Wilbur Gaskill


From the very first time I visited the island, Ocracoke has always struck a cord with me. On an excursion to the village in 1978, I was wandering the back roads near Corkey’s Grocery Store. There was an old timer sitting on the porch wittling wooden birds with a pocket knife. I was enthralled with this scene as I approached. A budding photographer, I was a bit timid shooting people, especially if I didn’t know them. I wanted a picture and asked for his permission first. He said okay and I took three or four shots.


It didn’t occur to me at the time that this encounter would never happen again. I have always cherished this photo of him. Wilbur Gaskill passed away two years later.

4 thoughts on “Wilbur Gaskill

  1. Robb

    First time visitor, and it won’t be my last visit. 🙂 Wonderful posts! (I followed a link from Phillp’s page).

  2. Keith

    Great picture. Wilbur was my uncle. Was wondering if this picture and the others you took of him are available for purchase? Also followed link from Phillip’s page.

  3. j0jgvm89bj Post author

    Thank you for your comment. Any of my photographs are available as prints.
    I will contact you again in a private email.
    Many thanks,

  4. Bob Dungan

    Love the story and colors of the old Coke signs and wooden containers. Reminds of when I was a freshman in college. I had taken my fathers car to the garage for an oil change and was waiting out front. The coke driver came out with a stack cases full of empty bottles on a two wheel cart. He then threw a case full of empty bottles on to the top of his truck. Which landed with quite a thud. The second case when over the top of the truck and came crashing down on the pavement on the other side of the truck making quite a mess. That was about forty five years ago. Thanks for bringing back the memory.

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