Virgin's Bower is a white-flowering, climbing vine that is found in the Appalachian Mountains in late summer. This pretty native is a kind of Clematis. Pollinators, including butterflies, bees of all kinds, and even house flies seem to flock to these fragrant flowers. Another common name for this Clematis species is Devil’s Darning Needles.
Huntsville, Alabama-born actress Tallulah Brockman Bankhead (1902-1968) was a staunch Democrat and campaigned for Harry Truman’s reelection in 1948. Bankhead greets President Truman and his wife at a presidential rally in Madison Square Garden.
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Here's the tale of 'Sody Sallyratus,' as compiled by Richard Chase in his book of Appalachian folktales: "Grandfather Tales."
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DeLand's Saleratus Soda and Baking Powder trade card. No date. Collection Stuart A. Lassen Postcard Collection/Texas A&M University Libraries
Mountain cabin taken by Wayne County, WV photographer Thomas Luther. There is no better photo to illustrate the harshness and beauty of mountain life. So many things near and dear to mountaineers are shown in this photo - family, farming, hunting, dogs, and even banjo picking (note the kid behind the barrel of the gun). From Doris Miller Papers, Marshall University Special Collections
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Surveyor’s chain used to establish horizontal distances along compass sight lines. One link equals .66 feet or 7.92 inches. One chain equals 66 feet or 100 links. An area of 10 square chains is equal to one acre. This early piece of equipment enabled plots to be accurately surveyed and plotted for legal and commercial purposes.
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Anderson, SC was the first city in the United States to have a continuous supply of electric power and the first in the world to create a cotton gin operated by electricity. Shown here: Portman Shoals Power Plant, 1930s.
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Will look this up next time we go down to camp on Hartwell. Anderson, SC was the first city in the United States to have a continuous supply of electric power and the first in the world to create a cotton gin operated by electricity. Shown here: Portman Shoals Power Plant, 1930s.
The ‘French 500′ arrive at Gallipolis, OH, October 1790. Courtesy "Gallipolis: Being an Account of the French Five Hundred and the Town They Established on La Belle Riviere." WPA Ohio, 1940, illustrated by William Mark Young
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Original caption reads: "Mortimer CCC Warehouse & the Forest Service office with the 1940 flood waters were decreasing -- Truck was flooded with water." Collection of Arnold and Tommy Sue Walker, Walnut Bottoms, NC.
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Home canning demonstration, Extension Department, West Virginia University. Report of WV State Board of Control, Vol. IV, Part II, 1916. West Virginia Historical Photographs Collection, image 017370.
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Home Canning Demonstration, Extension Department, West Virginia University 1916/06
“From about 1895 to 1936 Tennessee was one of the nation’s six leading states in marketing pearls,” announces the historical marker on Market St. in Clinton, TN. “Clinton was listed as one of three Tennessee towns known as centers of the pearling industry.” courtesy “Tennessee 200; Bicentennial History of Anderson County, 1796-1996” (Pellissippi Genealogical and Historical Society of Clinton, Tennessee, 1997)
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courtesy “Tennessee 200; Bicentennial History of Anderson County, 1796-1996” (Pellissippi Genealogical and Historical Society of Clinton, Tennessee, 1997)
1920s Pearling Crew sets out on a mussel shell hunting expedition near Clinton, East Tenn. on the Clinch River , Tenn. was one of the leading States in the Nation for pearls.
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San Toy, sometimes spelled Santoy, is only one of the many old mining communities that historian Ivan Tribe of the University of Rio Grande dubbed “The Little Cities of Black Diamonds,” borrowing a term originally coined by a local newspaperman in the 19th century and used to describe the newly prosperous city of Nelsonville. “The black diamond was of course coal, and coal helped more than 50 such small communities in Athens, Hocking, Perry, Morgan and surrounding counties to found and flourish in the period between the 1860s and the 1920s.
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San Toy, sometimes spelled Santoy, is only one of the many old mining communities that historian Ivan Tribe of the University of Rio Grande dubbed “The Little Cities of Black Diamonds,” borrowing a term originally coined by a local newspaperman in the 19th century and used to describe the newly prosperous city of Nelsonville. “The black diamond was of course coal, and coal helped more than 50 such small communities in Athens, Hocking, Perry, Morgan and surrounding counties to found and flourish
Here’s a memory jug from the collection of Melver Jackson Hendricks (1867-1933) who served in the North Carolina House of Representatives in the early 1920’s. Memory jugs made from bottles, urns, bowls and other vessels have been found on graves, particularly in the South, and almost always on African American graves. Accession #H.2003.1.1/North Carolina Museum of History
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It took the individual effort of each Jarvis, mother and daughter, over two generations to forge the Mother’s Day we recognize today. And it’s a story with a twist, so buckle up!
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The hair for either Marilla of Rachel
Women quilting. This is almost a lost art, the hand quilted quilt. This is how my grandmother, great-grandmother and great aunts quilted.
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Women quilting. This is almost a lost art, the hand quilted quilt. Love this photo. My aunt hand quilts. She is always busy with work people send her. I need to learn.
Jesse Jewell (1902-1975) started what was to become Georgia’s largest agricultural crop—poultry. The now $1,000,000,000 a year industry has given Gainesville the title “Poultry Capital of the World.” Drawing of the J. D. Jewell Inc. poultry plant, Gainesville, GA, made in the 1940s. Jewell became famous for producing frozen chicken that was shipped around the world. Ed Beasley Collection / Hall County Library Photo Collection, Gainesville, GA.
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Twelve-year old William P. “Punch” Jones and his father, Grover C. Jones, Sr. were pitching horseshoes in Peterstown, WV one day in April 1928 when one of the shoes landed on an unusually beautiful stone. The Punch Jones Diamond was sold at auction in October 1984 through Sotheby’s of New York. It reportedly brought $67,500 from a buyer in the Orient. Photograph courtesy of Sotheby’s Jewelry Department.
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Jones Diamond The ¡°Jones Diamond,¡± also known as the ¡°Punch Jones Diamond,¡± "The Grover Jones Diamond," or "The Horseshoe Diamond," was a 34.48 carat (6.896 g) alluvial diamond found in Peterstown, West Virginia by members of the Jones family. It remains the largest alluvial diamond ever discovered in North America. Color: blueish-white Cut Weight(carat): 34.48 Cut: Horseshoe Country of origin: America Date discovered: 1928
Lonaconing, Maryland’s favorite son, "Lefty" Grove, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1947, earned a spot on Major League Baseball’s All Century team and is rated by the Sporting News as the 2nd greatest left-handed pitcher of all time, behind Warren Spahn.
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future Hall-of-fame pitcher "Lefty" Grove as a Baltimore Oriole (1920-24)
Ahhhh, dandelion wine! The popular name comes from dent de lion, French for “lion’s tooth,” referring to the teeth on the leaves. Wine is made from the heads. Choose dandelions from an open field far from any insecticide spraying. Pick early in the season when the leaves of the plant are still tender. Flowers that have just opened are best. Photo: Bob Thompson/Flickr
Dandelion wine. The popular name comes from dent de lion, French for “lion’s tooth,” referring to the teeth on the leaves. Wine is made from the heads. Choose dandelions from an open field far from any insecticide spraying. Pick early in the season when the leaves of the plant are still tender. Flowers that have just opened are best. Photo: Bob Thompson/Flickr
“When I started I didn’t have very much. Didn’t need very much, didn’t have many customers. Course I would see them go into the store across the street. I worked over there at one time and at the building that burned down. I’ve been fooling with [the grocery business] all my life."