It is Election Day in the United States of America—which also means its election coverage day, too, although there’s no guarantee that will last fewer than twenty-four hours. As you might expect, there are some historically relevant images in the Hugh Morton collection. Two undated Ektachrome copy slides of photographs by an unknown photographer(s) depict the NBC newsroom set during coverage of the 1960 election between Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy. Were these NBC promotional photographs? This is likely a long shot, but does anyone know who the photographer(s) was? David Brinkley was a native of Wilmington, N.C, which is likely why Morton made the copy slides for some unknown reason. Maybe he made them for the “This Is Your Life, David Brinkley” slide presentation on January 7, 1971 mentioned in the book Making a Difference in North Carolina? Over to you, Chet . . . .
An even earlier election-results image likely comes from the 1956 North Carolina gubernatorial campaign. Two WUNC television cameras train their lenses on Luther Hodges. The blackboards make an interesting comparison to the high-tech graphics we will be viewing this evening! Does anyone recognize the location?
And on a concluding note . . . if you haven’t already . . .