Historic treasure of the month

Published 11:35 am Wednesday, February 16, 2011

This desk is similar to that of the original owner/editor of the Tryon Daily Bulletin, Seth Vining Sr. It once belonged to a famous sportswriter and was donated to the Polk County Museum by his wife. Vining’s desk was famous as a “marvel of efficiency.” Would you like to know how the dangling strings contributed to this efficiency? Does the large black object beside the desk peak your curiosity? What is the framed document on the wall? Then there is that overturned Coca Cola case on the floor. How could it possibly contribute to Mr. Vining’s “marvel of efficiency?” Visit the Polk County Museum and inspect these artifacts. You will also discover details about the Tryon Daily Bulletin’s history. The museum is located at 60 Walker Street in Columbus. Hours are Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Garland Goodwin re-created Mr. Vining’s “marvel of efficiency” by relying on memories of his youth. Goodwin is a past president of the Historical Association who worked as a “printer’s devil” during the early years of the Bulletin. (photo submitted)

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