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Saturday, January 9, 2010

60 Years Ago

This picture from about 1950 shows my Dad beside a load of firewood destined to heat the house for the winter. Poplar logs, all cut by axe, loaded on the sleigh by hand, and unloaded the same way. The old saying was true, "wood warms you several times". Much handling involved from start to finish. Usually a group of neighbours would gather to help saw the poles into stove wood lengths.
On a cold quiet winter night it was nice to listen to the occasional snap of sparks from the stove and feel the heat radiating off the big old cast iron cook stove. Kind of made all the work worth while.


  1. Very neat photo! I love old pictures. I've spent a large part of the past year scanning and saving photos to CD's and USB drives where they won't degrade like the paper versions. I then pass them along to interested family members. You might want to consider doing the same. The only thing is, they'll have to be transferred to new technologies as they become available, or the storage methods will become obsolete.

  2. Thanks for your comment George. I too have many old family photos and am gradually scanning them to cd, also saving some to flash drives. Just generally trying to get more copies out there so that if anything ever happened to the original I would at least be able to replace them.