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Elizabeth Hull, our colleague processing the Hugh Morton Photographs and Films Collection, just made an exciting announcement. Click here for more details!!!!!!!!

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We often blog about interesting items we find in our collection, but recently an email request sent us looking for an intriguing item which we turned out not to have at all. Published in Davie County, NC, by W. Henry Davis in the early to mid twentieth century, The Hornet advertised itself as “The Hottest […]

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“I was doing research at a Florida library in the papers of a former United States senator. The papers were on microfilm, and I cranked the machine wheel hour after hour to find that apparently every extant document had been faithfully filmed but that they consisted only of tedious transcript records of rivers and harbors legislation. […]

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UPDATE: The people have spoken! We will digitize Sanborn maps from Winston-Salem next. It’s a great set — we’ll include maps from 1885, 1890, 1895, 1900, 1907, 1912, and 1917. The 1917 set is especially rich, covering the whole city and surrounding industrial areas on 112 sheets. Look for these to start appearing soon, with […]

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Grits Forever

Several years ago David Perry and the late Bill Neal published a brief tribute to a great dish: Good Old Grits Cookbook. I don’t make grits much any more. I don’t have time in the morning for slow cooked grits; I don’t much like quick cooked; and I can’t abide instant. Neal and Perry reminded […]

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“The spirit of growth was so pervasive that the motto of Winston-Salem during the early years of the 1900s was ’50-15,’ or 50,000 inhabitants by 1915. That goal was nearly met, for by 1920 the population was 48,375—a 113 percent increase from the population of Winston and Salem in 1910…From about 1915 to 1930, Winston-Salem […]

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Above is a postcard showing Joe Sparrow’s swimming pool, located in Carrboro on Old Pittsboro Road.  There’s a diving platform, and the pool house is visible in the background.  The caption on the back of the card notes that the pool was filled with water from the University reservoir.

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On this day in 1975: Brian Dowling, the former Yale star who inspired the “hit” B.D. character in Garry Trudeau’s “Doonesbury,” started at quarterback in the Charlotte Hornets’ World Football League opener. The Hornets, formerly the struggling New York Stars, fled to Charlotte in the middle of the 1974 season and lasted until the league folded in the middle […]

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In addition to the traditional lighthouses along the North Carolina coast, here are two alternative examples used to keep ships and sailors safe during their night travels: Above is a postcard from ca. 1905-1915 showing children playing on a creek lighthouse located in Southport, Brunswick County.  This lighthouse was likely built in 1849. Below is […]

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The slogan on this button sticks a fork in Rep. Wayne Hays, the once-powerful Ohio Democrat who resigned from Congress in 1976 rather than undergo an Ethics Committee investigation of charges he had put Elizabeth Ray on his payroll to serve as his mistress. Ray, 27 at the time, was born in Marshall in Madison County, North […]

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