Thursday, April 17, 2014

Observation Car

Today's picture is from around 1920, and it shows some passengers in the observation car of a passenger train. From the looks of it, I would guess you needed some sort of first class ticket to access this car.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Train Depot

This is a picture of the Grand Trunk Depot in Durand Michigan, and what a Grand Depot it is! The picture was taken around 1900. This is a very busy place, and it looks like trains are arriving and departing from all different directions.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Train Depot

Today's picture shows the train station at Duluth, Minnesota. I love these old steam locomotives. There are still a few you can ride today. The best is probably the Durango to Silverton narrow gauge. If you have never had the chance to ride on it, put it on your list. Today's picture was taken in 1910.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Union Station

Today's picture shows the Union Station in Washington DC. My observation looking at this picture is that 1963 looks a lot more like 1943 than 1983. That is to say, things changed much more in the next twenty years than they had in the previous twenty years.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Train Deck

This is a curious picture from 1920 of passengers riding on the deck of a train car. The fabulous scenery, and lack of cover of the train car would possibly suggest that this was some sort of sightseeing ride. However, the passengers appear to be mostly men, and the men appear somewhat disinterested in the scenery. So I must say that I am not quiet sure what is going on here.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Train Travel

Welcome to Train Travel Week here at OPOD. I hope you join us as we look back on the days when you could ride the rails from one side of the country to the other. I have always loved trains, and think that there is something fascinating by traveling this way. Today's picture shows people loading on a train, but unfortunately it is not a happy ride. The picture was taken in 1942, and the people are being shipped out to relocation centers. They are Japanese citizens in California being required to report to internment camps.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Galveston Beach

We wrap up Aviator Week with this picture of the Galveston Beach in 1913. You can see an airplane flying overhead, and an old race car running along the shore. What exciting days those must have been.

Thursday, April 10, 2014


Today's picture shows a very early single wind aircraft. The airplane was known as a Bleriot after its designer. The picture was taken in 1915.