Friday, April 29, 2016

How Times Have Changed!

I was in Blackbeard's Lodge the other day and spied this whimsical sign:

It reminded me of a story that Fred Mallison relates in his book To Ocracoke!. He writes about visiting Ocracoke in the first half of the 20th century. On page 103 he tells about waiting for mail after the mail boat docked late in the afternoon:

"One lady I knew rode to the post office on one of the beach trucks. She was wearing her bathing suit and sat on the truck while others of her party went in for the mail. Although the lady was wrapped in a big beach towel over her bathing suit, Mrs. Howard [Ms. Bessie, the postmaster's wife] thought she was dressed improperly, and threatened to pour boiling water on her if she tried to come in."

I wonder what Ms. Bessie would think if she could see how some summer folks dress in public today!

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is Allie (Teenie) Scott's 1968 story of Simon Garrish, Jr. and the US Life-Saving horse, Sambo. You can read it by clicking here:

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