Friday, April 29, 2016


Today's picture shows a ranch homestead in 1900. It looks like on this particular day they were more about harvesting deer than anything else. I believe I see 5 deer in the picture ready for butchering. Five deer and no refrigerator, I hope they have a lot of salt and nitrates.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Rancher's Son

This is a scene from Montana in 1936. The picture was taken on a ranch near Glendive. The picture shows a rancher's son on horseback. What a great scene from America's past.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Ranch Couple

Today's picture is an iconic picture of a classic ranch couple. The picture was taken in 1939 in Idaho. Truly an image of one of the things that made America great.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Sheep Ranchers

Today's picture shows a Montana Sheep Ranch in summer time. The picture was taken in 1939. I really love the big river in the background.

In the comments yesterday, Mr. MB questioned my ability to grow enough grass for a calf in a greenhouse. Actually small hydroponic systems can produce over 100 pounds of grass a day. This would be enough for at least three cows. Also, given I will have some grazing grass on the property, this amount might be enough for up to 4 cows. I was browsing online yesterday, and saw that grass fed filet mignon's go for $100 a pound.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Montana Ranchers

Welcome to Ranching Week here at OPOD. Today's picture is from 1942, and it shows some ranchers gathered around the dinner table in Montana, discussing cattle prices. I will have to admit I am toying with the idea of buying some cattle for out little 10 acre place here. I will probably start with two weaned calves, raise them up, and then sell one at market, and butcher the other. Recently, I have really gotten into the whole grass fed and organic craze. I believe our confined space factory raising of food leads to poor health. So, my plan is to raise my own beef. Already, we grow our own vegetables in the greenhouse, and have chickens for free range eggs. The next move will be to grow our own meat. The plan is to grow forage in the greenhouse, so the cows will eat fresh green grass year round. So, do you think I have what it takes to be a gentleman rancher?

Friday, April 22, 2016

Military Facial Hair

Today's picture features Admiral Reynolds, who is sporting a fine example of facial hair. I feel his facial hair compliments his uniform and stance nicely.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Upturned Mustache

This is a facial hair style that certainly can fallen in popularity and is very unusual to see these days. This is the upturned mustache, where the ends are combed/trained to point upwards. I would imagine this would require quiet a bit of grooming work to keep it styled like this, and hence possibly the reason the the fall in popularity over the last 100 years.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Big Mustache

Today's picture shows a man with a very significant mustache. One must conclude that this man had to give careful attention to eating or sipping a beverage.The picture is from the early 1900's.