Past Times Blog
Posted by Teresa Leonard on January 27, 2015
The collecting of trading cards goes back much further than Pokemon or even baseball cards. In 1949 writer Earl Dean explained the history of cigarette cards back to the 1880s.
It wouldnt do much good to ask the average boy or girl of today about cigarette cards. Few, if any, ever heard of them, much less collected them. Many a man just over forty, however, well remembers when the cards were extremely popular and much sought after .
Tobacco companies first started distributing them in the 1880s to spur cigarette sales. Cigarettes then were packed in small pasteboard boxes which opened and closed much like safety match boxes. The cigarette cards, slightly smaller, were slipped in between the box and its cover.
Posted by Teresa Leonard on January 20, 2015
In 1911, more than 80 percent of NC children were "country children," and the state's superintendent of public instruction, J.Y. Joyner, encouraged the General Assembly to authorize the establishment of "farm-life schools," which, according to Joyner, "would become an intellectual, industrial, and agricultural dynamo for the whole country."
Posted by Teresa Leonard on January 13, 2015
Duke's Blue Devils have been celebrating the anniversary of the opening of Cameron Indoor Stadium, which opened 75 years ago. On opening day, writer Anthony J. McKevlin gave readers a look at what they could expect from the modern facility.
Posted by Teresa Leonard on January 6, 2015
Second Christmas, or Old Christmas on the Outer Banks was rich with tradition.
Posted by Teresa Leonard on December 16, 2014
The crew of an ill-fated fishing boat in 1931 was rescued from the Graveyard of the Atlantic by the Coast Guard. Here are two eyewitness accounts.