Friday, May 8, 2020

Old Photographs - Part Two

Time travel for the self-isolated

New Bern High School football team, 1921, posed in front of the Masonic Theater on Hancock Street. Team coach Graham A. Barden is standing in the back row, second from left. Barden would later serve as a United States congressman from 1935-1961.

by John B. Green III

Continuing our time travel, we today examine photographs from the collection of Mrs. Mary Bray Mullineaux, native New Bernian and centenarian, who died on November 19, 2000, aged 100 years, three months, and four days.  Mrs. Mullineaux was a great lady who saved some wonderful photographs.

Prize-winning float from the opening day parade of the New Bern Fair, October 16, 1917, photographed along the 200 block of Craven Street. Sponsored by the National Bank of New Bern, the float advertised the sale of Liberty Loan bonds and featured Uncle Sam, Lady Liberty, and a "doughboy."

New Bern Elks Lodge drum corps posed in front of the J.B. Blades House, 300 block Broad Street, south side, c.1917. The Elks drum corps was organized in January 1917 and existed at least through 1921.

New Bern Bears baseball team of the old Coastal Plain League, c. 1940. The Bears, like the league, played from 1937 to 1941, disbanded for the war years, and reorganized and played again from 1946-1952.

North Carolina Governor O. Max Gardner (tallest gentleman at top of steps) and other dignitaries, posed on the porch of the E.K. Bishop home (Coor-Bishop House), northwest corner East Front and New streets, during the 1929 New Bern  historical pageant.