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Archive for June, 2006

Beach Movies

I found this picture in a railroad schedule from 1925. It’s kind of hard to tell how this worked, but I’m guessing that when it came time to watch the movie, people gathered on the embankment and saw the film to the accompaniment of the crashing waves. Or maybe it was more like a watery […]

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You don’t see the library showing up too often in old student yearbooks, other than dramatically-lit shots of the building or the occasional photograph of students studying (or, sometimes, sleeping) in the stacks. So I was surprised to find an entire page in the 1970 Yackety Yack, the UNC student yearbook, devoted to the library’s […]

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Novello Festival

The Novello Festival of Reading, to be held in Charlotte this October, has just announced an impressive schedule. Amy Tan and Dr. Andrew Weil will be there, along with North Carolina authors Doug Marlette, Margaret Maron, and many others. There is ticket information and a full schedule online at http://www.novellofestival.org/.

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Having a hard time deciding what to make for dinner tonight? Why not give your family and guests a proper spread, such as the one shown here? I found this diagram in The Young Housewife’s Counsellor and Friend, by Mrs. Mary Mason (New York: E.J. Hale & Son, 1875). If any of the avid readers […]

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I just got a sneak peek at the new Encyclopedia of North Carolina, coming out this November from UNC Press. The book looks fantastic, a ready answer to all Tar Heel questions from A to Z, “Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad” to “Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.” The Encyclopedia, edited by William S. Powell, will combine with […]

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Tooth-Jumping

The North Carolina Collection clipping files continue to turn up gems. I just found an article filed under “tooth-jumping.” I thought at first it referred to some primitive sport, and a not very difficult one at that — how hard can it be to jump over a tooth? “Jumping” a tooth, it turns out, was […]

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This Month in North Carolina History On June 6, 1870, Governor William Woods Holden, a Republican from Wake County, issued a five-hundred-dollar reward for the arrest or information leading to the capture of individuals involved in the deaths of John W. “Chicken” Stephens, Wyatt Outlaw, and several other North Carolinians. The proclamation, which also detailed […]

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