist leaning in their politics. But despite the politics, these guys came out with some great music. For your enjoyment we present some classic Pete Seeger below.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Woody Guthrie

We kick off Folk Singer week with this picture of American Legend Woody Guthrie. This week we will be looking at some of the old time musicians. I want to look at the era before music became so commercialized and "plastic".

So, for all you Woody Guthrie fans we share this recording. Enjoy!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Prospecting in Pinos Altos

We wrap up Old Prospector week with this photo from 1940. The picture shows a prospector working his Rocker Box near Pinos Altos New Mexico. I hope you have enjoyed the pictures this week as much as I have . . . now to decide on a theme for next week!

Thursday, November 17, 2011


Today's picture was taken in 1903. It shows an old prospector in Wyoming, working in the area of Yellowstone. I love the hat . . .the turned up front bill really gives the guy a sense of credibility. I will admit though, I never really understood the "fold the front of the hat upwards" hat style.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

PIke's Peak Prospector

This is my favorite photo so far this week. It was taken around 1900, and it shows an old prospector and his cabin. He is working in the Pike's Peak area of Colorado. I like love the old stove, but wonder why it is not INSIDE the cabin. You also have to wonder what is in the little black jug.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Panning for Gold

Today we feature another old photograph of prospectors. This picture was taken in 1940 near Pinos Altos in New Mexico. I wonder if this was a hobby, or how they made their living.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Prospecting in the Sierra Nevadas

Today's picture shows a prospector in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. The picture was taken in 1866. The man is using a Rocker Box to help in the prospecting. Perhaps some of our Gold Bugs on the site can better explain what a Rocker Box does. I do not completely understand what a white picket fence is doing in the background. 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Prospecting for Gold

Today's picture was taken ni 1889 and it shows some Old Timers mining for gold. The picture was taken near Rockerville in the Dakota Territory. The men are Placer Mining using a Sluice. Placer mining is a technique where you are looking for gold in loose dirt or other sediment. 

Prospecting is still a major hobby in the US although you do not hear it talked about much. When I was in New Mexico I had a number of friends who were avid prospectors in their spare time. I will have to tell you that it is a little bit of a sickness. Yes, they would find nuggets, but the value of the nuggets would never come close to the cost of the equipment, gasoline, supplies and so forth used in their expeditions. They would love to come to work though, and show their exciting finds from the weekends. They always had that dream, though, of finding the big one, and the dream kept them going.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Old Prospector

It is a been a while since we have visited the men of the rugged outdoors, so I think it is time we have an Old Prospectors week. We start with this photograph from Idaho. The picture was taken in 1889. The prospector is Archie Smith, and he is prospecting near Eagle Creek. If you click on the picture you can see details of his camp much better.

Friday, November 11, 2011


Today's picture was taken in about 1935, and it shows a very early form of commercial air travel. The plane is actually a twin engine biplane with closed passenger compartment. I had never seen one like this before. The picture was taken at an airport in Israel.

Thursday, November 10, 2011


Today's picture was taken in 1938 at the airport in Washington DC. The picture shows a group of passengers in front of an airplane. As people have noted earlier this week . . . look how nicely all the people are dressed. I don't understand how we have gotten to the point that so many people want to look "thuggy". When did it become desirable to look like a thug? I believe we sort of act like we dress . . . when we dress nice, we act nice. When we dress like thugs, we . . .

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Today we feature another photograph from the grand old days of Air Travel. These were back in the days when Flight Attendants were still polite. Yes, Flight Attendants have gotten progressively grumpier over the last 20 years, but in fairness, I think it is probably because the travelling public has gotten a lot more impolite, and finally we have gotten to the point where everyone on the airplane is in a foul mood. Mrs. PJM works at the Rental Car counter at the airport. She has some pretty amazing stories about the terrible manners of the traveling public today. The first response everyone has to anything they do not like is to launch into a cussing fit. Ah for the old days when we lived in a polite society.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Flying Veterans

Today's picture was taken in 1938, which would have been the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. The picture was taken in Pennsylvania. They are flying some Battle of Gettysburg veterans over the battlefield for the 75th anniversary of the battle. The battle was in 1863, so you could imagine someone born in 1846 would have been 17 at the time of the battle, and would have been 92 at the 75th anniversary. I also understand that some soldiers could have been quiet a bit younger at the battle. But in any case, by the time the 75th anniversary rolled around, I would image the surviving soldiers would have been no more than a handfull.

Below is rare video from the reunion:

Monday, November 7, 2011

President Roosevelt Flying

Good Monday Morning to you all! This week we are looking, and reminiscing about air travel. Today's picture was taken in 1943, and the President was being flown to North Africa. The headline that went with this picture was . . . "The First President Ever to Fly Seems to Enjoy it Hugely". Now, was FDR really the first President ever to fly . . . if not, who was?

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Eastern Airlines

I guess back in the day Air Travel was a grand event. This picture is from 1938, and famous chefs are shown loading cakes onto the airplane for the passengers. Not something I ever experienced in my decades of air travel. I started traveling in the mid-1980's, and by that time it had already become "cattle cars". The food was terrible, and no customer service. I can even remember when I first started traveling there were still "smoking" sections on the airplanes. Now that was fun . . . the smoke never left the smoking section and bothered the other passengers . . . NOT.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Air Travel

Welcome to Air Travel week here at OPOD. I must admit that I have spent much of my life on an airplane, and I am sad to report most of my memories of air travel are not pleasant ones. I will be sharing my memories this week, and hope you will too. Today's picture is an airplane from British Imperial Airways, and probably taken in the early 1930's.


