Yesterday, I found an old stash of Holiday magazines from the 50’s in the back of a vintage shop. I wasn’t surprised to see more than a dozen stories on the South and Southerners–the magazine’s expressed purpose was to convey the good life, after all–but I was surprised to see how the stories and pictures managed to capture the best of Dixie society in what was undeniably not her finest or most socially conscious hour. William Faulkner paints a verbal and photographic portrait of his Mississippi in the April 1954 issue and Ovid Williams Pierce shows the diversity of North Carolina’s mountain culture (February, 1957). Not only did James Street’s portrait of Atlanta (January 1951) make me crave a Coke like I haven’t in years, it made me want to restore the South’s signature drink to its full and proper name. He refers to it repeatedly as the South’s vin de pays (freetranslation.com tells me this means “country wine”); the least I can do is drop the slang and call it Coca-Cola.
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2010 marks forty-five years since Rosa Parks staged her heroic bus boycott, and 40 years since the founding of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. I came across this image of Bob Dylan playing an impromptu concert for Civil Rights crusaders behind the SNCC’s office in Greenwood, Mississippi, in an out of the way bookshop, and wanted to share it in honor of these historic milestones. Though the group would later become much more radical, at this point, in 1963, it was still a peaceful movement for change and this picture captures that spirit of hopefulness perfectly, I think.