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Archive for October, 2008

Many things have been written about the Republican Party’s rise to power in the South during the last half of the 20th century. Well, I’m not going to recap or dissect all of the theories here, but I will share with you some of the political ephemera we’ve collected in an attempt to document this […]

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Uncle Sam Ervin Fan Club

This image comes from an order form for “Official National Sam Ervin Fan Club Paraphernalia,” published by the National Sam Ervin Fan Club (headquartered in Stanford, California?). The fan club offered t-shirts, posters, buttons, and even a free membership card for “fans of ‘Uncle Sam,’ Watergate-watchers, collectors of political memorabilia, and other patriotic Americans.” For […]

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The Price Is What?

Seemingly a simple street view of Henderson, NC, this postcard was mailed to New York City in 1958 bearing one Hendersonian’s guess for The Price is Right’s Home Showcase contest. Thinking about consumer society and the explosion of mass-marketed home appliances and electronics during the 1950s, I’d be curious to know what item she was […]

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Read Harry McKown’s most recent “This Month in North Carolina History,” which discusses the Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919 and its effect on North Carolina.

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This Month in North Carolina History On October 3, 1918, Governor Thomas Bickett issued the first order in North Carolina’s battle with an enemy which would prove more deadly to the state than the soldiers of the Central Powers against whom troops from North Carolina were fighting thousands of miles away in Europe. A hitherto […]

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