A century of Facebook
In the early part of the 20th century, the Winston-Salem weekly newspaper The Union Republican began publishing a page each week called “Our Young People’s Department”. It printed stories and pictures about people under the age of 19, but the bulk of the page was letters from teens and pre-teens as young as six years old. The page became an instant success. The letters came from every corner of North Carolina and southern Virginia and addressed a wide range of topics from the mundane to politics, religion, sports, current events, etc. One of the most popular topics was requests for song lyrics. And, of course, the most popular topic of all time, social interaction between boys and girls. Early on the writers began referring to each other as cousins, so the feature became known as “the cousins page”.
Here are a few examples from the Thursday, March 30, 1916 edition of The Union Republican: