Sunday, November 30, 2014

Woman Smoking

Beautiful Woman Week continues with this picture of Miss Sigrid Holmquist. She was a Swiss Actress of the Silent Film Era. Certainly she is a pretty lady, but it is hard to ignore the cigarette. 

Saturday, November 29, 2014


Welcome to Beauty Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at beauties from a hundred years ago. It will be interesting to speculate to what degree our concepts of beauty have changed, or remained the same. I would say by any standard this is a beautiful woman.

I have been studying some interesting research by Dr. Weston Price. Dr. price did his research in the 1920's and traveled the world studying indigenous cultures that had not been influenced by "modern" diet and culture. What he found was indigenous people enjoyed far superior health to westerners, even in the absence of any doctor or dental care. Of particular note, he showed that children in these people groups always had perfectly straight teeth. His thesis was that crooked teeth were from small, under-formed, and malformed jaws which resulted from nutritional deficiencies in the  diet of the mother during pregnancy. He noted that in these indigenous cultures, they went to great lengths to give the pregnant women the "sacred" food . . . raw butter from grass fed cows, fish livers and eggs, organ meat and so forth. All the things that are completely not a part of our modern diet. Interestingly, this woman in this picture from 100 years ago has a very wide and fully formed jaw. Dr, Price noted that people in the indigenous tribes did not have fat faces, but wide, full bone structure in their face. He also noted that when roads reached indigenous people, they immediately began to have babies with crooked teeth, tooth decay, babies with thin faces, and typical western illnesses. If you are interested this is a nice summary of the work of Dr. Price. I find it fascinating.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Buffalo Bill Cody

We wrap up Facial Hair Week with this picture of William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody. I would nominate this as the ultimate in men's facial hair style. The partial goatee combined with the mustache with slight upturned ends. I would suggest most men would secretly dream of wearing this type of facial hair, but fear people would say, "What, are you trying to look like Buffalo Bill?" Yes, perhaps Buffalo Bill was such a larger than life figure, that particular style of facial hair will be forever reserved for him.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope  you all have a blessed Thanksgiving with fine food and family. I also hope you will join me in not participating in the insane commercialization known as Black Friday. I mean, do you really want a chance at a cheap TV so badly you will participate in such nonsense. No, stay home and cherish the day with friends and family. Don't be manipulated by the corporations to use this day for indulgence in rampant consumerism.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Stylish Man

This a picture of a fairly sharply dressed man from a hundred years ago. He has a rather unique style of facial hair, in that his goatee is not joined with his mustache. He also has the style of eyeglasses that do not have the ear pieces.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Prince Nez Eyeglasses

This man has quiet the dapper style going here. Nice jacket and tie, and he is sporting not only a full blown mustache, he has those unique eyeglasses that do not have the earpieces. I believe this style of eyeglass is called the Prince Nez eyeglass. In any event he is certainly well groomed.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Parted Beard

This picture is from 1912, and it shows a rather unusual style of beard. It is as if the man is parting the beard into left and right sections. Overall, a fairly well dressed man.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Handlebar Mustache

This is a great example of the Handlebar Mustache. I don't see much of this type any more. Most men who wear a mustache these day keep it trimmed back a little more.

Saturday, November 22, 2014


Welcome to Facial Hair Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at different styles of beard's and mustaches that have occurred over the years. I think men are a little intimidated about sporting beards and mustaches, and many would dream of letting their beards grow wild, but are intimidated by social pressures. So, this week I hope the women will express their preferences on men's facial hair styles, and I hope men will describe their thoughts on beards and mustaches. This guy has a pretty interesting look going with the combination of hair and mustache.

Thursday, November 20, 2014


Today's picture shows a snowy day on Broadway. The picture was taken in 1905. It looks like the cleared the streets by just piling snow off to the side. I bet it was a big job before the days of snow plows.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Passenger Train

Winter Blast Week continues here at OPOD with this picture of a passenger train in the snow. Looks like the train has stopped for a moment. This is a really chilly looking scene, and I wonder if the passenger cars had any type of heating in them, or if everyone just had to bundle up.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Train Station in Snow

Today's picture shows a train station covered in snow. The picture was takeni n 1916. These look like the really old school steam locomotives. I am thinking this is probably in Alaska, as the dogs look like sled dogs.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Winter Crossing

Winter Blast Week continues with this picture from 1905. It shows a boat crossing the Detroit River in the middle of winter. That looks like it would be a cold ride.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Winter Blast

Welcome to Winter Blast Week here at OPOD. I don't know how many of you are getting hit by this cold blast coming down from Alaska, but I will tell you things are very cold here in West Texas. So, this week we will look at people working in the cold. This picture shows a cowboy working in a snowstorm. The picture was taken in Wyoming in 1923.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Child Cooking

Today's picture shows a child starting out early in the kitchen. It looks like she might be mixing up some biscuits or maybe a cake batter. The picture was taken in 1943 in New Mexico.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Cooking Class

Today's picture shows children being taught to cook in Elementary School. The picture is from around 1910, back when cooking was really taught in school. These days it seems like genuine domestic skills are no longer taught in school. I have seen that some schools still have pretty strong Ag and Shop classes, but domestic skills like wise shopping, sewing and cooking from scratch seem to have fallen from the agenda.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Outdoor Cooking

With the cooler weather coming on, many of us enjoy the wonderful past time of cooking. So, this week will be Cooking Week here at OPOD. We start with this wonderful picture from the Middle East of a woman cooking outdoor over a fire made from thorns. I have a feeling that whatever is in the pot is delicious. I love ethnic food . . . I love the spices and subtle flavors of various cultures. I hope you all will share some of your favorite cooking specialites.