During a routine reference request I came across this charming but unidentified image from the Ingatious Wadsworth Brock Collection. “Nace” Brock was a photographer in Asheville who specialized in portraiture and scenics.
Although a posed image of a mother and child, it did strike me that throughout the years many of one’s childhood memories (or perhaps just mine) center around a bicycle. Learning to ride, removing the training wheels, and the sense of freedom that cycling provides and the desire to then teach one’s own children how to ride.
The cycle continues – pun intended.
This unique view shows bicycles parked at Hinton James dormitory in the 1960’s. The dorm is named in honor of the first student to enroll at UNC in 1795. James walked to campus from his hometown in Wilmington.
The dorm bearing his name is located he farthest away from classes, hence the need for bicycles.
This ca. 1888 image shows one of the many stiles used to cross over the stone walls surrounding campus. The stone walls were constructed under the direction of Professor Elisha Mitchell in 1838 in an effort to enclose the campus and replace the rail fences currently in place. These walls were constructed in the New England fashion with the use of mortar and served the dual purpose of preventing live stock from grazing on campus grounds and to enhance the picturesque campus setting. The construction of the stone walls surrounding campus would continue until the 1850’s
This image shows students enjoying the Kessing Pool shortly after its completion in 1943. Named for Commander Oliver Owen Kessing, the pool provided aquatic training for the Navy Pre-Flight School which trained pilots during WWII.
On this day in 1906 the Football Rules Committee legalized the forward pass. Also, the Dow closed above 100 for the first time, coincidence ?
This 1901 game action photograph played at Emerson Field (site of present day Lenoir Dinning Hall) shows future journalist Louis Graves at quarterback, not sure if he ran the ball or handed it off.
With the recent cold snap I thought it might be interesting to find out the lowest recorded temperature in the state. A record low of -34 degrees was recorded on Mount Mitchell on January 21, 1985. This 1938 postcard shows the mountain on what appears to be a more agreeable Spring day, just 72 days away.
For the start of a new academic year here’s a look back to a time before Student Central let you register for classes and order textbooks online. This photograph from the 1970s shows students in front of Woollen Gym waiting to register for Fall semester courses. You’ll still need to pick up your books in person, though. Welcome back!