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Archive for January, 2009

There are quite a few real photo postcards by E.C. Eddy on our North Carolina Postcards website. I was curious to find out more about him, and the only mention I could find was in an edition of the “Images of America” series titled, “Around Southern Pines: A Sandhills Album, Photographs by E.C. Eddy,” by […]

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While processing buttons in the Lew Powell Memorabilia Collection, I came across an interesting group of pins pertaining to war maneuvers. From October through December 1941, approximately one-third of our nation’s army gathered in North and South Carolina to participate in a mock war. They were divided into the Red Army and the Blue Army […]

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Former governor Robert W. Scott died today in Alamance County at the age of 79. You can read more about the story here, but we at NC Miscellany thought that we’d share a few pages from one of the Bob Scott-related items in our collection. The images below come from Bob Scott, [Raleigh, N.C. : […]

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I know that many of you may follow the A View to Hugh blog, which covers the processing of the Hugh Morton photographs here at the North Carolina Collection. If so–or even if not–you might be interested in some of the state’s tourism literature that features Morton’s photographs. This week I found two such examples […]

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This past Wednesday (January 21) former U.S. Congressman Horace Kornegay (North Carolina Sixth Congressional District, 1961-1969) passed away at the age of 84. The image above shows Congressman Kornegay as he prepares to welcome presidential candidate U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy to Greensboro, North Carolina, for a campaign rally on September 17, 1960 (Kornegay is […]

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According to Lew Powell of Charlotte, the “Jesse Can’t Shag” record came with this sticker. The sticker, one of 2698 items in the Lew Powell Memorabilia Collection, is currently on exhibit in the Gallery as part of the “Soapboxes and Tree Stumps: Political Campaigning in North Carolina” exhibition. The exhibition features twelve Helms-related items, including […]

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A recent segment of WRAL’s Tar Heel Traveler recaps the story of a mummy nicknamed “Spaghetti,” that became a bit of an institution in Laurinburg, North Carolina. Spaghetti was the name posthumously given to the mummy of Consetto Formico, a carnival musician murdered in 1911 during the carnival’s visit to nearby McColl, South Carolina, just […]

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Who Are You?

I wonder what is going on in this postcard? At one point (it seems) there were three individuals pictured. However, as you can clearly see (or maybe not), someone has been cut out! We’ve transcribed the message on the back, but it doesn’t shed much light on the situation. Very interesting.

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Jesse Can’t Shag

This fall the Collection received two cartons of miscellaneous printed materials–tourist brochures, political flyers, and the like. In among the brochures was a 45 rpm record entitled “Jesse Can’t Shag.” It was made for the 1984 Helms-Hunt U.S. Senate race. Given the passions that Senator Helms evoked, it’s a surprisingly gentle song. The gist of […]

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If you have an account on Facebook, you can now become a “fan” of the North Carolina Collection. Simply search for “North Carolina Collection” and you’ll find our fan page. We’ve got 12 fans so far, but I’m sure there are more of you out there that would like to join this impressive crowd. I’m […]

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