A More Spartan Life…..

Unidentified Farmhouse. It was taken between 1909 and 1923

Unidentified Farmhouse. It was taken between 1909 and 1923

The world we live in is so busy, sometimes I feel like there is no time to do any actual living.  My mind always takes me to an image of what i think life should be like.  These people all worked hard and they worked from sun up to sun down and then some.  They worked with their hands and their backs and their legs, using their minds at every turn.    Life was no breeze but it was not so busy and so utterly distracting!  Families worked together, day in and day out.  Life was probably more about survival and “getting by” than about wealth accumulation.

Woman Milking Cow. Another woman is feeding chickens. It was made in 1919

Woman Milking Cow. Another woman is feeding chickens. It was made in 1919

Walter Johnson. It was made 1938 March 13

Walter Johnson. It was made 1938 March 13

Sam Rice. It was taken in 1938 by Harris & Ewing.

Sam Rice. It was taken in 1938 by Harris & Ewing.

Boy Scouts Husking Corn. It was taken in 1917

Boy Scouts Husking Corn. It was taken in 1917

Chopping Wood. It was taken 1938 March 13

Chopping Wood. It was taken 1938 March 13

Mr. Johnson holding stalks of timothy. It was taken in 1916

Mr. Johnson holding stalks of timothy. It was taken in 1916

National Emergency War Gardens Com. Farmerettes. Women were encouraged to produce food for World War I. 1919

National Emergency War Gardens Com. Farmerettes. Women were encouraged to produce  for World War I. 1919

Girls Eating. It was created in 1919

Girls Eating. It was created in 1919

I just could not imagine how wonderful it would be to work with my children and my wife, all of us doing different tasks but with one common goal.  The way of life I envision is all but gone, there are still a few of us out there but not many!  I see a small family farm, self sustaining without the mind numbing hustle bustle of “the world” to drive wedges and cause discension in families!

Apache Woman Reaping and Gathering Wheat. It was made in 1906

Apache Woman Reaping and Gathering Wheat. It was made in 1906

Weighing Turkey at Dept. of Agric. Exp. Farm, Beltsville. It was taken 1937 or 1938

Weighing Turkey at Dept. of Agric. Exp. Farm, Beltsville. It was taken 1937 or 1938

Two men and a boy with a large pile of corn. It was made in between 1909 and 1932.

Two men and a boy with a large pile of corn. It was made in between 1909 and 1932.

Pomo Indian Woman Gathering Seeds. It was created in 1924

Pomo Indian Woman Gathering Seeds. It was created in 1924

Navajo Cornfields Cantildeon Del Muerto. It was made in 1906

Navajo Cornfields Cantildeon Del Muerto. It was made in 1906

Man Raising Chickens. It was created in 1938

Man Raising Chickens. It was created in 1938

Man Milking a Cow. It was made 1938

Man Milking a Cow. It was made 1938

Farmer Playing with Children. It was created 1938

Farmer Playing with Children. It was created 1938

1919  Eckles, Virginia. in Dutch Dairy-maid Costume

1919 Eckles, Virginia. in Dutch Dairy-maid Costume

At any rate, I wanted to share some awesome old photos of some of the hardest working people in history, please enjoy and leave a comment if you have the time 🙂

8 thoughts on “A More Spartan Life…..

  1. So much has changed in society, it seems almost impossible to compare. I guess we’ve gained some and lost some along the way – if we could only pick the “best of” all times. I always find it interesting to see old photos. Also photos have got a different role and meaning, we live a very image based life today. I wonder how people will approach our photos 100 years from now…

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