Friday, November 2, 2012

Old Shack



Today's picture shows a Black Family in front of their cabin. It looks to be a log-style cabin, but the roof appears to be in very bad shape. I think one good wind, and the roof would be gone. The picture was taken in 1914 near Sothern Pines, North Carolina.

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  1. Walls look great, but lean a fair amount. But I wouldn't give you two cents for that roof, they must have had a thousand leaks in/on it.
    Needed to repair the roof so much, they did't take the ladder down.

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  2. That roof is worse than those adobe bricks you posted.

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  3. And I'm willing to bet they all lived in that tiny house. Such was life for Blacks in America (not only in the south) for a long, long time. And yet, other than the little boy on the far right, they are all dressed in neat, clean clothes, and took pride in their appearance.

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  4. Looking at the way the house is leaning I'd be more frightened that the whole place would come down on me in a stiff wind. I checked out Southern Pines, NC on the net. It looks like a great little town, very pretty. Good Climate, good fishing, what else do you need?

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  5. I think for that time period (less that 50 yrs out of the Civil War) that family was thrilled to have that house, leaky roof and all. Love the kneeling boy with the puppy and I can't figure out whats hanging from the front porch. maybe a wild turkey or a bushel of wheat?

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  6. Hope I don't bore anyone with a little history but I like history! Early settlers to Southern Pines were the Highland Scotts. It looks like at first there were 2 townships. East Southern Pines and West Southern Pines. The West was among the first incorporated African American towns in NC. So the house and the folks in the picture were most likely in what was then known as West Southern Pines. East and West merged in 1931 making for what looks like on their website as a very nice little town. Have a good weekend and all the best to my neighbors in NY,NJ, and the rest affected by Sandy.

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  7. I am guessing that they are dressed up for this picture. Which is not to say that the did not take pride in their appearance, but that most likely they all worked hard in jobs that required getting dirty, just to survive. I am also guessing that the boy with the holes in his clothes is the lucky recipient of hand me downs which probably will be mended again and used for that baby when it is older. In those days, nothing went to waste!

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  8. Those are slab used as shingles. It was common in my area for putting a quick roof on small buildings like chicken coops as late as in the 1950's. Rails between the gables, and shingle direct onto the rails. first layer rounds down, second layer round up.

    Note the new lighter coloured slabs. Patching is under way.

    That is 50 years after the blacks went from fed slaves to starving free people who no one would hire or help. 40 acres of swamp or rock, and a retired army mule. Great life folks.

    Note the big kettle, about the right size for scalding hogs.

    Small logs in the cabin. The one I grew up in was 6 logs high, below the eaves, for about a 9 ft wall.

    This one looks like rocks for foundation/ground contact. It must have a wood floor.

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  9. The whole cabin is rather lopsided.
    The people do look neat and clean and hard working.

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  10. Tobacco drying under the (very) overhanging roof to the right?
    All in serviceable coats and shoes! Relatively prosperous, I suppose.

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  11. You know, I am wondering if this might actually be a tobacco barn, rather than a home. There are no windows, you can see straight through from the front door to the back, and that's a mighty bid hole around the chimney, which anybody who lived there would fix - pronto!

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  12. This picture warms my heart. I mean, even though their house looks like this, their family is still intact. @ Lady Anne: It seems like home to me. If you take a look closely, it seems like they cook their food at the right side area of the picture. And the roof seems like it was fixed over and over again, that's why it looked like a stack of wood on their roof.

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