This week’s speculation over the identity of Clyde Hoey (and a camera-shy Harry Truman?) brought to mind shorpy.com, “a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s” (’60s, actually). Some are familiar (Lewis Hine, Dorothea Lange), but others may surprise.
Some North Carolina examples:
— Petersburg provost marshal’s office, 1864
— Mount Airy Indian-themed 1964 birthday party
— Mount Olive homestead, 1800
— Pitt County 1910 chain gang
— Sapphire lodge, 1902 and (here too)
— A visceral provenance indeed: The staircase where Harriet Jacobs was beaten.
— The hoopla for “The King’s Speech” gives cause (were any needed) to look back at the insightful and unblinking work of Durham’s Barry Yeoman, e.g., “They Called him B-Biden” and “Why My Stutter Makes me a Better Reporter” and “Wrestling with Words.”
— From the farthest front, 77 accounts by North Carolinians at Gettysburg.
— Jock Lauterer’s latest A Thousand Words selection, from Dorothea Lange, depicts 74-year-old Caroline Atwater in the doorway of her Orange County log home on July 1, 1939.
Just wondering: Might she be kin to Anthony “Shine” Atwater of “Reet and Shine,” the inexplicably uncelebrated dual biography by Michael Schwalbe? (Ranking one-two worldwide in frequency of the Atwater surname: Chapel Hill and Durham.)
— ” ‘Hush puppies don’t have sugar in them,’ she stated categorically.”