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America loves the yo-yo

West Virginia entrepreneur Donald F. Duncan (1892-1971) had never heard of the yo-yo until 1928, when he encountered Pedro Flores on a business trip to California. Earlier that same decade, Flores had immigrated to America from the Philippines, and initially worked as a bellhop at a Santa Monica hotel. Carving and playing with wooden yo-yos […]

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A day in the life of Pulaski County VA

The Southwest Times “serving Southwest Virginia since 1906” Friday, April 20, 1928 F. A. Seagle was called to Marion today in connection with the undertaking department of Seagle Bros. ——- Howard C. Gilmer left yesterday evening for New York on a profesional trip, expecting to be away for several days. ——- A communications from Commonwealth’s […]

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I wish I had never heard of Tennessee

“Religious leaders have always had a very powerful influence in Wales,” says Alan Conway in The Welsh in America: Letters from Immigrants. “In the early years of the nineteenth century they had not been in favor of emigration as the means for curing the ills that beset the Welsh, but eventually they came down heavily […]

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See what a break that was? We got the 40 hour week

In 1924, when I was 16 years old, I started workin’ at the Appalachian Mill as a cone winder operator. Now on that machine, that was a long machine, it had about 50 spindles on it and I was windin’ threads from a cone up to a spool. There wasn’t a clock in the room. […]

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