Monday, February 8, 2016

Old Timer by Fireplace

Today's picture shows an Old Timer warming himself by the fireplace. I find it interesting to look at all the little details of his room. The picture was taken in 1899.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Staying Warm

Welcome to Fireplace Week here at OPOD. It looks like we still have some winter left, so thought it would be appropriate to look at how people stayed warm back in the day. Today's picture is from 1901, and it shows a cozy cabin warmed by a traditional rock fireplace. Pictured by the fire is John Burroughs, who was an early leader of the conservation movement.

I have mentioned before that we heat our house with a fireplace. It is not one of those decorative type fireplaces, but one designed to heat a house. We have never turned the furnace on in our house. I can keep the house a toasty 75-80 degrees all winter long on a cord and a half of firewood, which costs $300 delivered to my house. Running the furnace and keeping the house that warm would cost $350 in gas and electricity. So, the fireplace was one of the best investments I have ever made. It paid for itself in two years.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Broadway Fire

Today's picture is from 1893. It shows a building on fire on Broadway. The horse drawn fire engines have arrived and the firemen are fighting the fire.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Fire Hydrant

Today's picture shows a fireman operating a Fire Hydrant. The picture was taken in 1908 in New York City. I am surprised that they had fire hydrants at this early date. Not sure when fire hydrants actually began to be installed and used.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


Today's picture shows three firemen with safety equipment and a firehose. It looks like part of the firehose carries a separate line to give the men fresh air. The picture was taken in 1911 in New York.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Today's picture shows a Para-fireman as he lands in a forest to fight a fire. This has to be one of the most dangerous jobs on earth.  I would imagine it would be a challenge to just get to the ground, as it would be easy to land and get hung up in a tree (with a nearby forest fire raging).

Monday, February 1, 2016

Fire Fighters

Welcome to Fire Fighter Week here at OPOD. We will look at men who keep the fires at bay this week, and start with this picture of a US Forrest Service Fire Fighter. He is parachuting into the location of the fire. This is very dangerous work, as winds can shift at any moment and put you in the way of the fire.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Snowed In

We wrap up Blizzard Week today with this picture from 1922 showing some snowed in cars. I think the owners should probably just wait for the sun to come out and not even try to dig these cars out of this mess. Hope those of you who have been getting bad weather are starting to thaw.