Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
When conducting research in congressional papers you occasionally find items that make you laugh quite a bit. This is such an example, which was relegated to the "Nut File." There are far more offensive, racist letters in this folder, but this one I thought stood apart since according to the letterhead the author is a dentist. Perhaps he left the valve to the nitrous oxide tank open in his office a few too many times.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
This map (really three pull out maps I've tried...badly...to piece together) is found in the 1955 North Carolina Long-Range Hurricane Rehabilitation Program report. This project would rehabilitate and rebuild the North Carolina coast from Wilmington to Currituck, North Carolina. The NCCD, in conjunction with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and the Federal Civil Defense Administration, filled in inlets, cleared streams and rivers, rebuilt dune lines, and the results of this work resulted in new legislation being passed to safeguard the state's coasts. This was done for several reasons, prominent among them to support and foster the development of the coastal tourism industry, and promote the development of the economy and future industrial development in Eastern North Carolina. Most people would never in a million years think Civil Defense had anything to do with economic development in North Carolina, but through projects such as the North Carolina Committee on Hurricane Rehabilitation, it most certainly did.