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.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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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
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
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Friday, September 19, 2014
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
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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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.