“Do you have Prince Albert in a can?”

The question “Do you have Prince Albert in a Can?” has been the basis for practical jokes since the tobacco product hit the market in 1907. “Prince Albert” tobacco was produced by R.J. Reynolds Company and was their 2nd highest money maker in the 1930s.

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Restoration of Horace Ware Fence Completed

New life has once again been breathed back into the historic Horace Ware Fence in the Columbiana City Cemetery. Back in 1982 the fence was restored by Columbiana Troop 560 Eagle Scouts Todd Nicholson, and Brandon Blankenship.  Fast forward to 2016, and a new generation of scouts from Troop 560 has stepped forward to revive the local landmark. Continue reading “Restoration of Horace Ware Fence Completed”

Medicine in the Good Ole’ Days

Fig Flavored Ex-Lax.  Citrate of Magnesia. Cream of Tartar lozenges.  Medicine has come a long way since the time you could find these remedies on the shelf of your local drug store.

The Shelby County Museum & Archives has a great collection of vintage medicine bottles and treatments.  Some claim to cure rheumatism.  Others promise relief to ailments we don’t wish to discuss! Continue reading “Medicine in the Good Ole’ Days”

Welcome to the Shelby County Museum & Archives

Just a short drive from Birmingham, the Shelby County Museum & Archives is located in the Old Shelby County Courthouse in the charming town of Columbiana, AL.   Built in 1854, the Old Shelby County Court House is a distinctive example of Jeffersonian Architecture and was designated a historic landmark in 1974 by the National Register of Historic Places. Within the walls of the courthouse, a world of information and artifacts has been meticulously preserved. Continue reading “Welcome to the Shelby County Museum & Archives”