Friday, February 12, 2016

Southern Mansion

Today's picture shows the fireplace in a very nice southern home. One would expect the outside of the house had the classic Antebellum mansion look to it. The fireplace is a prominent feature of this living room.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Famous Fireplace

Wow, what a spectacular fireplace and living area. If I asked you to guess what president it belonged to, I am sure you would all know Teddy Roosevelt. The picture was taken in 1905, and reflects the persona of Roosevelt.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Rustic Fireplace

Today's picture shows a cabin with a rustic fireplace. It looks like the fireplace is set up for both heat and cooking. It looks like several dutch ovens and iron skillets are kept in the fireplace.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Fancy Fireplace

The last couple of days we features pictures of rustic fireplaces. Today we show the fireplace of an upper-crust home. The picture was taken in 1919 in Washington DC. No doubt it was the home of some important dignitary. Personally, I liked the rustic cabins better.

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.