Category Archives: Mississippi

The Mid-Century South

Old-time fun at the Varsity in Atlanta. Story by James Street, Photos by Lois and Joe Steinmetz.

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 ( tells me this means “country wine”); the least I can do is drop the slang and call it Coca-Cola.

Bare ankles and loafers on Georgia Tech's campus. Take that, Take Ivy.

A gaggle of teenagers enjoying a good, old-fashioned Coke party. (Steinmetz)

Arriving for a gathering at Bolling Jones. (Steinmetz)

Casual summer pool party? Check. Regulation-size climbing raft? Check.

A slightly terrifying yet efficient way to view the Blue Ridge Mountains.

New Hipster Profession Alert: Aristan Broommaker. Cherokee mentor and well-worn overalls not included.

A Bauhaus-inspired bathhouse in Cape Hatteras, NC. Eat your heart out, Marfa.

Nothing says Texas oil money like a red gingham table cloth. (February 1957)

A vintage sorority belle at Old South? No, Silly! It's the annual Natchez Pilgrimage.

When Carroll Baker starred in Tennessee Williams' film, Baby Doll, Holiday's movie critic called her "the hottest thing South of the Mason-Monroe line." Bam!



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Fall in New York

I can’t think of a better way to pass an autumn Saturday in New York–especially when that Saturday happens to be Halloween Eve–than to stroll over to some friends’ apartment to watch a noon football game, taking in the changing leaves along the way; win said game; carve two huge pumpkins; consume copious amounts of ham delights; and then when bellies were full and thoughts sufficiently fuzzied, begin the process over again by strolling over to yet another friend’s apartment for a dinner of Shrimp and Grits (made from a soiled (read: well-loved) City Grocery recipe) followed by an assorted cookies dessert. Me like cookies.

City Grocery Shrimp and Grits

Two Mercedes sitting under a tree . . .

If only digital pictures came in a scratch and sniff format. .sml perhaps?

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Bob Dylan: Civil Rights Hero

From: "Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement" by Danny Lyon

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.

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More Southerners in the New York Times

Virginia’s unofficial state decorator Charlotte Moss offers tips on spring entertaining while Sam Sifton touts the John T. Edge–edited Oxford American Southern Food 2010 issue here.

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