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Archive for August, 2009

During the month of August, we uploaded several new towns to North Carolina Postcards: Holly Springs, Wake County Hookerton, Greene County Huntersville, Mecklenburg County Palmyra, Halifax County Rock Branch, Harnett County (later became Olivia) Rockwell, Rowan County Rosemary, Halifax County (later became Roanoke Rapids)

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Did you know: O. Max Gardner, former North Carolina governor, captained both the NC State and UNC football teams during his time in higher education? Gardner played football as an undergrad at State; he continued his athletic pursuits while attending law school at UNC. He is still the only person ever to head both teams; […]

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Caleb Bradham invented a cola containing pepsin in New Bern, 1893, which was originally known as “Brad’s Drink.”  He formerly christened it Pepsi on August 28, 1898.  So have a cold Pepsi and a pack of nabs today while you enjoy these two Pepsi postcards.

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Indera Mills was incorporated in Winston-Salem in 1914. According to the company’s Web site,  founder Francis Henry Fries took the name Indera from “an attractive Indian princess…whom he met while on vacation with his family in Egypt in 1907.” In the beginning, Indera produced knitted slips and vests, union suits, knee warmers, and bathing suits. Today it specializes in thermal underwear. […]

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Rock Branch (Harnett County) was home to a health resort named Eden Colony, which was developed by W.W. Giles. John Hairr provides a brief history of Eden Colony in his book Harnett County, A History. In 1906, Giles bought 1,200 acres of land, divided it into 60 plots on both sides of the railroad tracks […]

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Shape-shifters in Durham. Mobsters in Wilmington. Biker gangs in Wake County. Women on the run in North Carolina mountains. Lots of romance on the coast. Readers of our sister blog, Read North Carolina Novels, know that North Carolina has been the setting for all kinds of fictional tales. Just as the themes and subject matter […]

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“In 1932 the Junior Chamber of Commerce proposed that Raleigh adopt daylight saving time. A hearing was held, supporters attended in force and city commissioners voted unanimously in favor of DST — to take effect only two days later. No other locality south of Baltimore had taken this step.” “State government, however, rejected DST outright. Federal […]

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For the start of a new academic year here’s a look back to a time before Student Central let you register for classes and order textbooks online. This photograph from the 1970s shows students in front of Woollen Gym waiting to register for Fall semester courses. You’ll still need to pick up your books in […]

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Charlotte Hornets

Having grown up in the Piedmont, I know little about Charlotte’s revolutionary history, which is, it seems, rather rich. During the American Revolution, General Cornwallis, experiencing staunch resistance from the citizens of Charlotte during his 1780 southern campaign, complained that the city was “a veritable hornet’s nest of rebellion.” This was publicized by proud Charlotteans, […]

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According to Internet phone directories, the first names Flay, Flake, and Zeb are more numerous in North Carolina than in any other state. More than one quarter of all Zebs in the United States live in North Carolina. Surely many of those Zebs can be traced to Gov. Vance, but what about our disproportionate abundance of Flays […]

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