Some links for your enjoyment...

U.S. Historical Flags - A historical tour of the United States flag, with images.  Your humble Web Master served his country under three of them.  Enjoy!

20 Places To See Before You Die: The Ultimate Travel Bucket List.  Your humble Web Master has visited three of them.  How about you?

Rare Photos of History: Some photos you may never see anywhere else.

What Our Forefathers Thought: Some quotes from some very wise men.

A Picture Review: The Old Cars of Australia.

10 Really Strange Flowers: That Look Like Something Else.  A slide show.

Early Los Angeles Historical Buildings (1900 - 1925) Some marvelous old photos.  This site is maintained by Water and Power Associates, a non-profit organization dedicated to to informing and educate its members, public officials and the general public on critical water and energy issues affecting the citizens of Los Angeles, Southern California and the State of California.  The site also contains links to many other old photo collections (at the bottom of the page - I know, a long way down).

Photos - America in Color from 1939-1943: These images, by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, are some of the only color photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America's rural and small town populations.  The photographs and captions are the property of the Library of Congress and were included in a 2006 exhibit Bound for Glory: America in Color.  The photos are on an external web page, owned by the Denver Post.

Douglasville, Then (1910) and Now (2010)

Some photos we have gathered locally for your enjoyment...

Gathered from emails and the Internet.

Old Gas Stations: Some wonderful photos of old gas stations.

The newest addition to our interesting old photograph collection.

Even more interesting old photographs

An Automobile Quiz: Something a bit different.

And Some More: Interesting old photographs.  Well... images - not all are photographs.  Gathered from emails and the Internet.

Even More: Interesting Old Photographs.  Sorry, no other information is available on these photographs.

Historical Photos: Pictures that make you stop and think...  Note that in the first picture, the two images are not of the exact same event.  In the first, one fellow has no hat, in the second, all have hats.

Old Douglas County Photographs: This was our first collection of old photographs.

If you have any old photographs you would like to share with the world (this is the World Wide Web, after all) email the Web Master with digital copies of the photographs attached, and any information you wish displayed with the photo.  If you do not have a digital copy, and would like one, just let me know.  I have access to a several decent scanners (two portable, one of which I can, and often do, bring to the meeting).


Jokes and other amusements:

Here are some wonderful genealogical amusements.  I hope you will enjoy them.

Odd but interesting items...

Odd National Days: What Congress does when you aren't looking.  They spend a lot of time coming up with and proclaiming whimscal special days.

Do you recognize this photo?  You should, it was taken right here in Douglas County.  But perhaps the perspective is throwing you off.


Look here to learn the truth.  I bet you'll be surprised.  I certainly was.

Want to see some Web history?  Here's the worlds very first Web Page, still being kept alive by CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research, owners and operators of the Large Hadron Collider and the creators of the World Wide Web).

World's very first Web Page  This was in about 1992 and looks rather primitive by today's standards.  Remember, modern browsers did not yet exist, and few people actually had a computer on their desktop, much less at home.  Back then even a basic computer would have cost at least $1500 (a bit over $2500 in 2015 dollars), and a really good one $3000, or more.  A nice dot-matrix printer (remember those?) would have been around $500 (about $850 in 2015 dollars).  A laser printer?  Forget it!  A laser printer would have cost 2 or 3 times what the computer cost!

I know - I paid those prices, but luckily, with a zero interest company loan.  Seems the company I worked for wanted to encourage the employees to become computer literate.  I found that rather amusing, as they were paying me (and quite well, I might add) as a Software Engineer at the time, but I still took advantage of the cheap financing.

I also remember paying $500 for a single sided floppy disk drive, back around 1975.  That would be the equivalent of more than $2200 in 2015, but it sure beat cassette tape storage.  What was I thinking?  Well, fairly intelligently, I suppose, as it was a part of the self-training program that eventually led to me becoming, some 8 to 10 years later, a handsomely paid Software Engineer.  So, I've never regretted the expense, as I recovered it many times over.

Early web related software.  You won't find many recognizable names there, unless you are an Elder Geek, like me, your humble Web Master.

Mosaic: The Original Browser.   Marc Andreessen headed the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) team that developed Mosaic, and after he left NCSA, he developed the Mosaic code into Netscape (the first commercial browser).  Some years later, AOL purchased Netscape and then released it as Open Source, allowing it to morph into Firefox (an interesting story in itself), and several other browsers.  I doubt you could find a copy of Mosaic today, and it probably wouldn't work with modern web pages, anyway.

This is what it looked like:


Other fun things.  More to come.  I'm still working on it...


If you have something you think might be of interest (old photos, stories, historical events, etc.), and are willing to share, please notify the Web Master.