Scenes of the Old Sawmill

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Stories of North American life don’t get any more traditional than those about logging, wood milling, and lumberyards. 

 

American Sawmill Lore

 

See how it was done from start to finish 70 yrs ago. The exceptional quality of this detailed Canadian video won me over and left me in awe.

 

So, put on your flannel shirt and a pair of boots, then pour yourself a piping hot cup of coffee before hitting the play button.

 

Timeless March Quintet

Photo by Pavan Trikutam on Unsplash   The classic story of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is an American staple. Those who've read the book cannot imagine their childhood without its touching effects.   There are plenty of stage and screen interpretations...

Iconic Style of Googie

Photos: Architecture Worth Saving   Outrageous, funky, and colorful; Googie architecture swept through the country for 25 years. You could spot it at a distance and be lured into its spell for shopping, food, and fun!   https://youtu.be/h3O6WTZfj64  ...

Fill ‘Er Up!

Photo by Steven Cordes on Unsplash The ding ding of a service station bell is an immortal tone that plays in my memory as clear as day. And in yours too, if you lived in the days of full auto service attendants.   We're a country of services everywhere. Pet...

Memento of Epic Proportions

Photo by Jason Ng on Unsplash   There it sat. A small souvenir, tucked into the telephone niche of my great-grandparents' Victorian farmhouse. A glass paperweight displaying the world's greatest waterfall.     From horseback to stagecoach to trains,...

Dust Bowl Troubadour

Photo by: Celebrate America   This controversial American singer/songwriter was also an activist and author. He left an indelible mark on the fabric of our country.  His Legacy Lives Here   Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make...

She’s a Lady

Photo by HeadvaseFinds   Girls love dolls and women love vases. The marriage of the two became an American classic collectible.   A Lady of the House in the 1950s was highly likely to own and display one or more of these little treasures. One of my fond...

For the Long Haul

Toy trucks are the building blocks of a well-lived childhood. - Lakie Harrod   Spot a familiar toy truck on display at Dottie's Truck Stop:   https://youtu.be/1za-xbANtD4 https://youtu.be/EvUOePkU_qY   You'll find a brief history of the model truck here:...

Popping in For a Little Fun

North Texas Kids    Irresistible to hold, to smell, to taste and crunch; these treats take us back to the fun times!   https://youtu.be/7HqSO9ZauIY   Which candy-covered popcorn is your favorite? Homemade balls, boxed Cracker Jack or Fiddle Faddle?...

‘Til the Clouds Roll By

Photo by Ulrika Clouds on Flikr   American composers are often household names to those who think of themselves as music lovers. Yet the names of even prolific composers may elude us at times, and we go instantly to Google.   The life story (both true and...

Eames on Wheels

    Classics never go out of style; like the functionalism of Eames-inspired decor from the Atomic Age.   The Incomparable 1959 Spartan Carousel   If you are dying to see more of the same:   Carousel Gallery     Grand Finale: Kitschy...

Stroll with Trolls

DAM 1960s Troll Doll - Worthpoint   Trolls are like potato chips. Nobody is satisfied with just one.   - Eva Stark.   https://youtu.be/JzfhepGvjC4   Trolls: Click this to read why the toy craze continues!    ...

Tennessee is Tops

Photo by Tanner Boriack on Unsplash   There's a lot more to this landlocked state than meets the eye. Let's take a breath of fresh country air as host Joe Elmore shows us why Tennessee is the place to see and be. If you love historic homes, this one will suit you...

Wild Child

Roger Miller's Hometown Mural He caught my attention with his signature song before I was old enough to tie my own shoes. His performance was as crisp and clean as the black and white hues reflecting from the TV screen. Classic cool all the way.    ...

Seeds Worth Savoring

Photo by Empreinte on Unsplash   Not everyone is a gardener.  Are you one? A love to garden is a passion grown from being around gardening, or arising from a curiosity of nature's cornucopia bursting from Earth's soil.    https://youtu.be/M2KpuAK8_zE?t=295...

Racing Leads to Romance

Photo credit: Park Circus   Back in the day when caring about your fellow human being, and being neighborly to others were the norm, this philosophy was celebrated even in the movies.   April Love is the kind of wholesome movie many of us seek after and...

Coastline of Blue

  Photo by Blink+ "French Riviera"   What makes the French Riviera irresistibly alluring?   This romantic region is second-to-none with its breathtaking scenic views, white beaches, water sports, and limitless recreation. Here on the waterfront in the south...

Family is Forever

"Little girl taking a photo with a box camera" by simpleinsomnia is licensed under CC BY 2.0. Family photos were sometimes layered into boxes or mounted in albums as heavy as the Fall/Winter Sears & Roebuck catalog.   We would pour over the pages, looking for...

Ahead of Her Time

Photo: Andrew Batt Collection / Capitol-UMC Bobby Gentry was never lost. She simply chose to not be found.   Four Decades Later     We miss everything about her... the voice....the look...and the power of her gifts to the world. All we once had was a...