Here is a sample of what I discovered:
- A "stubborn cough" can be cured by drinking a mixture of sugar or honey and creosote (1928).
- These ailments can all be cured with various treatments and ointments available for sale:
- Varicose Veins (Relieved "At Once")
- Whiskey or Drug Habit (Cured Forever)
- Asthma (Stopped or No Pay!)
- Vision problems (No Glasses Needed)
- Bunions ("Gone in Days")
- The "New Easy Spindrier" (No old-fashioned wringing) can be purchased for $189.95.
- "Ambitious Girls" can make $23 for a 40-hour work week, as telephone operators.
- Railroad Engineers made average annual earnings of $3,965 in 1939.
- A ten-year-old Plymouth convertible (new paint, rebuilt engine) could be had for $595 in 1949.
- In 1928 Beatrice Fuller (a "white girl" who is "a descendant of the Mayflower pilgrims") married Clarence Kellem ("a mulatto") in Connecticut, in spite of threats and protests (including "a flaming cross on a high hill").
- On May 8, 1948, Methodists adopted a "Resolution Aimed at End of Racial Segregation in Southern Churches."
- A seven-year-old boy is "healthy and happy" in spite of having his heart in the right side of his chest.
- Goldfish swim fastest in "Mildly Warm Water."
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is an article by island resident, Crystal Canterbury, about her very first visit to Portsmouth Village, on the last day of 2014. You can read Part I here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news042115.htm.