Saturday, June 22, 2013

Vintage Photo

This photo was taken, probably in the early 1930s, at the old Pamlico Inn. The Inn, located on the sound shore almost due west of the lighthouse, catered to hunters, anglers, and summer visitors. Square dances were held in the building on the left. The Inn was destroyed in the 1944 hurricane.

I found this picture recently in a box of vintage photographs that belonged to my father. I'm not certain, but I think the taller young man may be Thomas Gilbert Jackson, born ca. 1911, one of my father's best friends. I believe so because of the rakish angle of his hat!

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This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is a photo gallery of past July 4th parade photos. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous1:19 AM

    Digital pictures are not found in a box. For posterity should we print all our digital photos. Will future generations have printed images to hold in their hands of ancestors? Sorry but digitals books do not a library make. As a college student I spent many an hour relaxing unwinding wasting time reading back issues of the Rolling Stone magazine in the Library East on campus. I had to walk to the library and climb the stairs and find a seat to lug the bound editions to my table. It was great!

  2. Anonymous9:25 AM

    Now the format of this image is not square. As a child I remember the little booklets of ones printed images. Now this narrow picture format certainly lends it self to either horizontal or vertical much more than a square. P.H. do you have any idea of the type of camera used and do you suppose the film was developed at home sent away in the mail what was involved back then in documenting life on the island.

  3. Anonymous9:32 AM

    While this is certainly not the place for a heated debate I must comment on Anonymous 1:19 a.m.'s comment: "digtal books do not a library make..."

    While I don't have any desire to destroy the wonderful world of hardbound books, I disagree with your statement. Digital books are making reading more readily available to the masses. Books are being "published" digitally that would never have been printed. Libraries make ebooks available to those that can't afford the books. I happen to live overseas and am able to check out books from my local library back home in the states. Without ebooks, I'd have no access to quality reading. I've read 18 books in 2013, all but 2 were digital. While I appreciate your concern, I believe you can indeed build a library in the digital format. Years from now when books are rotting, moth eaten and falling apart a digital library can still be preserved for future generations.

    As a side note, my mother who hated the idea of ebooks, is now a proud NOOK owner and wouldn't ever go back. Try it, you might be surprised how much you like it.

    Thanks for the memories Mr. Howard!

  4. Anonymous10:09 AM

    And my wife, a busy professional, has "read" 39 books this year listening to books recorded on CD while commuting to the various facilities where she sees patients. Without the availability of "books" in this medium she'd not otherwise have time in her day to read a paper-and-ink, bound volume. Thanks to audio books, she's able to "curl up with a book" every chance she gets. 'Twould seem the key here is promoting the merits of literacy in any form, regardless of the medium. All hail our libraries! (And thanks, as always, for sharing with us, Philip). :-)

  5. Anonymous9:29 PM

    Digital photos are wonderful. They can be preserved digitally to be printed at any time without using any quality. They can be backed up and upgraded to what ever media is current at the time. they can be saved to clouds or back up drives, even locked in a safety deposit box. You can have tens of thousands of high quality photos in the space of a one roll of developed prints. Not to mention the digital media allows us to take hundreds of photos in a short amoutn of time at virtually no cost. People are now able to afford to take pictures of everythign. You also know instantly if your picture turned out. If not, just take another shot. How could anyone not appreciate the wonders of digital photography. You can still have them printed, and its cheaper than ever! Send them off to have beautiful full color glossy books printed at a fraction of the cost of the past. The possibilities are endless. Anyone that is skeptical of digital media is out of touch of the wonderful potential it presents the world.

    you can still climb stairs, you can even stop to take a picture of the stairs, on your way to read your ebook in the library. Most all have wifi now, so you can download your books on teh way up the stairs. That's mutlitasking at its best.