Slices of Early History

Here are some old photos that are wonderful slices of history.  The descriptions are below each photo.


The rural kids in the 50’s rode bikes to school.  You took whatever path was best for you.  Bullet holes in the sign?thekumachan_old_photos-2

Camping out in 1918.


This was the 30’s, and this sharecropper’s son was working behind the plow, barefoot and all.  You can bet there was a mule on the front of that plow.


This couple pose in an early version of American Gothic, with a groundhog killed on their Manchester farm…….It’s dinner!  Note: Photo taken circa 1914, from a family photo album.
Standing over one of her many trophy mule deer, subsistence-and-sport huntress “Gusty” Wallihan appears every inch the frontier matron with her dressy bonnet, prairie-pattern cartridge belt, floral-embroidered gauntlets, hunting knife, and Remington-Hepburn rifle……1895
At least this one won’t be quite as dangerous as the old single wheeled models.  Look in the trailer over the back wheel.  “They have their baby in there!”

Ford Model T Street Light Maintenance Truck

Ford Model T Street Light Maintenance Truck.  This was the approved way to change the street lamps in 1910.


A single Paddy Wagon.


Here is an early motorhome, built in 1926.


Old school camper?


These are vintage treadmills in the 1920’s.


This is a 1920’s refrigerator.  Only the elite could afford such a thing, and most still had the old ice boxes.


A hair dryer in the 1920 Salon.  What a contraption!


Chester E. Macduffee next to his newly patented, 250 kilo diving suit, 1911.


A postcard from the 1800’s advertising a knife throwing act with the traveling circus.


A Strong-woman balances a piano and the pianist on her chest.  1920


London, in the 1920’s, this was a telephone engineer.


Two young girls in a West Germans street chat with their grandparents in the window of their home in the Eastern sector, separated only by a barbed wire barricade.It was a common occurrence for families, who had once only lived on the opposite side of the street from one another, to become separated by the ever growing Berlin Wall.


A Gibson Girl in her corset in the early 1900’s.  Those poor women.  This was one fad that really hurt a lot of women for life.


Lillian Russell. A plus size beauty in the late 1800s. She was around 200 lb at the peak of her career.  She was considered “The American Beauty.”