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– The Asheville Citizen-Times offers a nicely done page of local historical photos. A 1943 shot raises the question: Might there also have been a Colored Transportation Co., or was that purpose adequately served by the back of the White Transportation bus? — Also in the Citizen-Times: lots and lots of coverage of May Day […]

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“Dennis Hopper spent several years in Wilmington after filming ‘Blue Velvet’ (1986). He was largely responsible for the restoration of the Masonic Temple building at 17-21 N. Front St., Wilmington — now home to the City Stage theater — and he directed the 1994 feature ‘Chasers’ here…. Hopper hasn’t visited in a few years, but […]

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During the month of May, we uploaded quite a few new towns to the North Carolina Postcards digital collection.  Be sure to check them out below: Dixonville, Wayne County Fremont, Wayne County LaGrange, Lenoir County Lake Phelps (aka Lake Scuppernong), in Washington and Tyrrell Counties Salvo, Dare County Sharpsburg, in Edgecombe, Nash, and Wilson Counties […]

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“If [George Washington Hill, president of American Tobacco, 1925-1946]  did not invent the hard sell, he nonetheless drove it to new heights. Selling Lucky Strikes became his obsession. Packages dangled on strings in the windows of his Rolls Royce, which had the Lucky Strike logo emblazoned on its taillights. Hill named his pet dachshunds Lucky […]

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As a quick addition to my post and Lew Powell’s comment, here is the cover page from volume 1, number 1 of The Uplift. Students at the training school worked in several industries, including a print shop, which produced The Uplift. Click on the following link to see the library catalog record for this title: […]

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Caption: “Corn cultivation at Jackson Training School at Concord” 79-639 Copied from original owned by J. Lee Pharr of Concord. From the files of the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives. To read more about the Jackson Training School, see the following description at the State of North Carolina’s Highway Historical Marker page: STONEWALL JACKSON TRAINING […]

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“As a young boy, Ed Wyatt had been one of the hundreds of thousands who faithfully followed [silent-movie star] Fred Thomson and his horse Silver King, and Ed waited for Fred to be given what he considered his proper place in film history. At the age of 65, Ed finally tired of waiting and personally […]

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“Most of the community events in my home town of Rutherfordton are inexplicably saddled with ’50s themes. All the men put grease in their hair, all the women wear poodle skirts — in case you’re wondering, those are long, poofy skirts made out of small French dogs; the barking at the sock hop is extraordinary […]

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Death noted: Math polymath Martin Gardner, who spent 23 years of his semiretirement in Hendersonville, at age 95 in Norman, Okla. Gardner wrote scores of such popularizing works as “Calculus Made Easy” but may be best remembered for his columns in Scientific American and the Skeptical Inquirer. He avoided public appearances out of both shyness […]

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“The first thing I saw in North Carolina was a sign outside a group of bungalows, ‘Motor Court — Morally Pure.’ “ – “Inside America” (1947) by John Gunther

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