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Archive for December, 2009

We haven’t done a “Where In The Heel?” is quite some time. So… Here’s a town seal I noticed as I was shelving recently. Any guess as to what town this is?

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Death noted: David Levine, incomparable caricaturist for The New York Review of Books, at age 83 in New York. Levine was a personal hero of mine, especially for his work during the Watergate and Vietnam War eras — he may be most widely remembered for depicting LBJ pulling up his shirt to reveal a gallbladder scar […]

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“Christine [a student in Hofstra professor Douglas Brinkley's experimental six-week cross-country history class] was disheartened. It wasn’t just Cherokee’s Santa Land, where in some weird equivalence Geronimo and Kris Kringle both hand out lollipops to the kids; or the collared black bear cubs in the pits behind Saunooke’s Trading Post, or the FIVE DOLLARS TO MEET A […]

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During the month of December, we added just one new town to our North Carolina Postcards digital collection: Skyland, Buncombe County The real photo postcard above shows a hotel located at mountain spring in Buncombe County, was was photographed by Herbert W. Pelton ca. 1903.  Pelton later collaborated with NC Photographer George Masa in the […]

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“Until developments of the 1830s [such as the rise of the mercantile economy] elevated the importance of clock time in the South, foreign travelers … from wage-labor, industrializing regions tended to transmute, quite wrongly, Southerners’ [attachment] to nonclock time into a cultural and social quirk, which they usually labeled as lazy. “German itinerant Johann David Schoepf certainly interpreted the practices […]

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Found in the Stacks:  Leather-bound book, Christmas Verse, collected and printed by the Walton brothers.  Contains Christmas poems, illustrations, and what appears to be several pages of hand-made papers.  This slim volume was printed at the Sunnyside Press in Monroe, N.C.  For more information, view the item’s catalog record.

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“One of the stock stories about Louis… is apocryphal — that a young black man on death row in North Carolina cried out, ‘Save me, Joe Louis! Save me, Joe Louis!’ as he was asphyxiated. ” ‘Not God, not government, not charitably-minded white men, but a Negro who was the world’s most expert fighter, in this […]

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Just in case you have already opened all your presents and eaten all the turkey, here’s a neat link to follow: http://search.lib.unc.edu/search?Ntt=christmas&Ntk=Keyword&N=206510&Nty=1 I searched for the keyword “Christmas” in the UNC Library’s online catalog, and I narrowed the results to just those items that appear in the North Carolina Collection. We have several very interesting […]

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In their heyday Christmas Clubs, a creation of the Depression, lured bank customers with a disciplined way to save for holiday shopping. They paid little or no interest, but if you were lucky you might come away with a nifty premium such as this pinback button from a now-defunct bank in Burlington. Although Christmas Clubs still exist, […]

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Starting on January 4, 2010, all special collections reading rooms (NCC, RBC, SHC/SFC/UA) in Wilson Library will follow this schedule: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For a list of dates that the reading rooms will be closed for University holidays, please see: […]

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