Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Beauty ads through the years

Ads for beauty (and health) products have been a long-time newspaper staple.
Here are a few examples...







Monday, November 24, 2014

Carrousel Parade, 1954

The first Carrousel Parade was held in 1947 but the papers didn't cover it. 
By 1954 the city was Carrousel-crazy! Here's what ran that year.

Sunday, November 21, 1954

 My gosh that's a long parade, from 11th Street to East Blvd!

The day before Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day

'Colonel James Norman Pease was crowned King of the Carolinas Carrousel at the third annual Coronation Ball of the Royal Society of Knights of the Carrousel at the Hotel Charlotte ballroom.'
J.N. Pease Associates, a Charlotte-based design and engineering firm, 
designed the current Charlotte Observer building among many others!

Coverage of the parade in the next day's paper.

Charlotte's first escalator, 1923

Efird's North Tryon Street store opened on September 23, 1923. 

The emporium boasted the first escalator south of Philadelphia and mentioned it in every ad! 

The building was purchased by Belk in the 1950's and became their flagship store. 


October 21, 1923
'I'll say it's the snake's hips!' I love that! Is that like the bee's knees?


Efird's on left, with clock. Mid-'20s.
120-126 N. Tryon St.

Another view, 1923. Courtesy Charlotte Meck Public Library.



These two are called 'advertorials' - the caption and story look like 
news reports but they are really advertising.

May 28, 1924


June 17, 1923


September 23, 1923


October 17, 1923


October 21, 1923


December 3, 1924

Did you find the word 'escalator' in the Christmas ad?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Myers Park United Methodist

A look back at some newspaper coverage from the church's past

(The formatting's a little wonky so be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom!)

From the Myers Park United Methodist church website:  Myers Park Methodist Episcopal Church, South, as it was originally named, was organized in 1925 and held its first service on October 25, 1925, in the chapel at Queens College, Burwell Hall. About one month later, the congregation bought the property at Queens and Providence roads for $18,000. The wooden store that occupied this site was converted into a temporary sanctuary seating 200 people. By Christmas, church services were being held here. Charter membership was closed in December 31, 1925, with 151 charter members.


October 26, 1925

January 11, 1926


June 8, 1929

June 9, 1929

June 10, 1929
The left side of the column isn't completely legible but I
think we can figure out the 'contents of the copper box'...

January 25, 1930
Louis Asbury won an architecture prize for the church design. 

 March 12, 1933
'At the special services today observing the third anniversary of the use of the Myers Park Methodist church building, a period of silent prayer for the President (FDR) and congress will be conducted.'
(Lots of worries about the Depression, the banks and unemployment I'm sure.)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Babe Ruth in Charlotte

   The 'Sultan of Swat' made several visits to the Queen City in the 1920's including a Yankees vs. Charlotte Hornets exhibition game in 1929.  Take a look!

(Did you know the 1920's Observer referred to the Hornets as the 'Insects' and 'Bugs', too?)


                                                             April 8, 1920


                                                                 April 6, 1926


April 8, 1926


                                                           April 9, 1926

Wait a minute. 'Lying almost covered by a sheet and thoroughly uncovered by anything else'? 

Wikipedia says:'Other team names used by the franchise that would finally be called 'the Dodgers' were: the Grays, the Grooms, the Bridegrooms, the Superbas and the Robins.'

                                                 June 6, 1926


                                                 April 7, 1928


April 12, 1929

(Spoiler alert -- the Hornets lost to the Yankees)

April 13, 1929


    'New York Yankees Hall of Famer Babe Ruth at Belmont Abbey with Father Norbert McGowan. The photo was taken in April, 1929.' Courtesy of Art Shoemaker