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Archive for January, 2009

And the Winner Is …

Something tells me that the new president will not be wearing this outfit at any of the events next Tuesday. Flyers for this fundraiser were posted around Carrboro and Chapel Hill in October. The image is eye-catching and humorous, a nice light touch that contrasted with the many heavy, negative messages that bombarded us at […]

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Election Ephemera Runner-Up

In an earlier posting on political ephemera, I mentioned my preference for homegrown materials. This seed packet fills the bill. It was distributed by the Ronnie Ansley campaign. A co-worker picked this one up at the state fair. Ansley, a Democrat, ran for Commissioner of Agriculture, attempting to unseat the Republican incumbent Steve Troxler. It’s […]

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A Slop Joint?

Take a look at the postcard below. It’s an image of downtown Leaksville (now Eden), North Carolina. It was mailed from Leaksville to Yonkers, New York, in 1941 by someone who was presumably visiting the area. My interest in the card stems from a portion of the sender’s comment on the back: “9/30/41 – Tue […]

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Described by the Dictionary of North Carolina Biography as a “minister, writer, lecturer, lawyer, playwright, producer, director, actor, legislator, and clerk of the federal court for the eastern district of North Carolina,” Thomas Dixon, Jr. was a man of many professions. Born near Shelby, North Carolina, on this day in 1864, Dixon is best known […]

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In honor of today’s inaugural activities and the fact that North Carolina will have its first female governor, North Carolina Miscellany shares a look back at Beverly Perdue’s first elected public office. The page image comes from the 1987-1988 North Carolina Manual.

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My favorite piece of gubernatorial ephemera from the Democratic side of things was this one produced by the State Employees Association of North Carolina: I particularly enjoy it because the image reminds me of some advice I received years ago, “If you want to sell something, use cute pictures of puppies or small children.” Since […]

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Technology!

Frustrated by the exponentially growing amount of Blue Ray Discs on the shelves this past holiday season? Having flashbacks of the depressing death of the VHS tape and the emergence of the DVD? Scared your 2002 Honda Civic just doesn’t make the cut compared to your neighbor’s shiny Hybrid-/Electric-/Hydrogen-/food scrap-powered car?! Then, this postcard is […]

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North Carolina will officially welcome its new governor into office this weekend. In honor of this event I thought I would share a few of my favorite pieces of gubernatorial campaign ephemera from 2008. I’ll post about my favorite Democratic ad tomorrow, but one of my favorites from the Republican end of the spectrum is […]

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Saint John Coltrane

From The Lost Colony to the latest innovation at Research Triangle Park, North Carolina has laid claim to many great literary and technological achievements. For example, a glance at any North Carolina license plate will tell you North Carolina is the birth place of modern aviation. But make a pilgrimage to 1286 Fillmore Street in […]

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In October, we asked our loyal readers to send us the political mailings that were filling their mailboxes, along with buttons, posters, and whatever else the candidates put out. Y’all came through! We received over 700 pieces of campaign ephemera. Thank you. Between now and Inauguration Day, I want to share with you a few […]

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