From The Rotator, base newspaper for the Overseas Replacement Depot in Greensboro, December 21, 1945:
The issue of The Pilot published on this day in 1935 has an odd but interesting headline on the front page: “Santa Claus Explains His Position Regarding Cigarette Smoking.”
Apparently Santa wanted to clarify that he does not endorse any specific brand of cigarettes (perhaps some advertisements were suggesting otherwise) and that he “does not approve of smoking by mothers or anyone every expecting to become a mother nor should a boy girl smoke before they are privileged to vote.”
As to his own habits, Santa said that he smokes pipes (clay in winter, corncob in summer), primarily because “cigars and cigarettes interfere with proper driving of Dunder, Blitzen and my other reindeer.”
Early newspapers from Charlotte and Mebane have just been added to the North Carolina Newspapers collection.
The Catawba Journal
(1824-1828) and the Miners’ and Farmers’ Journal
(1830-1835) document the growing town of Charlotte in the early 19th century. Both were nominated for digitization by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.
The Mebane Leader
(1911-1914) covers the town of Mebane and neighboring communities in Orange and Alamance Counties. It was nominated for digitization by Alamance County Public Libraries.
Twenty-seven student yearbooks, dating from 1968 to 1994, from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College are now available online at DigitalNC.org. In addition to the yearbooks, a collection of newspaper clippings documenting the history of the college are also now online.