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Folktales, anecdotes and quotes drawn from Appalachia. Emphasis on the Depression era.
Lovesick In Blacksburg
2021-06-12 19:23
Estimated reading time: 8 minutes Photo above: Olivia Tutwiler’s opening diary page in background; illustration of woman with good luck clover looking into a VPI mirror, from the 1… Read More
This Is Not A Pipe…
2021-06-09 09:02
Estimated reading time: 13 minutes Photo above: Early model of laurel pipe ‘Spartan’ from D&P Pipe Works. Manufactured 1942-43. …at least, it’s not the cl… Read More
Mailing Babies Via Parcel Post
2021-05-24 09:00
Estimated reading time: 8 minutes Parcel Post Service became available to Americans on January 1, 1913. Farm families, having made Rural Free Delivery a nation-wide success, were especia… Read More
The May Queen: A Mini ‘Miss America’
2021-05-20 09:00
Estimated reading time: 10 minutes Photo above: Hiwassee College May Queen and court. May 14, 1936. Original caption says: “Ordered by Hiwassee College,” significant because… Read More
“I Believe The Dam Has Burst!”
2021-05-17 09:00
Estimated reading time: 7 minutes Photo above: 1937 view of the site of the old South Fork Reservoir Dam, the collapse of which caused the Johnstown flood of 1889.  “I saw… Read More

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