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Archive for February, 2009

This past month, we’ve added images from several new towns to the North Carolina Postcards online collection.  New towns include: Micro, Johnston County Jonesboro, Lee County Ruffin, Rockingham County King, Stokes County Fuquay-Varina, Wake County Elm City, Wilson County My favorite new town name is that of Micro – according to Powell’s North Carolina Gazetteer […]

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Yesterday’s newspaper article about Venus Flytraps reminded me of how much I was fascinated by the plant as a child. I mean, what isn’t fascinating about a plant that eats flies? The article also piqued my interest on what resources the North Carolina Collection had on this carnivorous plant. In case you’re wondering, I’ll list […]

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Where the Heel?, Part XI

I know that you’ve been waiting for it, so here it is: the 4th slogan-based “Where the Heel?” Take a look at the image below. The name of the location has been removed, but do you know where the “Crossroads of Tomorrow” is (or was) located? I think that a number of North Carolina locations […]

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Check out this recently uploaded postcard depicting the Hotel Carolina in Raleigh at night.  The style of the card suggests that it was printed sometime between 1915 and 1930, and the spot light coming off the roof of the building adds a fitting touch to this thoroughly modern hotel.  Does anyone remember seeing the beacon?

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We recently uploaded the above postcard to the North Carolina Postcards website.  The card is titled, “Start of Hunt, Goosewing Club, Manteo, N.C.,” and shows a partial view of a hunting lodge and two men on a cart getting ready to head out for the day’s hunt.  This is the only image of the Goosewing […]

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Rowan County’s Natural Walls

Discovered in Rowan County in 1794, these naturally occurring geological formations were at one point thought to be man-made. The “walls,” which are in a straight line, seem to be “made of stones carefully cut into blocks, fitted and held together by mortar of various colors” (Powell’s Encyclopedia of North Carolina). During the late 18th […]

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Where the Heel?, Part X

I’m hoping this week’s “Where the Heel?” will be a little easier than last week’s, but still challenging enough that you have to think about it for a bit. Take a look at the slogan below and see if you know to where it is referring. As always, leave your guess as a comment.

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Flirtatious Postcards

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day I thought I would share a few of our more flirtatious postcards.  These cards present humorous images of couples as well as some fairly witty innuendos, but none of the cards carry any amorous messages written on the backs of the cards!  Instead, the messages give updates on the […]

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Was Abraham Lincoln A Tar Heel?

Yes, we have already discussed this topic on the blog (see: Abe Lincoln’s Carolina Roots), but in honor of Honest Abe’s birthday we are doing it again. Plus, a colleague at the NC Office of Archives and History has written an article on Lincoln’s North Carolina connections. You can read it at: Was Abraham Lincoln […]

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Krispy Kreme Challenge

This past weekend I attended the Krispy Kreme Challenge, an event in Raleigh which has become an extremely popular tradition in a very short time. Founded by NCSU students in 2004, the race had 12 runners the first year. This year there were 5,519! The Challenge can be summed up as this: “Run. Eat doughnuts. […]

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