Thursday, August 30, 2012


Today's picture shows men playing chess. I will have to admit of the games we have looked at this week, I would be most likely to play dominoes or checkers. I do not care for chess that much. I really don't want to think that hard about something that does not matter that much. I would like to play a game to relax, so checkers is more my speed.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Today's picture shows some old gentleman playing a game of Cribbage. The picture was taken in about 1910 at Sailors' Snug Harbor. Normally, cribbage is played with cards, but there is a version which uses dominoes, and that appears to be what these guys are playing. I have never played cribbage, so am not sure what is involved.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Today we have a picture of a group of men playing checkers at a service station. The picture was taken in Greensboro, Georgia in 1939. Wow, this picture really takes up back to a day when life was lived at a slower pace. You could go to a station like this and they would fill the car up for you, visit with you, clean your windshield, check your oil, and your tire pressure. You actually enjoyed getting gas. Ah, I do miss those  days!

Monday, August 27, 2012


Today's picture shows a group of soldiers playing poker in camp. The picture was taken at Camp McKibbin in 1893.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Playing Dice

Game Week continues today with this picture of men playing dice. The picture shows miners outside the company store in Osage, West Virginia. It never ceases to amaze me how it is often those who work the hardest for their money that lose it the fastest. I notice that nowadays in convenience stores. Sometimes when paying for gas I will see a person in line in the convenience store buying lottery tickets, a few packs of cigarettes, and some snacks, and shell out $50.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Beer Joint

This picture shows a "Juke Joint" in Belle Glade, Florida. The picture was taken in 1941. I might be mistaken, but is the man with his back to us holding a rifle?

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Cowboy Bar

This picture lets us peer into the bar featured in Sunday's photograph. The picture was taken in Birney, Montana in 1939. No shortage of Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer. I wonder if they still make that? I was never a beer drinker but I can remember growing up that was one of the big brands. I think there has been a lot of consolidation in the beer industry since then.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Iowa Tavern

Today's picture shows a quaint main street scene from 1940. Pictured is a tavern in Scranton, Iowa. The building is a two story, so I wonder if the proprietors lived upstairs.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Barber Shop

Today's picture shows a barber shop with a pool hall upstairs. The picture was taken in Berwyn, Maryland in 1937. I love the distinct look of these old businesses.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Pool Hall

This is Beer Joint and Pool Hall week, so we better work in some pictures of Pool Halls. This is a great one from Shasta County, California. The picture is from 1940. There was a pool hall in the small town I grew up in in the 1960's. Social norms were, polite society did not frequent such a place. The county I lived in was "dry" so there was no alcohol served there, but none the less, you would never consider walking in such an establishment. I can remember looking in the window once, and there were not even any pool tables in there. It was a bunch of men sitting around playing dominoes. So, I am not sure what the stigma was associated with that place. 

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Cowboy Bar

Today's picture shows some cowboys with horses at a bar in Birney, Montana. This is really a classic picture and looks as if it could have been in the 1800's, even though it was taken in 1939. I would love to know what the inside of the building looked like.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Beer Joint

Welcome to Beer Joint and Pool Hall week here at OPOD. We kick things off with this picture of a cowboy in a beer joint in Alpine, Texas. The picture was taken in 1939. While I love the little town of Alpine in far West Texas, I don't think I like this guy very much. He just looks like a guy that maybe does not respect women. Don't know why I say that, but he just looks like a wife beater and a cheater to me.

Friday, August 17, 2012

American Bomber

Today's picture shows American Servicemen servicing an A-20 Bomber. The picture was taken in 1942 at Langley Field in Virginia.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Navy Pilot

This is a picture of a Navy Pilot. He is being trained at the Corpus Christi Naval Air Base in Texas. The picture was taken in 1942. I bet someone out there can tell us more about what this airplane is.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


Today's picture was taken in 1942, and it shows a great shot of a WWII P-51 Mustang. This was one of the main allied fighter planes. The plane was made by the North American Aviation Corporation.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

B-17 Bomber

Today's picture is a silhouette of the B-17 bomber, known affectionately as the Flying Fortress. The picture was taken in 1942 at the Langley Field in Virginia.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Test Pilot

Today's picture shows a test pilot for the Douglas Aircraft Company. The picture was taken in Long Beach, California. The photo was made in 1942.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Marine Pilot

This picture shows a United States Marine in pilot training. The picture was taken at Page Air Fiels on Parris Island, South Carolina. The picture was taken in 1942.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Berry Pickers

Today's picture features Eskimo Berry Pickers. The picture was taken near Nome, Alaska in the early 1900's. I would imagine berries would be a welcome addition to a diet of mostly protein and meat.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Eskimo Whalers

Today's picture shows a group of Eskimo Whalers. They are launching their boat for the hunt. The picture was taken in 1929. The boat seems fairly small to me for the task at hand.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Home Sweet Home

Today's picture shows an Eskimo Family building an igloo. The picture was taken in 1924. I wonder if there are any Eskimo families who still live in igloos today, or if they have all moved to town? I can remember watching a documentary in the 1960's were there were still some groups maintaining their traditional lifestyles.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Reading the Paper

Welcome to Eskimo Week here at OPOD. We will be exploring various photographs of these Native Alaskans. We kick things off with this picture from 1913. The picture shows an Eskimo Man reading a copy of the Saturday Evening Post. This is really an unusual picture.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Shop Window

Today's picture shows a little girl looking at items in a store window. The picture was taken in 1942 in New York. The shop sells Jewish religious items.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Drug Store Window

Today's picture shows a Drug Store window display. There is something of a publicity stunt going on. They are trying to sell a patent medicine called "Digestit", which promises all type of curative powers. To promote it, they have a piano player who has been playing non-stop in the window for over 60 hours. I really wonder if a person can play a piano for 60 hours without rest. I suspect that he has a twin brother, and when the man goes for a 2 minute potty break, his brother comes back. I just don't think someone could stay awake that long playing a piano.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Clothes Shopping

Today's picture shows a man window shopping for a suit. The picture was taken in Chicago in 1940. I guess by this time the Great Depression was slowly coming to an end.