Browse Collections (14 total)

"Swat That Fly" Campaign

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During the early 20th century, Asheville was a hotbed of medical tourism, and people seeking treatment for tuberculosis would visit to obtain the…

African Americans in Asheville (select)

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Please note most of Borne’s depictions of African Americans are racist caricatures. Borne's cartoons provide a window into institutionalized societal…

Agriculture in Western North Carolina (select)

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Drop your plow, gather up some corn and potatoes, and sit back and enjoy this select set of cartoons on agriculture

Asheville As Person (select)

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A hunter, a debutante, a damsel in distress, or a poker player, check out the many ways Borne personified Asheville.

Asheville Now or Then?

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Are these cartoons from yesterday's paper or one hundred years ago in Asheville? Check out this collection to see how some things never change.

Billy Borne Self-Portraits

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Take a look at how the artist represented himself in this complete set of Borne self-portraits

Election of 1912 (select)

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Explore any presidential race by searching “Election of 1908,” “Election of 1924,” etc. The three-way race in the “Election of 1912” makes this set of…

Entertainment in Asheville (select)

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Take a swim in the Aston Park pool, enjoy some baseball at McCormick Field, catch some vaudeville, or attend the Rhododendron Festival in these…

Motherhood (select)

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It is never easy to be a mother, but that might have been especially true in early 20th century Asheville based on these cartoons.

Prohibition (select)

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Don’t let all of the modern breweries fool you, Asheville voted for city-wide prohibition in 1907, and the state of North Carolina followed suit in…