Ever wonder what the North Carolina State Fair was like in the 1940s and 1950s? Check out this archived video and vintage photos from the State Archives of North Carolina.Continue reading “Reminiscing: The NC State Fair During the 40s and 50s”
Trapped by extreme blizzard conditions, Dr Leonid Rogozov was forced to operate on himself by taking his appendix out.Continue reading “Photo Stories: Physician takes out his own appendix!”
Jean was an international tennis player and ranked in the world top ten in 1947 and 1948. (1940 – Photo Courtesy of National Archives Britain)Continue reading “Photo Stories: Jean Addie Bissett Bostock playing tennis on ice skates!”
Richard Corbitt (February 15, 1873 – May 16, 1961) was a successful North Carolina tobacco merchant during the 1890s. Forced out of business by a large trust, Corbitt set up the Corbitt Buggy Company in 1899 in Henderson, North Carolina.Continue reading “History’s Forgotten Car Maker: Richard Corbitt’s Motor Buggys and Trucks”
Photographer Lewis Hine photographed American Red Cross relief work in Europe in 1917. While in Europe, he photographed the conditions in post-war and the relief efforts of the American Red Cross.Continue reading “Soldier Thrown in Air 1917: Lewis Hines History in Photos”
Directed by Ray Smallwood, photographic silent film prints from the 1921 screen adaption based on the Wizard of Oz. Photos courtesy of Tom Crossman.
An issue of Film Daily noted that work was about to start on a series of twelve one-reel novelty films based on the Frank J. Baum’s children’s classic. The films would be produced by silent film cameraman-turned-director Ray Smallwood, directed by Ethel Meglin and featuring Meglin’s “Wonder Kiddies.” Former students of Meglin included Shirley Temple, Jane Withers, Mickey Rooney, and Judy Garland.
The first episode would be called The Scarecrow Loses His Throne inspired by Baum’s 1904 book The Land of Oz. The film officially premiered in 1933 but was not released nationally as originally intended. The film could not compete with the big flashy musical shows that were currently being viewed at that time.
Mary Ruth Boone, a renowned acrobat, was cast as Dorothy. The films’ production was completed by 1931 but the release was delayed by more than a year, by which time it was clear no further Meglin-Oz films were to be made.
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Kentucky was the greatest producer of hemp in the United States during the 19th and 20th centuries.