Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Wood Cabin

Today's picture shows a wooden house that would be fairly typical of 100 years ago. The picture was taken in 1935, but the house was old at the time the photo was taken. It looks like probably the downstairs had living and kitchen areas, and upstairs had simple sleeping quarters. Note that the fireplace was in the center of the house, and would have been able to keep the entire house warm. A very modest, but completely adequat home.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Old Cabin

This picture features an old log cabin. The picture was taken in Alabama, and the house probably belonged to a sharecropper. The picture was taken in 1937. Notice that there are almost no windows.

Sunday, January 25, 2015


The centerpiece of homes a hundred years ago was a functional fireplace. You can see this photo of a home from 1935 has a prominent and functional fireplace. The fireplaces were designed to actually heat the home. Today, most fireplace inserts to not provide any meaningful heat, and in fact, since most pull air for the fire from the home interior, they actually create a draft that draws more cold air into the house than the heat they produce. In other words, most modern fireplaces have a net negative heating effect on the house. The fireplace above is large, built with real fire bricks, and could be used for heating or cooking.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Log Cabin

Welcome to Simple Homes Week here at OPOD. We will be going back to a day when people had modest simple style homes. Today's picture was taken in 1895, and shows a rustic log cabin.

Sometimes I wonder if we have gone to far in the grandeur of our homes today. I wonder if the complexity of our homes does not generate more stress than what is really needed . . . stress from making the payments, to keeping them clean, and keeping them repaired. 

While certain modern conveniences make life easier, at what point is enough enough? I think perhaps we hit the optimum house styles in the 1950's and 1950's. I grew up in a small modest house in the 1960's. The house was warm in winter, cool in summer, and had indoor plumbing. I think that is about all you really need.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Molly Brown

We finish up Women Week with this picture of the "Unsinkable" Molly Brown. She was somewhat of a celebrity of the early 1900's as is remembered as one of the survivors of the Titanic disaster.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Blanche Scott

Today we feature a picture of Blanche Scott. Blanche was the first woman to fly an airplane solo. the picture was taken around 1910. Blanche lived up until the 1970 but I never heard of her before seeing this picture.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Woman Racer

Today we have a picture of a woman race car driver. While we do not know her name, we do know it was very unusual to have women race car drivers at this time. The picture was taken in 1916.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Florence Nightingale

Today we feature a photograph of Florence Nightingale. She is remembered as the founder of modern nursing. She rose to prominence in the Crimean War, where a group of women she trained provided care for wounded soldiers.