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Archive for October, 2009

Just in time for Halloween! Found in the stacks … Murgatroyd, Ebenezer, with illustrations by Herb Roth.  Cooking to Kill!  The Poison Cookbook.  Mount Vernon, NY: Peter Pauper Press, ca. 1951. This book is a great source of “comic recipes for the ghoul, cannibal, witch & murderer.”   It also includes inspired illustrations after each recipe. […]

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“[Secretary of War Edwin M.] Stanton had come armed with a plan, drawn up at the President’s request, for bringing the states that had been ‘abroad’ back into what Lincoln… called ‘their proper practical relation with the Union.’  The War Secretary’s notion was that military occupation should precede readmission, and in this connection he proposed that Virginia […]

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I wanted to alert NCM readers to a new blog maintained and updated by Elon University’s Belk Library Archives and Special Collections staff, “Under the Oaks.” Take a look and add it to your feed reader!

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This item was recently used in the North Carolina Collection reading room. I couldn’t help but notice the attached advertisement (which, I suppose, is the point), and I really couldn’t help but notice the service it offered.

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“The [Office of War Information's] propaganda operation even used and defanged Lange’s [Farm Security Administration] work. In one case, a 1939 photograph of a typical, run-down North Carolina country store/filling station with a group of young men goofing off on the porch was transformed into a World War II poster by cropping and superimposing a […]

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During October, we uploaded a few new towns to the North Carolina Postcard collection. Oteen, Buncombe County Pelham, Caswell County Onslow Beach, Onslow County The postcard above depicts a building with a false front that housed the town’s post office and weather signal station in Pelham, Caswell County.

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Covered bridge over Richland Creek, near Moffitt (Randolph County), North Carolina. Copied from an original in the NCC Photographic Archives.

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History On A Stick

The North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program was recently in the news. Read more about it here: N.C.’s roadside history markers generate 600K words. If you have not seen or used the revamped Highway Marker database, I highly recommend checking it out: North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program.

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“In late December 1700, John Lawson and a group of eight Englishmen and Native Americans set off on a 500-mile, two-month trek into the Carolina backcountry. The expedition began in Charles Town and headed north and west as far present-day Hillsborough, North Carolina, and then turned east, ending up in the settlement of Bath on […]

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Just how abusive was Eleanor Roosevelt in her comments on the South? In “Weep No More, My Lady” (Miscellany Sept. 17) W.E. Debnam rendered her as Carry Nation gone radically chic. But the archives of her “My Day” column (http://www.gwu.edu/~erpapers/myday/) reveal a far gentler and more tolerant Mrs. Roosevelt. Three examples from her surprisingly frequent […]

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