Source: Laupus Health Sciences History Collection Staff Person: Matt Reynolds Description: This late 19th Century advertising card for E.S. Wells Rough on Rats vermin extermination powder depicts a peeved family chasing a variety of pests from their home. The powder, which contained a mixture of arsenic and ground coal was said to “clear out rats, [...]
Source: Minges Collection #1136.1.a Staff Person: Dale Sauter Description: Original, signed letter from Caleb (C. D.) Bradham, Sr., inventor of Pepsi-Cola, to Dr. Jos. J. Watson in South Carolina promoting Pepsi-Cola as a safe drink. Bradham also mentions some basic ingredients found in the beverage (1917).
Source: Edward B. Ellis, Jr. Papers #753.4 Staff Person: Dale Sauter Description: Original broadside (circa 1883) offering a “Rare Chance for Capitalists!” Offered for rent or lease by Mrs. Virginia Harrison of New Berne, N.C. is Camp Palmer, “one of the finest farms in Eastern North Carolina.” She also states she has “a good cotton [...]
Source: James N. Joyner Papers (Manuscript Collection #429) Staff Person: Lynette Lundin Description: James N. Joyner (1888-1972), attended the University of North Carolina and graduated in 1910. He was employed by the British-American Tobacco Company (B.A.T.) in China from 1912 to 1935, returned to North Carolina to manage the family farm at LaGrange, and died at the [...]
Source: Wynns Family Papers #691-002, East Carolina Manuscript Collection Staff Person: Dale Sauter Description: Today’s staff pick features a 1961 two- sided advertising insert from Carolina Telephone and Telegraph Company offering a space-saving home phone with a full range of colors. In this age when most people own cell phones and no longer use home [...]
Source: Benjamin B. Winborne Papers, collection number 691-005 Staff Person: Dale Sauter Description: Today’s staff pick features a Spring and Summer 1912 Hat Sales Brochure for clothing manufacturer, Dunlap & Co. Inside the cover is printed the local sales agency, Sole Agency, Hampton Roads Hat Co., Norfolk, VA. Interestingly, this street scene features both a [...]
Source: Hunter-Wills Family Papers (#237) East Carolina Manuscript Collection Staff Person: Dale Sauter Description: Described as “The ‘Eclipse’ on Wheels, this portable steam engine was produced by Frick & Co. of Waynesboro, PA. It is described as “especially adapted for threshing grain, sawing wood and lumber, ginning cotton, and whenever it is necessary to move [...]
Source: William E. Elmore Collection, East Carolina Manuscript Collection #39 Staff Person: Martha Elmore Description: The image below is possibly of Kinchen Wiley Cobb of Greenville, N.C. According to a sketch written by his son Charles D. Cobb, Sr., in the Chronicles of Pitt County North Carolina (1982), Kinchen Cobb became Supervisor of the Greenville [...]