Storefronts

Fairbanks-Alaska  It was made in between ca. 1900 and 1916.

Fairbanks-Alaska It was made in between ca. 1900 and 1916.

For some reason I just think that these days would have been so much better.  I know there were other trials and tribulations, but think how slow and peaceful the average day would have been.  if you look at the simplicity of the advertising, it is wonderful.  Surely we do not need blasting rap music, dancing girls and nonsense humor in order to be intrigued, do we? When did it come about that we need advertising at the gas pump, it is idiocy.  Our parents and grandparents had the right of it!

Not all of the hustle and bustle of today, people actually knew their neighbors, actually knew their family.  You could probably go into any of these stores at anytime and know everyone in it!  To me, that would just be an awesome thing.  I wish there were a way for us to get back to these times!

Schneider Electric Store. Interior. It was created between 1905 and 1945

Schneider Electric Store. Interior. It was created between 1905 and 1945

Raleigh Haberdasher show window, Washington, D.C. It was made in 1925.

Raleigh Haberdasher show window, Washington, D.C. It was made in 1925.

Window display featuring Pond's Extract products in O'Donnell's drugstore, probably in Washington, D.C. It was taken in between 1909 and 1932.

Window display featuring Pond’s Extract products in O’Donnell’s drugstore, probably in Washington, D.C. It was taken in between 1909 and 1932.

Washington Auto Exchange. It was made between 1905 and 1945

Washington Auto Exchange. It was made between 1905 and 1945

People of Deadwood celebrating completion of a stretch of railroad. It was made in 1888

People of Deadwood celebrating completion of a stretch of railroad. It was made in 1888

James Store, 12th Street, Washington DC. It was taken between 1905 and 1945

James Store, 12th Street, Washington DC. It was taken between 1905 and 1945

Atlanta, Georgia. View on Marietta Street. It was made in 1864 by Barnard, George N., 1819-1902

Atlanta, Georgia. View on Marietta Street. It was made in 1864 by Barnard, George N., 1819-1902

Mullany's Saloon. It was created in 1913

Mullany’s Saloon. It was created in 1913

North side of Chestnut Street, between Second Street and Third Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was taken in 1842

North side of Chestnut Street, between Second Street and Third Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was taken in 1842

Old Doughnet Shop. It was created between 1905 and 1945

Old Doughnet Shop. It was created between 1905 and 1945

Ox teams on Main St.,Sturgis, Dakota Territory. It was taken in 1887

Ox teams on Main St.,Sturgis, Dakota Territory. It was taken in 1887

Auction & Negro Sales,  Whitehall Street. It was made in 1864

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 🙂