Most of you by now are aware that the Evil Nate Maas has re-declared war on me, and is raising all types of disturbances on the internet with his vile slander against me. It has become clear that he has broken all the planks of the  August 20, 2010 peace treaty.

While we have grown to expect vile outbreaks like this from Nate, this time he has slumped to new lows, even bringing the Lovely Ms. EAM into the feud. As I explained earlier, the malaria pills Ms. EAM takes leave her vulnerable to confusion and influence. Nate has used this weakened condition, and unending harrasment to try and influence her to join him in his corrupt nonsense.

As any good father would, yes, I read the lovely Ms. EAM's email. Why, you ask? Well, first I go in and delete the spam for her, so when she opens her email she is greeted only with relevant and important email. Then secondly, since she is out of the country, I check to see if anything like bills or matters like that need to be tended to, which I naturally take care of. Then of course if a young man appears to be showing any interest in her, I forward them my soyouwantodatemydaughter exam. It should be noted that no young man has yet to make it past the preamble section of the document, but I am sure at some point a worthy suitor will reveal himself. But I digress. Yesterday as I was performing this loving and fatherly duty, what do you think I find in her eamil? Well, I present the screenshot below. Read it and weap:

Yes, the Evil Nate Mass is secretly communicating with the lovely Ms. EAM trying to turn Daughter against Father, and trying to get her to participate in his evil schemes.

Another truth comes out from the email. Note that Nate ADMITS that he photoshops the pictures of me. For example the picture of me at the Occupy Pugh Park rally . . . he photoshopped it to make me look much heavier and much older than I am. Oh, and the picture of me with the Korean Dictator . . . I am much taller than that.

Finally the truth is out. When will this internet menace be removed from the world wide web?

Friday, November 4, 2011

Men Cannoeing

While looking for Summer Camp pictures, I came across this picture, and while I m not sure it is a summertime picture, I can not help but use it. Wow, is this the perfect scene or what. I love the old wooden canoe, I like the mens clothing and hats, and can see they are about to go fishing. They are smoking pipes, and the one even looks like he has a comfortable chair. Looks like all the makings of the perfect day.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

More Summer Fun

We have more summer fun from the 1920's today with this picture from Arlington Beach. We see three girls riding a donkey. I can honestly say that I have never ridden a donkey, and certainly never ridden one with two other people.


I have an update on yesterday's unpleasantness. It had appeared that Ms. EAM had simply Gone Rouge on us and had started posting inflammatory material over at her blog. But now it has become clear that the Evil Nate Maas is behind it all. Those of you who follow his blog see that he is orchestrating this great rebellion.

In digging into things a little deeper, I have found that the Malaria pills that Ms. EAM is taking have the following side effects:

"The FDA product guide states Mefloquine can cause health problems including: anxiety, hallucinations, depression, unusual behavior, and rebellion among others."

So, apparently the Evil Nate Maas has used the opportunity of Ms. EAM's weakened cognitive state to turn her against all that is good and just and to align with his dark schemes.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Camp Tak It Ezy

Today's picture is another Summer Camp picture from the 1920's. The sign on the tree reads Tak it Ezy, so this looks like my kind of summer camp. I am enjoying reading your camping memories in the comments. One of the big memories I have of summer camp that has not been discussed much are the practical jokes. I remember summer camp being filled with kids playing pranks on each other. When I was at summer camp, this one kid fell asleep before everyone else. He was really out. His name was Billy Charles Gunstead. So he is over there snoring away, and the rest of us are awake. So, we walk over, and very gently, with three people on each side of his cot, pick the cot up. He does not wake up. So we start walking with it. When he starts moving, like he is disturbed, we would put the cot back down. Anyway, we walk him about three miles into the woods like that. Then we put the cot down and come back to camp. It was about 3:00 in the afternoon the next day that he finally found his way back to camp. I have often wondered what he thought when he woke up in the middle of nowhere.


The young lady formerly known as the Lovely Ms. EAM has decided to declare Intercontinental Internet War on me. I would invite you to read back over all my posts to see that I have treated her with nothing but the utmost of respect. She really started prodding me on Monday on her blog. I ignored it figuring it was just some form of latent post traumatic rebellion going on, and then she unloaded with both guns yesterday, and I feel at this point that her insolence and malfeasance can not go unpunished. After all I have done for her . . . changing her diapers, home schooling her for 12 years, paying for her college, and keeping a roof over her head, and then she bites the hand that has fed her. 

So, she wants to play hardball huh. Well, two can play that game and she picked the wrong internet opponent to cross I say. I keep reading her writing . . . "You can not touch me, I am in Africa . . . You can not touch me, I am in Africa".

I throw down the gauntlet and declare war back on her. She will now be known as the Detestable Ms. EAM. 

Oops . . . look whose pickup got left parked out back by Chickie Town:

Oh my, is that Handsome Jack, Joaquin, Sonny and Junior all up on the shiny new pickup? I wonder who put the pickup out there and left it? And what is that up top under Handsome Jack . . .perhaps we should take a closer look

Now that is going to leave a mark. Blahahahaha! Its On Like Donkey Kong!

Internet watchers are holding their breaths to see which side the Evil Nate Maas takes in this Intercontinental Internet War. To date he has remained quiet but all expect him to weigh in shortly.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Writing Letter Home

Today's picture is from 1942, and it shows a picture of a girl at summer camp writing a letter to home. I don't know about you, but I think this picture must have been staged. When I went to summer camp, I did not know anyone who wrote letters, even though we were supposed to. When you were away from home, did you write letters?