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Archive for July, 2007

I wasn’t surprised to see that Wildlife in North Carolina was named the best state wildlife magazine in the country by the Association for Conservation Information. The magazine, published monthly by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, is an engaging and helpful journal for everyone who enjoys life outside, whether you’re there to enjoy the […]

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Bananas?

This postcard from Southern Pines in 1910 shows “Mr. and Mrs. J.N. Powell among their bananas.” Bananas? I realize that there has been significant climate change over the past century, but I don’t believe that it was ever possible to cultivate tropical fruit in North Carolina. Even when I zoom in I can’t see anything […]

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A Dip in the “Cool Pool”

I don’t know about where you are, but here in Chapel Hill it’s hot. With a forecast high of 97 degrees and a heat index of around 105 degrees, I was trying to think of something “cool” to do this afternoon. If I were in Tarboro in the 1930s, I definitely know what I would […]

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Library Journal is a semi-monthly magazines aimed at librarians. I read it regularly because it’s a good source of book reviews and news on forthcoming books. Like a number of other reviewing sources, Library Journal uses a star to draw the reader’s attention to a book that is particularly good. The July 2007 issue contained […]

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The Peak of Good Living

Here at the North Carolina Collection we love talking and writing about North Carolina superlatives. Yesterday I noticed one that hit close to home–real close to home. The town in which I live, Apex, North Carolina, was named by Money Magazine as the 14th best place to live in the United States, garnering the highest […]

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Many of us look back on our college years through rose-colored glasses. College yearbooks have encouraged this nostalgia with beautiful images of campus scenes and buildings and formal portraits of us and our friends looking happy and exceptionally well groomed. The 1932 edition of The White Heather, by the seniors of Flora Macdonald College, takes […]

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Three North Carolina towns have made it into the top 100 “Harry-est” towns in the country. This promotion run by Amazon.com tracks the towns that, on a per-capita basis, are pre-ordering the most copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Morrisville comes in at number 59, Hillsborough is 66, and Hendersonville is number 85. […]

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Farm Fresh

I found this picture in a late 1940s publication of The Dairy Foundation of North Carolina. The caption reads, “Streamline Production, Distribution, Consumption.”

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Health Clothing

In the 1920s and 1930s, Biltmore Industries in Asheville was well-known around the country for its traditional “homespun” wool cloth, which was woven by hand and known to have been worn by Presidents Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt. I’m sure the natural cloth was comfortable and stylish, but apparently it was healthy, too. I […]

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Dr. Brinkley

Long before there was Viagra and Cialis there was Dr. Brinkley. John Romulus Brinkely was born 122 years ago this month in Beta, North Carolina. He was not the first and certainly won’t be the last to make a fortune by promising to restore virility in men, but he might have been the most colorful. […]

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