Tuesday, September 30, 2014


This picture shows some police officers enjoying a cup of coffee on a cold wintery day. The picture was made on around 1920. I am glad we do not get many dreary days like that in West Texas.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Traffic Police

Today's picture shows a traffic policeman aiding some women in crossing the street. The picture was taken in 1911, and traffic in congested cities was managed by policeman such as this one. I love the fancy clothes the women are wearing.

Sunday, September 28, 2014


Today's picture is from back in the days of prohibition. The picture was taken in the 1920's in New York, and it shows law enforcement officers disposing of some confiscated bootleg.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Oklahoma Sheriff

Welcome to Law Enforcement Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at those who protect and serve this week. We start with this picture of the Sheriff of McAlester, Oklahoma. He is sitting out front of the jail.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Gambling Hall

We wrap up Games of Chance Week with this picture of a Gambling Hall. The picture was taken in Telluride, Colorado in the early 1900's. You can see a roulette wheel in the foreground and it looks like some games of poker going on further back in the picture.  

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Poker Game

Today's picture shows a Poker Game in New Mexico. The picture was taken in 1943 in Colfax Country. I am guessing this is in someone's home.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Pool Hall

Today's picture shows a Pool Hall in California. The picture was taken in 1940 near the Shasta Dam project. When I was growing up, pool was definitely considered a very bad thing, and I would have been in a lot of trouble if my parents ever heard I was playing pool. Pool was associated with betting, fighting, drinking and smoking.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Domino Hall

Today's picture shows a Domino Hall in Sebastian, Texas. The picture was taken in 1939. There was a domino hall in the little town I grew up in, and it was definitely not a place you were supposed to go to. Alcohol was not served there, but people did bet on games, and the language was strong.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Shooting Dice on the Mississippi Delta

Today's picture shows Cotton Workers playing a game of chance. They are shooting dice. The picture was taken on the Mississippi Delta,

Sunday, September 21, 2014


Games of Chance Week continues here at OPOD with this picture of soldiers playing poker. The picture was taken in 1893 at Camp McKibbin.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Games of Chance

Welcome to Games of Chance week here at OPOD. We will be looking at different ways hard working people loose their money. We start today with the coal miners playing dice outside the company store in West Virgina.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Checkers at Service Station

Today's picture shows a great scene for America's past . . . some old guys sitting around a service station playing checkers. What a common site this used to be, but just about completely gone now. I can not remember the last time I saw a scene like this.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Service Station

Ah yes, a picture from back in the day when there was actually "service" at a service station. I remember those days, and I think it was in the mid-70's when the "Self Service" idea was introduced.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cleveland Ohio

Today's picture is from 1937, and it shows a busy gas station. The picture was taken in Cleveland, Ohio. It looks like this station has four pumps.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Old Gas Station

Today's picture is from 1939, and it shows a service station in Butte, Montana. Interesting that gas was eighteen cents a gallon. I can remember in the 1960's gas being in the 20 something cents a gallon. It was a pretty big shock in the 70's when gas actually hit a dollar a gallon. I can remember that the gas pumps and the signs had not been configured properly for gas to ever reach that level.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Texaco Station

Today's picture is from 1940, and shows a Texaco service station. Interesting to see the billboards and read all the ads.

Those of you who guessed yesterday's picture was Billy Carter's gas station were correct. The mini-contest today is this . . . Can you remember the advertising jingle for Texaco in the 1960's and 1970's?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Gas Station

This is what I remember gas stations looking like. They were independently owned, and each one with its own unique style.

This gas station was actually famous . . . can anyone remember it, or why it had notoriety?

Saturday, September 13, 2014


Welcome to Service Station Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at pictures from back in the day that gas stations were independently owned, and the owner would actually come out and fill your car, wash your windshield, check your oil and tires, and catch you up on local news. For all the progress we have made in technology over the last 50 years, what has suffered is customer service, which there is none of any more with most things being done in big box stores by minimally functional minimum wage employees.

Friday, September 12, 2014


We wrap up Bus Week with this picture of a Greyhound Bus from 1943. I can remember growing up I would sometimes take a greyhound bus to go see my aunt who lived some 50 miles away. At the time you would not think anything about putting your 11 or 12 year old on a bus by themselves. I have not ridden a Greyhound since way back then, so am not sure what the experience is like now.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

School Bus at Gas Station

Today's picture shows a school bus loading up at a Gas Station. one wonders if the students are on a trip and stopping for fuel and a break. The picture was from 1940.

I have not seen a Texaco gas station in a long time. It used to be one of the more popular ones but perhaps has been bought out by one of the other oil companies.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Old School Bus

Today's picture shows children on an old style school bus. The picture was taken in 1925, and the front of the bus is reminiscent of a Model T ford. I am not sure when the tradition of taking students to school on buses began, but this must be a pretty early example.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

School Bus

Today's picture shows children loading onto a School Bus. The picture was taken in a rural area of Oregon in 1939. I did not know there were areas of Oregon so flat and treeless.

Monday, September 8, 2014

School Bus

OK, thank you for your patience as I have been having internet problems at home. So we kick things off today with Bus Week. We start with this picture from 1905 of a School Bus.

Hope you all will share memorable stories of Bus Rides this week.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Internet Down

My internet is down and I will not be able to post again till Monday morning. Check back then!

Girl's Playground

We wrap up Playground Week with this picture of girl's on the playground. It is from 1905, and I must say they have a most impressive set of equipment. I like how they are dressed so finely. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Monkey Bars

Today's picture shows children playing on Monkey Bars. The picture was taken in 1942, but it looks just like my memory of the playground at school in the 1960's. These monkey bars were great fun, and there was no limit to what you could do on them.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sand Box

Today's picture is from 1942, and it shows children playing in a Sand Box. The picture was taken in New Jersey. Now that I think about it, it has been a long time since I have seen a sand box, so don't know how common they are on the playground any more.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


Today's picture shows a playground in 1941 in Florida. We can see the much loved playground slide. This is a pretty cool one in that it has a little hump in the slide to make the ride down a little more exciting. Do school playgrounds still have slides, for the most part?

Monday, September 1, 2014


Today's picture is from 1938 and it shows children on the playground climbing and hanging upside down. I can not say for sure, but I bet this type of play has been pretty much regulated out of existence, and in its place we have a generation of diabetic prone obese children. Time for us to have kids be kids again.