I recently discovered a decades old magazine with black and white pictures and a story about the Outer Banks.
The cover and other identifying pages of the magazine are missing, so I have to guess about some details, but the magazine was clearly affiliated with the Standard Oil Company (originally Ocracoke's only service station was a franchise of Standard Oil Co.), and was published soon after the Herbert C. Bonner bridge was built in 1963 (a photograph caption says the bridge "now crosses Oregon Inlet").
In an interview with Jack Willis (owner of Jack's Store, which was located on the dock where the Working Watermen's exhibit is today) and Danny Garrish (who operated the Community Store) the author includes this quotation by one of the men: "...[I]t is rather enjoyable around here even when our slack season comes. I guess you would have to live here awhile to know the peace of mind that the outer Banks offers. We've lived here all our lives. We think we are capable of handling just about any situation. Even when that old Atlantic starts snorting, we don't think too much about it. We are as tough as it is, and that's satisfying, too."
I'll second that thought! And I wish Jack and Danny were still around to share their insights and good humor.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Sam Jones, Island Legend. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news012111.htm.