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A Beautiful Memory from the WPA

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Who was Nancy Blair? RT can tell you from his genealogy research, finding information on women before WWII is the veritable search for a needle in a haystack. The fine image of NB above, along with its accompanying information, gives the question a certain urgency: Nancy Blair was the state supervisor of South Carolina’s WPA Library Project. As such, she was involved in literacy efforts (aimed at improving one of those perennially underperforming statistics in the United States).

RT might call Nancy Blair an unsung hero. Here are a couple of links to more information and images concerning NB’s work: Blazing the Way and Library Project Pictures.

RT sends his heartfelt thanks to the New Deal‘s Work Progress Administration for enabling a noble soul to do noble work.

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PhotoNancy Blair, state supervisor of the South Carolina WPA Library Project, inspecting a model of a bookmobile. Author: WPA, South Carolina. Source: South Carolina State Library, South Carolina Public Library History, 1930 – 1945 collection. WikiCmns; Public Domain.

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  1. April 17, 2014 at 10:01 am

    RT Nancy Blair can call an unsung hero. she was wonderful, thanks to her many inventions that have been attached to the patent, a hardworking woman, intelligent and meticulous.

  2. April 17, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Enjoyed the read. Intrigued about its title. What’s origin of the Rag Tree? 🙂

    • April 17, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      hrj: the rag tree is a folk belief and practice that comes from Ireland and other Celtic cultures. they are trees that have been covered with rags and scraps of clothing; people take a piece of clothing from a sick person (or simply someone who needs help of any kind) and tie it on the tree as a way of helping their recovery. Usually, rag trees grow close by a clootie well, and they are almost always hawthorn trees.

      in ancient times, celts were headhunters. they would take the heads of their enemies and tie them on the branches of trees. when the celts converted to christianity, the practice was forbidden, and over the centuries, the current custom replaced it. RT sees this as a useful illustration of the way that cultures gradually improve and mature. he hopes that many of our current destructive practices will be transformed in this way. RT

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