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Brown's Livery Stable on East Depot Street
Concord, N.C.
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From Harold Jenkins:
I have a confession to make. More than sixty years have passed and the Statute of Limitations has run out and people hopefully are forgiving after so long a time. I now confess that as a young boy I sometimes did things that I shouldn't have done and knowing at the time it was wrong I sometimes even lied a little about it.
Brown's Livery Stable was a prominent fixture on East Depot Street about where The Charter Bank Drive In is now located. And was one of my many temptations. The stable didn't look like much from the outside but we kids loved the smell of leather, hay, horses, manure and other pungent livery stable smells. We would hang out there some during the week but were not really allowed as a lot of business transpired there. Horses were always coming in and out for care. They had to be curried, rubbed down, fed, watered and looked after while in the care of the stable hands. They needed to be ready when the owners came back for them.
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We weren't welcome during business hours, so on Sunday we would sneak in through an open window or door and play in the hay-loft, rub down the horses, feed them hay, just hang out, enjoy the atmosphere and smell of the place. The stable was made of wood with a tin roof and a high loft, filled with hay. A brick veneer front faced Depot Street.
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Our favorite pastime in there though was hanging out in the office. It was always open; there were some straight back chairs around and these wonderful Sunshine and Health magazines that were left around for the customers to read. I have never told this story to anyone before and don't fully understand my motive for telling it now. But, we would spend hours sitting on the floor or in these hard chairs looking through these magazines totally fascinated with the pictures and stories, reading them from cover to cover, over and over again. I frankly never knew that girls looked exactly like the pictures. For the young and uninitiated the S&H magazines was an entire magazine filled with pictures taken at nudist colonies in Florida or California and showed young women and men with no clothes on playing volley-ball or walking on the beach or just sitting around getting an all over sun tan. We memorized every page and just couldn't wait to see the next issue.
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Mr. Brown, if you are still around, I hope you will forgive us for sneaking into your business, unknowing to you, reading your magazines and petting your livestock. I think you will, if you realize how much pleasure and sex education that your stable gave to us boys back then.
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Brown's livery stable is no longer around but it lingers in my mind as I remember those childhood days of manure and leather smells and the other revealing wonders that we enjoyed in there.
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