We wrap up Colorado Week with this fine photograph of Cowboys and Horses. The picture is titled "Roundup on the Cimarron". The picture was taken in 1898. I love these old pictures of cowboys and the authentic West.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Monday, May 27, 2013
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Today's picture shows the ruins of a Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde, Colorado. The photograph was taken in 1898. The people who built and lived in these very sophisticated structures remain somewhat of a mystery. This society lived in the area between around 600 AD and 1300 AD. It is unclear what brought the end of this society. If you ever get the chance, visit the Mesa Verde park, and tour these magnificent cliff dwellings.
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Welcome to Colorado Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at old pictures from the Rocky Mountain State all week long. We start with this photochrom print from 1900. It shows an old Steam Locomotive. We are not told what part of Colorado the picture is from, but it looks a lot like some of the areas in the southern part.
Friday, May 24, 2013
We wrap up Indian Portrait Week with this photochrom print from 1904. It shows an Indian girl beside a lake and canoe. Her Tipi can be seen in the background. We are not given any information on the location of the photograph, but are told the girl's name is Minnehaha.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
This is another really nice photochrome print of an Indian Couple. The picture was taken in 1899. We do not know where they are from, but the man's name was Jose Jesus, and the woman is his wife. I love how sophistication of their clothing, and the cane is a nice touch. It really makes you wish you knew more of their story.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Today's picture is from 1902, and it shows a Hopi Indian Man with a hoe. The man is a farmer, and it looks like he is growing corn. The picture was taken in New Mexico. If you have ever tried to garden, you know how hard it is to grow things. I sometimes wonder how mankind survived before mechanized farm implements and pesticides. When I grow things it is an enormous battle with bugs, the weather, and the soil. Even in the picture above, the man has the incredible resource of a steel hoe. Imagine trying to farm before steel implements.
A Comment on Comments:
I think that over the years one of the things that has made this blog successful is the wonderful participation by readers. The insightful comments always add interest to the post. I also understand how unpopular the Word Verification requirement is to post a comment. I have tried hard to make it as easy as possible to for people to comment.
The issue now is that I am getting overwhelmed by spam comments. It is not unusual to get hundreds of spam comments a day. My email becomes almost unusable because my inbox if filled with notifications of these spam comments. Also, as I sort through all this I inadvertently delete real comments.
So, regrettably I am going to have to go back and turn word verification back on, where you will be asked to type some letters in a box when you comment to show you are a real person. The choice was to do this, or only allow registered users to comment.
I know this is a hassle, but hope you will understand there is really no way for me to manage things otherwise.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
First, we need to follow up on yesterday's picture. On the question of what the string and tab was coming from the cowboy's pocket . . . many of you recognized right off that it was a pouch of Bull Durham tobacco. This was the old roll your own smoke brand. When I was growing up, it was a common sight, and it was quite amazing watching the guys that used it make a cigarette. Truly it was an art form.
Now, on to this week. This will be Indian Portrait week. I have found some really amazing photochrom prints from 1900 that I would like to share with you. The picture above is the first in the series. The man was Arrowmaker, and he was an Ojibwa brave. I love the buckskin and beadwork. He really looks like something you would expect to see in a movie.
Friday, May 17, 2013
We wrap up Ranch Work week with this picture of a cowboy relaxing at the end of the day, having dinner on the ground. The picture was taken in 1939 at the Three Circle Roundup in Powder River, Montana. I really like this picture, and have this little trivia question for you . . . what is the little tab hanging out of his pocket? It is something you never see any more, but was common when I was growing up.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Today's picture shows a group of cowboys on the XIT Ranch in Texas branding cattle. The XIT was a very famous ranch. XIT stood for Ten in Texas, and it was a group of investors who agreed to build the Texas Capitol Building in exchange for 3,000,000 acres of land in the northern part of Texas. The land became the XIT ranch. The XIT had very strict rules and cowboys were not allowed to drink or gamble. If you look at today's value of the 3,000,000 acres, it would likely make the Texas State Capitol Building the most expensive building ever built.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Today's picture is from 1905, and it shows cowboys dehorning a calf. Some ranchers dehorn their cattle to keep them from goring each other. Others leave the horns on as they can offer some protection from predators. This is a great pictures of cowboys from over 100 years ago.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Ranch Work Week continues with this picture from Colorado. It shows cowboys branding cattle. The picture was taken in about 1900. Branding is a very hard job, and not much fun for anyone involved. It is my impression that not a lot of branding goes on any more with most people using ear tags or other easier ways of marking cattle.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Friday, May 10, 2013
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Today's picture was taken in 1906, after the earthquake and fire in San Francisco. These people are cooking in the streets presumably because of the damage. It is interesting that even in the midst of the disaster they all appear to be well dressed and groomed.
Monday, May 6, 2013
This is a depression era picture which shows a woman cooking her meal on the side of the road over a small fire. This was not an uncommon scene during the great depression. The photographer asked her how things were going and she replied, "Do you suppose I'd be out on the highway cooking my steak if I had it good at home?" The picture was taken on the outskirts of El Paso, Texas. The woman was a hotel maid who had fallen on hard times.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Today's picture shows the short order cook in the Bandit Camp of Pascual Orozco. I would imagine this would be a rather challenging job for a cook, as I bet the clientele would have a rather low tolerance for food not up to their expectations. The picture was taken in 1911 during one of the Mexican Revolutions.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Welcome to Short Order Cook Week here at OPOD. We start with this fine example from around 1900. The picture was taken in Constantinople and shows a street cafe where food is prepared over a small wood-fueled grill. I note with interest that you still see street vendors like this in many places in the world. In Africa, scenes like this are still the norm. The bread in the foreground of the picture is called "Chapati". It is grilled in an oily skilled and served hot. WOW is it good. One piece of Chapati is a meal.
Friday, May 3, 2013
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Today's picture shows a woman operating a telegram machine. I am curious at what point Telegrams stopped being sent by morse code with telegraph keys, and started being sent by teletype stations with typewriter keyboards. This picture was taken in 1923, so we can see that at this point keyboards were in use.