Check out what’s new in the North Carolina Collection

Several new titles were just added to New in the North Carolina Collection. To see the full list simply click on the link in the entry or click on the New in the North Carolina Collection tab at the top of the page. As always, full citations for all the new titles can be found in the University Library Catalog, and all titles are available for use in the Wilson Special Collections Library.

New in the collection: Buckhorn Mineral Water label

Label for Buckhorn Mineral Water listing its benefits for catarrh of stomach and bowels, constipation, and indigestion.

Even before its contemporary popularity, bottled mineral water was big business in North Carolina.

Buckhorn, drawn from a spring in Granville County, had its fans, but in 1919 the company’s wide-ranging claims collided with the expectations of the Food and Drug Administration.


New in the collection: Mocksville Telephone Co. receipt

Mocksvile Telephone Company receiptThe first telephone exchange in the state opened in Raleigh in 1879. Service to less urban areas came slowly – Mocksville’s began in 1904.  If I’m reading this 1919 receipt correctly, it shows that a three-minute call from  Sanford Motor Co. in Mocksville to C. L. Sharp Co., a produce dealer in Winston-Salem, cost 30 cents.

New in the collection: Milo Violets cigarettes

Closed box of Milo Violets cigarettes with name of cigarettes in cursive on case top

Open box of Milo Violets cigarettes

“The American Tobacco Company introduced Milo Violets in 1918 for women who wished to assert their independence and decide for themselves which cigarettes they would be smoking. Milo Violets were perfumed and had gold tips, a signal that they were designed exclusively for women….”

— From Stanford Research Into the Impact of Tobacco Advertising 

Manufactured in “Factory No. 30 / Dist. of North Carolina”– and still carrying a hint of perfume.


New in the collection: Junior Park Ranger badge

Junior Park Ranger badge for Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

“The Junior Ranger program is a fun way to learn more about our park and how you can help protect it — just like our park rangers! You can explore the many stories of our island of adventure and discovery and help us keep Fort Raleigh National Historic Site clean and safe for all visitors….

“To become an official Roanoke Ranger and earn a Fort Raleigh badge, you will need to attend a ranger program or watch the movie, and complete the pages of the Roanoke Ranger Activity Book assigned to your age.

“When you have finished, go to the visitor center desk and discuss some of your answers with the ranger or volunteer. Take the oath, and receive your badge!”

— From “Be A Junior Ranger!”