Historic places and things

Stock Photography By David McCreary

Join me for a brief step back in tine, back when things were more simple and slow paced. Convenience was not a byword. We will wander through a pioneer village and peek inside some of the buildings there. We will visit some fabric making and sewing rooms, stop by some equine related facilities, and look at some old railroad memorabilia. An Arkansas museum is on the agenda where there is an old school room, an antique camera and a moonshine still, hick. There is even a racy side to our tour.

Roadside Billboard
Roadside Billboard
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Old Loom
Old Loom
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Hay Barn
Hay Barn
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Merlins House
Merlins House
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Active Water Wheel
Active Water Wheel
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Old General Store
Old General Store
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Stucco Wall
Stucco Wall
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Railroad track crossing signal.
Railroad track crossing signal.
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Railroad Car
Railroad Car
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Railroad Coupler
Railroad Coupler
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Railroad Tracks
Railroad Tracks
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Railroad Cars
Railroad Cars
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Railroad Track
Railroad Track
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Livery Stable
Livery Stable
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Railroad Track Detail
Railroad Track Detail
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Old loom and sewing machine
Old loom and sewing machine
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Steel Wash Tubs
Steel Wash Tubs
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Mating Turtles
Mating Turtles
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Electricity, old meets new
Electricity, old meets new
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Stonework Architecture
Stonework Architecture
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Oversized Chair
Oversized Chair
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Stringed Instruments
Stringed Instruments
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Old Sewing Room
Old Sewing Room
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Old Wagons in a Hay Barn
Old Wagons in a Hay Barn
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Old Schoolroom
Old Schoolroom
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Antique Camera
Antique Camera
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Moonshine Still
Moonshine Still
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1940
1940's style ice cream parlor
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Calico Rock Historic Architecture
Calico Rock Historic
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Calico Rock, AR Museum Entryway
Calico Rock, AR Museum Entryway
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© David B McCreary

 

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1. Roadside Billboard. Roadside billboards have been a marketing tool since the advent of the automobile. Flashy colors and snappy slogans greet you all along the way. I particularly like this bright, puncy collection, especially the slogan from the one on the left - We make dirt look good.

2. Old Loom. Can you imagine spending days creating cloth for garments to clothe your family. Makes shopping for clothing nowadays seem a lot less burdensome.

3. Hay Barn. Back in the day when transportation was fueled by hay, there were hay stations where the fuel was stored and then doled out to the motive forces. I am personally more fond of 12 cylinder motor cars, but that is just me.

4. Merlins House. When I saw this little dwelling I imagined Merlin lurking about inside with a few dragons milling about.

5. Active Water Wheel. I have run across functional water wheels in grain processing mills but never as a part of a bakery. This one was used to power mixers in a very old bakery. Whoda thunk?

6. Old General Store. Scales and shelves and legumes oh my! The old general store during the turn of the 18th century didn't include the vast spaces of our big box stores today, but they did shine in the areas of personalized service and warm inviting atmospheres.

7. Stucco Wall. An old stucco wall with blistering paint leads to a dark recess, hiding a mystery that will never be told.

8. Railroad track crossing signal.. This crossing signal recalls days past before the 100 car limit was placed on freight trains. I can remember what seemed like hours at the time, waiting for that steel snake to slither by ever so slowly.

9. Railroad Car. This old passenger car sits in what remains of a train depot/switch yard in Flippen, Arkansas.

10. Railroad Coupler. A train would never be a train without coolers. An engine would have nothing to pull but for the ingenious coupling device. Something powerful enough to withstand the hundreds if not thousands of tons of force yet quickly disconnect, waiting another run down the track.

11. Railroad Tracks. An abandon rail yard is reclaimed by vegetation as will occur to anything relinquished to natures care.

12. Railroad Cars. The railroad has always had a mystical attraction to me with memories placing pennies on the track and checking back the next day for flattened copper, hopping on a freight train car as it slows through town only to jump off before it picks up speed. The list goes on to include the sound of a lonesome whistle blowing. Ah what childhood memories can do for an old man.

13. Railroad Track. Where does it go? Where can it take you? What sights will you see? The American railroad system goes everywhere, it can take you there, you will be amazed by what you will see. All aboard!

14. Livery Stable. Seeing this old livery stable, I just had to go inside to check out the livery I found no livery and detected nothing faintly resembling liver in any way (it usually has a distinct odor). I suppose that the livery had gone to the hay barn to improve their diet.

15. Railroad Track Detail. Ever since the golden spike was driven, railroad tracks have woven a web of economical transport across America. Projected to be supplanted by both the automobile and airplane, trains have at first steamed then chugged and now zip along, defying oblivion.

16. Old loom and sewing machine. Long ago and not so very far away, homemakers really epitomized that classification. Women raised sheep, sheared wool, spun it into yarn, then wove it into cloth, whew! Not letting their hands become idle, they stepped over to their treadle powered sewing machine and rendered that cloth into garments to clothe their families. Kinda makes you appreciate the convenience of Walmart.

17. Steel Wash Tubs. Wash tubs lined up on a rustic porch were a familiar sight around the turn of the 18th century. And to think that mom had to haul the water to fill them from down at the creek. Aint plumbing great?

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19. Mating Turtles. During a walk with my Great Dane Gus, I noticed him intently sniffing in one spot. Not to be deterred by the interest of my dog, two turtles continued their romantic interlude. After returning to my office to retrieve my Nikon, the turtles remained in their congeal embrace, seeming to be waiting to be captured by my lens for posterity, or at least for their posturing.

20. Electricity, old meets new. An interesting juxtaposing of electrical technologies. Here, the remains of an old post and tube electrical insulator provides strain relief anchorage for modern electrical cables.

21. Stonework Architecture . An old stonework building in Calico Rock, Arkansas. This building does have a bit of a calico character in its appearance

22. Oversized Chair. Was the jolly green giant here? This huge chair graces a corner in the historic district of Calico Rock Arkansas. Note the steps in front of the chair, supplied for mere mortals such as we.

23. Stringed Instruments. This pair of stringed instruments is part of a display in the Calico Rock, Arkansas museum.

24. Old Sewing Room. A display of an old sewing room that is part of the Heritage Seed Company in Southern Missouri. Kinda makes you feel thankful for places like WallMart.

25. Old Wagons in a Hay Barn. The Heritage Seed Company in southern Missouri has brought to life the late 1800s in their pioneer village. This old hay barn brings back the day when transportation was more leisurely and a lot less comfortable.

26. Old Schoolroom. This reassembled school room is part of the original furnishings from a turn of the century educational institution in North Central Arkansas.

27. Antique Camera. This old Kodak is a gem. It was a highly portable, light weight view camera. Back in the day, having been inspired by the f-64 club, I had visions of lugging an 8X10 Deardorff and associated paraphernalia around Yosemite. This is a much smaller version and much easier on the back.

28. Moonshine Still. This still was used in the North Central Arkansas area back in the good old; days of revenuer dodging. Sip, sip, chug, chug, whew, white lightening.

29. 1940's style ice cream parlor. Stepping into this ice cream parlor took me back to the days of banana splits smothered with whipped cream and a cherry on top accompanied by a root beer float.

30. Calico Rock Historic Architecture. This is the stonework facade that stretches over the entrances to the 1940s ice cream parlor and the museum in Calico Rock, AR.

31. Calico Rock, AR Museum Entryway. This entryway to the Calico Rock, AR museum is very nautical in nature, reflecting the proximity of the White River and the Twin Lakes that have over 1,500 miles of shoreline between them.

 

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