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“[1930s pop star Rudy Vallee] leaped from the stage of the Twin City Club in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, after he spied someone hitting on his girlfriend, administered a beating, and then climbed atop the bar to accept the crowd’s plaudits. Host R.J. Reynolds Jr., the tobacco scion, kept it out of the papers.” – From “You […]

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A quick quiz for Miscellany mavens: Which two of North Carolina’s 100 counties share their names with a college in Swannanoa? Which two with a college in Ashland, Va.? With a college in Lexington, Va.? With the two largest cities in a Midwestern state? With a prominent North Carolina evangelist? Update: Nice tries from Sunday […]

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These real photo postcards from ca. 1905-1915 show two views of the  Atlantic Hotel in Morehead City, NC.  The exterior is shown above, and below … the dance hall! You can view other postcards of the Atlantic Hotel here.

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Several new titles just added to “What’s New in the North Carolina Collection?” To see the full list simply click on the link in this entry or click on the “What’s New in the North Carolina Collection?” link under the heading “Pages” in the right column. As always, full citations for all the new titles […]

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In 1868 a Wisconsin farmer and former Union army sergeant, Gilbert H. Bates, acting on a bet, set out to demonstrate that ”the Southern people had resumed their affection for the flag and the Union.” Carrying a large American flag, Bates walked from Vicksburg, Miss., to Washington — alone, unarmed and dependent on the good will of his former […]

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The possibility of using wind energy is being discussed in many circles around North Carolina. Here’s an image copied from a print in the North Carolina Collection to prove that it isn’t necessarily a recent idea. The image (P1-48-L19-M44, 84-57) is inscribed “Early and late method of grinding corn in Hyde Co. N.C. Mill on […]

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“College boys. Great audience. Gave me the college yell.” – Harry Houdini, writing a friend after a 1924 performance in Chapel Hill (as quoted in “Houdini!!! The Career of Erich Weiss” [1996] by Kenneth Silverman)

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From an original print in the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives (P1-45-B328-F62; 83-503). The caption reads: “Bat Cave. Note well standing 15 feet above ground.”

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We’ve recently uploaded several real photograph postcards taken by Frederick “Frank” Marchant (1872-1942), who took documentary-style photographs of the area around Hamlet and Rockingham. Marchant was born in Pennsylvania and moved to Hamlet, North Carolina in the early 1900s, where he was originally employed by the Seaboard Air Line Railway.  Massengill suggests that Marchant was […]

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On this day in 1987 gospel singer Shirley Caesar, five-time Grammy winner, was sworn in as a member of Durham’s city council. Caesar chose not to run for reelection, citing her duties as pastor of Mount Calvary Church in Raleigh. She has since won six more Grammys.

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