The New Bern Historical Society is dedicated to sharing the rich history of New Bern, NC and has been doing so since 1923. The Historical Society offices are located in the Attmore-Oliver House, c. 1790, in New Bern’s historic district. In addition to offices there is a Civil War display and room installations reflecting life in the mid-19th century. Beautiful historic gardens are located behind the house. The New Bern Historical Society also owns and stewards 30+ acres of the Battle of New Bern’s Civil War battlefield. The New Bern Battlefield Park is located near James City just off of Highway 70 East.
It is Wednesday, so "What is in the Attic with Jim"?
Jim continues to go through our multitude of photos, ephemera etc. He came across these photos of South Front Street. Don't you love the old cars? We zoomed in on the Dairy Lunch with the slogan "eat while you wait". So was it some type of dairy where you could pick up fresh milk but have some lunch while you waited? So far we have not been able to locate this establishment in any business directories but we will keep looking. Anyone have any knowledge of this business? The sign in the window to the left says Hav-A-Tampa. It looks like this is part of the Dairy Lunch business. For those of you who do not know anything about these cigars, here is some history below:
" When Hav-A-Tampa opened more than 100 years ago, Tampa was known as Cigar City.
"For a long time, because of the word Tampa being in the name of the company, they were synonymous not only with cigars but Tampa-made cigars," said Rodney Kite-Powell, curator at the Tampa Bay History Center.
"They were one of the few companies started early on that was owned by American-born businessmen, and they also were one of the first companies to bring machines into the factories,'' he said. "That kind of revolutionized the business for good or for bad, depending on who you ask."
The company, also the makers of Tampa Nugget, Tampa Sweet and Phillies cigars, was locally owned until 1997, when Tabacalera of Madrid, Spain's largest tobacco company, bought it.
Two years later, Tabacalera merged with a French tobacco giant to form Altadis S.A." (info taken from the Tampa Bay Times, June 23, 2009)
So milk, lunch and cigars....
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