Past Times

Past Times

Young children worked in the mills, on the streets

In 1918, Miss Theresa Wolfson, a special investigator of the National Child Labor Committee, conducted a survey of child labor conditions in North Carolina and published her findings in The News & Observer. Here are some of the conditions found in the towns of Durham and Asheville.

Past Times

Pageant royalty in abundance for beauties past

This week the N.C. Museum of History opens a a sumertime lobby-case exhibit in recognition of the 80th anniversary of the Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant. In 1961, writer Hugh Mulligan took a light-hearted look at the opportunities a young lady had to become royalty.

Past Times

Looking back on the days of live TV

In an era of live-streaming video, here’s a look back at where it all began, with local TV programming. In 1979, N&O writer Jane Welch profiled two local shows that started in the 1950s and were still going strong.

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The yo-yo fad looped back around to Raleigh

The national fad for yo-yoing struck the country about 1932, when citizens of all ages discovered the toy and purchased millions with the same lack of restraint they went after miniature golf. The obsession waned a bit before returning in 1940.

Past Times

Legislative wife was also an inventor

Moms are nothing if not problem solvers. In 1961, Clarice B. Wicker, wife of a state legislator and mother of a future lieutenant governor, took matters into her own hands to solve a problem of highway safety before seat belts became standard equipment on American cars. N&O writer Joan Brock Years interviewed the full-time mother and part-time inventor.

Past Times

NC hotel served as German internment camp during WWI

When the United States entered World War I in the spring of 1917, a number of German civilians found themselves in “enemy territory” and were detained at the internment camp set up at the Mountain Park Hotel in Hot Springs. A special report in The News & Observer took a look at conditions of the camp.

Past Times

St. Agnes Hospital fought to serve

The historic St. Agnes Hospital will be the subject of a program called “Envision Saint Agnes,” hosted by St. Augustine’s University and the City of Raleigh’s Office of Raleigh Arts on April 8. In 1953, writer Margaret Haywood took a look at the history of the then-57-year-old institution.

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