Exhibits, Local History, North Carolina History, Winston-Salem

Commemorating the Ratification of the 19th Amendment

Women's suffrage, the right of women to vote in elections, was a hard-won right by generations of women. In the United States, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed by Congress on May 19, 1919, and ratified by states on August 18, 1920, one hundred years ago this year. To commemorate the 100th… Continue reading Commemorating the Ratification of the 19th Amendment

Local History, North Carolina History

Why is it called Bethania Station Road?

Click on images to see full size where available   We love questions. Here is one: “Why is it called Bethania Station Road?” Answer: Because once upon a time in the late 19th / early 20th century, there was a railroad station that served the community of Bethania there. Today, Bethania is a sleepy little… Continue reading Why is it called Bethania Station Road?

Genealogy, Local History, North Carolina History

1918 pandemic was the worst ever…

1918 was not anyone’s favorite year. The “Great War”, later known as World War I, was grinding into its fifth year. The United States had only entered the war the year before, but already American citizens were feeling the strain through reduction in government services, rationing and shortages of many items of everyday life. Locally,… Continue reading 1918 pandemic was the worst ever…

Forsyth County, Local History, North Carolina History

“Friday Calls”…ignored by local media…

E. Vernon F. Glenn at an autograph party in Jacksonville, FL for his first novel, "Friday Calls". He is a member of the local Glenn family, of Quality Oil Company fame, but the "E. Vernon F." part makes him the namesake of E. Vernon Ferrell, for many years the head of Ferrell Realty and certainly… Continue reading “Friday Calls”…ignored by local media…

Forsyth County, Local History, North Carolina History, Winston-Salem

Cruising Stratford, the early years…1940s – 1960s

For larger images, on Mac, control-click-view image; on Windows, right click-view image. Most of the pictures in this post are original monochromes. Since I have been experimenting with colorization, I decided to colorize most of them using various algorithms. The monochrome originals are safely stored in their original format. Myrtle Beach, Ninth Avenue at Ocean… Continue reading Cruising Stratford, the early years…1940s – 1960s

Local History, North Carolina History, Winston-Salem

A century of hotels…Frances to Hampton…

To see images at full size where available, do this: On a Mac, control click on the image, then select "View image". In Windows, right click on the image, then select "View Image" To return to the blog post, click the back button In the beginning Men working The home stretch OpenPhotos by Fam Brownlee… Continue reading A century of hotels…Frances to Hampton…

Forsyth County, Local History, North Carolina History

Winston-Salem’s Sweetheart: Mary Pickford

As always, click images for full size   https://youtu.be/SNTcUNZM66A This year’s River Run Film Festival takes as its focus the centennial of United Artists, founded in 1919 by Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., D.H. Griffith and Mary Pickford. UA was not a Hollywood studio, but a distribution channel that would serve many independent film makers… Continue reading Winston-Salem’s Sweetheart: Mary Pickford

Forsyth County, Local History, North Carolina History

Goody’s goodies in the Camel City…

As always, click images for larger size where available... https://youtu.be/NzPqiLXpHDY North Carolina has always been an important producer and consumer of patent medicines. It is the birthplace of the three best known headache relief powders. All three had pretty much the same basic ingredients, powdered aspirin, salycylamide and caffeine. For instance, the original B.C. formula… Continue reading Goody’s goodies in the Camel City…

Exhibits, Forsyth County, Local History, North Carolina History, Winston-Salem

History of Piedmont Airlines Exhibit at Central Library

This month the Piedmont Aviation Historical Society has curated an exhibit of their archives in the North Carolina Collection at the Central Library. The exhibit will run from January through April. Piedmont Aviation Historical Society Banner Piedmont Airlines began in February 1948 with a flight from Wilmington to Cincinnati on a Douglas DC-3 with founder… Continue reading History of Piedmont Airlines Exhibit at Central Library

Forsyth County, Local History, North Carolina History, Winston-Salem

The true history of the confederate memorial in Winston-Salem…

As always, click pictures for larger size where available... I note that the recent controversy regarding the Confederate memorial on the former Forsyth County courthouse square has elicited a tidal wave of misinformation, which is not unusual in this day and age. Forthwith, the facts as we know them: On Friday, November 11, 1904, the… Continue reading The true history of the confederate memorial in Winston-Salem…