For months I was missing seeing your wonderful photographs Jay. And now you’re back. So, what happened? Were you on a round the world trip? Do you also collect photographic negatives?
Jay, I was wondering the same thing as I enjoy seeing a glimpse into the past. I fessed up that my cartoons came from old silent movies but your photos are much higher quality. Source?
And a thanks to everyone who posts!
If I told you where the old photos came from I'd have to kill you!
I decided to take some time off the computer this summer and devoted our time to gardening and canning. Matter of fact in the last month we gleaned
about 150 pounds of English Walnuts. We also just now put up 14 gallons of green and black Olives we gleaned from around the local area and we will probably stop at 30 or so gallons.These are water cured olives and won't be ready to eat until next April or May.
BTW: It's nice to hear that the time I put into posting Old Photos is appreciated!
Much appreciated, Jay, rest assured.
Jay: I thoroughly enjoy the old photos you and others post here. Occasionally I see a reference to a place I've visited or resided. I always learn something positive and interesting from these posts and I hope you continue to share these old pics with us. Thanks, jb
None of my business, but just how many olives do you need to eat each day to consume the 30 gallons before the next crop comes in?
Jay your postings are one of the best parts of the forum. They most assuredly are appreciated.
Last year our english walnut crop off two trees was huge but this year the squirels will starve. I really enjoy the pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bud.
Thanks All! They say a photo is worth a thousand words and I personally love seeing these freeze frames of life and times gone by. It makes these people and places come alive again each time the photo is viewed.
James, We gift the majority of the Olives out to family, friends, and neighbors. It's a labor of love since you need to change the water in the olives every day until their no longer bitter then you brine them in a brine of salt water and wine vinegar with a Bayleaf and a clove of garlic in each 2 quart jar. I store them on the cool winter garage floor until they are ready. After that they are stored in the refrigerator. Water cured olives can't be purchased in the store. You have to make them yourself or know some old fart who will share some with you.
I want to thank you also for all the photos you take the time to post...Carl...
Jay, I also want to thank you for posting all those really nice historical pictures. It's an accurate glimpse into the past that we all can really enjoy!
Add my thanks to the list. At 82, I could be in some of them, so I look them over pretty close!! A window to the past indeed!!
Jay, looking for and at yours and others pictures are a part of my day. Thanks. Allen Brintnall SWMo.
The old photos do take many of us to a special time and place. A peek into the past can be pretty magical. Jay does have an extraordinary knack for finding these.
We are lucky for these things here on the Forum.
Jay, I'm glad you enjoyed a "summer vacation" and had a bounteous harvest. I love olives, I can imagine how fine the ones you put up are !! You can't beat home preserves. Like the others, I greatly enjoy the pictures you post, thank you !!! I missed them.
I too enjoy your postings of all the photos so THANK YOU for taking the time to do it. Of course with all these compliments you're going to need a hat stretcher!
Your efforts are much appreciated! Rather than for someone to lose their life, you might consider sharing your 'secret source' (like McDonald's or Coca-Cola's recipe secrets.) A sealed envelope could be your answer?
Take Care; Behave; "Don't Shoot!" (and)
Jay, your picture posts are really enjoyable and I agree that they bring the people and places back to life when we see them once again. My dad's genealogy work has taught me to thoroughly mark all pictures with name, place and date for the generations to come. We always find so many pictures which have no identification whatsoever which gives us all the chance to play Sherlock Holmes, but that's also part of the fun, isn't it?
The following link shows a motion picture of everyday life in Barcelona, Spain in 1908. They were captured by a camera mounted to the front of a streetcar. None of the people who appear in this film are alive today but their spirit lives on as we watch them waving at the camera, driving a cart pulled by horse, zigzagging across the tracks or crossing just in time to dodge the streetcar. You will notice the lack of motor cars but an abundance of bicycles. The generally fair weather in Barcelona makes them a viable means of transportation but the uphill ride made by the streetcar would require some extra effort on the part of the person riding a bike. Enjoy these 7 minutes captured the same year the Model T was introduced to the world.
By the way, we just collected the olives for the first time from the five trees at our "new" place. My wife found some recipes and put them up today. We'll see how they come out in a few weeks.
