Thursday, September 11, 2014

What Were They Thinking??

I will let this advertisement, published Sunday, August 10, 1890 in The State Chronicle, speak for itself.

For Young Men Who Carry Their Brains in Their Heels.

Six young ladies at Ocracoke, and as sweet and beautiful as the State can furnish, requests [sic] us to insert an advertisement for a dozen or two young men who can dance. They are ready, willing and waiting for an opportunity to whirl in the giddy maze of the waltz and to indulge in seaside flirtation without stint or reservation. Young men come to the rescue.


What WERE they thinking?

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of late 19th century steamship traffic to Ocracoke, and the large Victorian hotel that accommodated the guests. You can read the article here:  


  1. Anonymous7:20 AM

    This is proof that entrapment has a long history, a sucker is born every day, can't always read what is printed in the paper, let the reader beware, nothing is as good as you think it is, and brains are not in your heels.

  2. Anonymous8:50 AM

    Wouldn't you just love to know the identities of the six ladies

  3. Kevin3:19 PM

    The Right Rev. Butt also remarked that Ocracoke was a good place for a Methodist pastor to find a wife. Was the birthrate for girls higher than that of boys, or did all the men go off to sea?