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Archive for January, 2010

We recently found a real photo postcard of Highlands, NC with its negative housed in the same sleeve.  And in the same box, we found a hand-colored postcard of the same image.  We decided to share these different elements on the blog so that faithful readers of NC Miscellany could see a little more about […]

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“Flue-curing [a process accidentally invented by Stephen, a slave in Caswell County in 1839] turned tobacco a bright ‘lemon yellow.’ Many commented on the mildness of this tobacco and its particular  suitability for cigarettes. But what they could not have known is that this process also subtly changed the chemistry of the leaf to make […]

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Due to the possibility of inclement weather, we are going to be closed on Saturday and Sunday, January 30 and 31.

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On this day in 1968: The all-time highest-rated episode of “The Andy Griffith Show” airs, during the last of the show’s eight prime-time seasons. In “Barney Hosts a Summit Meeting,” former costar Don Knotts returns for a guest appearance as Barney Fife. Hoping to help his ex-deputy impress superiors at the Raleigh Police Department, Andy […]

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“The [1890s] laws that took the vote away from blacks — poll taxes, literacy tests, property qualifications — also often ensured that poor whites would not vote…. “The Charlotte Observer saw disenfranchisement as ‘the struggle of the white people of North Carolina to rid themselves of the dangers of the rule of negroes and the […]

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George Moses Horton, Redux

We’ve been discussing which North Carolianians would be good candidates for appearing on a NC-centric Mount Rushmore, and George Moses Horton has come up.  There’s a lot of online resources here at UNC about his life and poems, including: Slavery and the Making of the University, George Moses Horton An online exhibit from the Southern […]

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On this day in 1986 seven astronauts, including Beaufort (N.C.) native Mike Smith and N.C. A&T alumnus (and Lake City, S.C., native) Ron McNair,were killed when the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after lift-off.

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For the past year or so, NC Collection staff members have been participating in a “staff picks” display. We come up with a topic or theme, and then we pick items from the NC Collection that fit. For example, we’ve had displays of our favorite fall festivals, summer-related books, and “what’s the connection to the […]

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Several postcards and a few pamphlets/books here in the NCC were printed by the Barber Printing & Stationery Co. in Winston-Salem, NC.  I’m not sure exactly when it was founded, but it appears in the 1910 city directory for Winston-Salem. I wasn’t able to find out much about their business other than they were a […]

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Death noted: Actor Pernell Roberts, 81, whose TV credits included “Trapper John, M.D.” (1979-1986), a character based on Greensboro physician John Lyday. While serving in the 8055th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in Korea, Lyday worked with another surgeon, Dick Hornberger, who under the pen name Richard Hooker wrote a novel that became the basis for […]

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