Ever wonder what the daily life of a rancher, cowboy or ranch hand looked like back in the early 1900's?
Over on the Heroes, Heroines and History blog, I'm continuing my series of the Biggs Ranch near Beynon, Alberta with photos taken by Hugh B. Biggs, and preserved by the Glenbow Museum Archives in Calgary.
If you'd like to play a little game, tell me what you think this rancher is happy because he's doing laundry, or do you think he's yelling at someone not to take his picture.
Or... What do you think he's saying?
The glass negative above is held at the Ontario Archives and is said to be the oldest image of the Sharon Temple. The lines you see are the cracks in the glass and while I've seen other images that have been retouched to cover the cracks, I believe seeing it like this adds a unique dimension to this grand temple built by people who considered themselves as plain.
I'm blogging about a breakaway Quaker sect known as the Children of Peace over on the Heroes, Heroines and History blog today.
This first post goes into the history of the Children of Peace and their founder, David Willson. Most of the images are in historic except where needed to show detail.
Part 2 will be posted August 19th on the Inkwell Inspirations blog. This post will shown the photos taken while I toured the Sharon Temple Museum and grounds during my recent trip to York County, Ontario.
Part 3 will be posted on Sept 5th back on the HHH blog where I'll talk share the history of David Willson's music and the Sharon Temple Band. I have photos of the original barrel organs that are still in use, one being the oldest of its kind in Canada, and talk about the unique acoustic sounds of the Sharon Temple.
So head over to www.hhhistory.com/ and see what some fascinating Americans did when they arrived in Canada.
I've just returned from my month-long trip to Ontario and one of the treasures I discovered and want to share is the Jackson Point Courting House on Lake Simcoe's Lake Drive in Georgina.
And yes, the Courting House is still there! And on today on the Heroes, Heroines and History blog I'm giving the history of this remarkable structure as well as the efforts to preserve it.
So what do you think... was it worth saving?
If you like history, genealogy, cemeteries, old churches, Ontario, and Murdoch Mysteries, then I hope you'll join me over at Inkwell Inspirations where I'm posting about the making of Murdoch's episode, Shipwreck.
My post, Murdoch on Location in Georgina, talks about the historic locations of Sibbald Point and Sutton where the Shipwreck episode was filmed, and also explores the history of the beautiful stained glass window created by the daughters of Upper Canada's Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe and his wife, Elizabeth.
I also add in the genealogy aspect showing who in our family tree is buried in the famous cemetery where some of the scenes were shot.
Combining all these elements made the post a joy to write.
I'm sending out a shout-out to the Georgina Pioneer Village & Archives facebook page for the Feb 25th heads' up notice about the Shipwreck episode. Thank you!
And so begins my post today at CFHS where I'm showing how young ladies enjoyed stepping out with their fellas through early 1900 photographs. The 1890's image below is only one of the activities I've used in my Photographs: Early 1900's Romance post.
Announcement: I am excited to announce that the CFHS blog is changing its look!
Eff Sep 8th, you'll see the change as shown in this graphic:
I'm blogging at the Inkwell today about the third part of my Antique Cookbooks series. You can read my story on how I came upon this treasure by checking out my previous posts:
- Antique Cookbooks Part 1 1890 - 1906
- Antique Cookbooks Part 2 1900 - 1916
Today's cookbooks cover the period 1920 - 1928 and include information and recipes suited for students--those learning how to cook in school, as well as carrying lunch to school. Add an apple recipe book and you have the perfect trio for the back-to-school season.
The above photo shows the students of a Household Science aka Home Economics class in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
My question for today at the Inkwell concerns a mention I found on cottage cheese as a sandwich filling for school lunches. Do you have something to share?
I'm blogging about Antique Cookbooks Part 2 1900 - 1916 over at Inkwell Inspirations today.
I've included sample pages I think are interesting for the time and may surprise you. Whether it's new to you or not, I welcome you to join in (or start) a discussion about your thoughts in the comment section of my Inkwell post or over on our Facebook page.
Today's post follows Antique Cookbooks Part 1 where I covered cookbooks from 1890 - 1906.
If you're enjoying this series, keep an eye out for the 3rd part of my Antique Cookbooks post coming in August.
I'm blogging at the Inkwell again with another post on my Historic Winter Sports series, this time on the fun and adventure of ice sailing.
The images I've used were found in different library systems and archives fonds and I can't say enough about the people who work to bring these sources to the public. Today's images are courtesy of the:
As well, I've included a video over on my Inkwell Inspirations Ice Sailing post which gives the feel of skimming across the ice in a modern ice boat made for racing.
Here's one photo you won't find over there...it's a stereoview from 1900 and if you go to the page I found it, you can read a description put out by the Keystone View Company.
I'm blogging over at Inkwell Inspirations today about Historic Snow Cabooses. Well, it was just the historic ones, and then I remembered about a modern one, so it's a Then and Now post.
I'd like to thank the folks over at the Lanigan and District Heritage Assoc Virtual Museum for allowing me to use their images in my post.
Thanks also going out to the Glenbow Museum and Archives for their wonderful online resource site.
And finally, thank you to Balzer's for putting their SnoBear near Hwy 1E heading into Regina or I would never have known these fascinating modern people movers for winter use existed. I have been enlightened.
Here's a taste of what awaits you over at the Inkwell...
Many more images and a SnoBear video over at the Inkwell. Hope to see you there.
Have you ever been to a huge holiday parade? How about watching the Toronto Santa Claus Parade, or Macy's Thanksgiving Parade on TV?
Today, my Inkwell Inspirations post is about Historic Santa Claus and Thanksgiving Parades and I've included lots of old photos, footage, and facts.
To get you started, here's a photo of Edmonton's 1929 Santa Claus Parade...
Of course, this is merely another tool I'm using to promote my A Cup of Christmas Cheer story, Riding on A Christmas Wish since it's set in Keswick, York Ontario, within an hour's drive of where the historic Eaton's Santa Claus Parade began. But I've included some real interesting stuff. I hope you enjoy your nostalgic trip back in time.