Add me to the list of big thank you's!
Fascinating looks into life.
Eric, I use this guide on the many different ways to cure olives. It's put out by the University of California in PDF format. I use the water cure method then brine them.
Here's the link:
Jay, Not just the photos, you writing about putting up the olives takes me back to happier days. When I was little, my grandmother used to put up olives from the two (one small, the other huge and spreading wide) olive trees behind the garage. They sold that ranch when I was twelve, as my grandfather cut back towards retirement (he was almost 70 then). Putting up the olives was my grandmother's thing. Something she did because she enjoyed doing it, and she liked the olives (so did we!). We, as kids, were never really involved in the olives, and I don't know what her recipe was, although it sounds a lot like yours. When I was little, there were always the line of crocks (pots) against the back wall of the garage that sat next to the house. There, they could sit in the shade for the weeks it took before they were ready for canning.
My grandfather was a wonderful man, very forward thinking, and very hard working. Most of his life, he subscribed to and read the "Scientific American" magazine. He had many issues he had kept because of articles that especially interested him. I was reading them when I was young. The advertising in them was one of the things that got me interested in history at such an early age. Sadly, someone in the family threw them all out, probably shortly after he passed. He was always up to date on the newest farming techniques (except for tractors? Until he was nearly killed by a horse kicking him in the face in 1935). He liked working with horses.
One of the family legends, is that he and my grandmother bought one of the first ranches they owned with the money he made moving about a hundred grown established olive trees from one farm to another a few miles away. Because he had read so much about developments in farming techniques, he knew how to do it, and nobody else for many miles around had any idea how. This was about 1922.
Thank you Jay! For the photos, and the memory triggers.
Keep it up Jay. Thank you.
Jay your pictures are defiantly something I look forward to every time I go to the forum! Welcome back, and thank you
As always I'm a day late and a dollar short, but yes Jay, I too am glad you're back posting pics and any other valuable information you have to offer!
Yes Jay ... I love looking at your photographs and it takes a lot to keep me interested photographically ... I see a lot every day. Remember that I work in the most comprehensive photography museum in the world. George Eastman Museum has more than 4 million photographs, about eight thousand cameras (and thousands of other objects) the largest collection of silent era nitrate based movies and a massive photo literature collection.
Of the many processes I teach are the glass and film negatives ... and the printing processes used during the model T era. Do you have negatives of model T subjects?
Thanks for the olive pickling tips Jay. Very interesting information. I'll put it to use!
Jay, I do look forward to your old photo posts. You can read a thousand words, or more sometimes with comments from the gallery.
Jay Your pictures alone would pay for me being a part this group, not to mention all of the other amenities.
Thank you so much for your support to our hobby and the forum. The photos are awesome!
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All of us Aussies appreciate your efforts to find and post
the great photos (my computer is chock a block full of them!)
Alan in Western Australia
Jay, I love the old photos too. They are reminiscent of times past. To this Aussie, they are so different in their settings to those we find here.
Your reference to canning did amuse me though. We stayed with friends in Spokane one summer and the lady of the house was into canning. But there wasn't a can in sight! She was using glass jars, as you do with your olives.
We in Australia PICKLE olives and onions etc, always in jars. Stone fruits like peaches and apricots are BOTTLED, in jars like your Mason jars. Usually this is called preserving rather than canning. I presume canning is a carryover when canning was first used commercially to preserve fruits, conserves etc.
Allan from down under.
Allan B, I love the study of language! Yeah, calling it "canning" when it is all in jars always bothered me, even when I was about five. But that is what our family seemed to always call it. My grandparents "raised" peaches on a couple small ranches that totaled a little over a hundred acres. They usually sold to the local canning industry (real cans!). But every year, my mother, grandmother, and a few aunts, would "can" peaches for all our uses. Hundreds of mason jars full of peaches. They would work on it for days. I still love good peaches. But I am really tough to please on their quality.
You know what they say..... a picture is worth a 1,000 words. Although, I think a Model T picture is worth at least 2,000 words.
I always look forward to seeing them.Please keep them coming!