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Archive for January, 2012

State Nicknames and Pigs

The excellent Strange Maps blog alerted me to this very odd 1884 map showing the nicknames of the states as demonstrated by cartoon pigs. The map was published by an Illinois company that manufactured “hog ringers.” North Carolina’s nickname is not a surprise, and the illustration is pretty tame. The original map is in the […]

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On this day in 1958: Lumbee Indians, upset about two recent cross-burnings near their homes, break up a Ku Klux Klan rally in Robeson County. Klan leader James “Catfish” Cole planned to speak on “Why I Am for Segregation,” but the program is cut short by gunfire, firecrackers and teargas grenades thrown by sheriff’s deputies. […]

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Article 14, Section 8 was adopted during the Constitutional Convention of 1875. The amendment, outlawing interracial marriage, remained a part of the North Carolina Constitution until 1971, when a new state constitution was adopted. In 1977 the General Assembly passed a law validating all interracial marriages that occurred prior to March 24, 1977, the date […]

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“In the South, [Phyllis Schlafly's] STOP ERA was staffed by the Church of Christ and Southern Baptists, as well as smaller fundamentalist and independent Baptist churches. “Interestingly…. North Carolina’s population was 23 percent Baptist and 0.2 percent Church of Christ, yet the latter actually outnumbered the former in anti-ERA organizations, 45 to 36 percent.” – […]

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A colleague recently pointed out the following site: North Carolina License Plates, 1969-Present Which caused another colleague to point out this: Rick Kretschmer’s License Plate Archives: North Carolina License Plate Index For a person (me) who used to kill time during family car trips by cataloging the various license plates, these pages are a time […]

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Reminders of North Carolina’s agricultural roots are spread throughout the North Carolina Collection. One such example serves as the Gallery’s Artifact of the Month for January. A donor recently brought over several bags for different meal products from various mills across the state, and we have selected a few to highlight. This 11.5” x 4.5” […]

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This appreciation of  “The Greatest Paper Map of the United States You’ll Ever See… Made by One Guy in Oregon”  ….. spurred me to request the image above [click to enlarge] from cartographer David Imus. Handsome, eh? My favorite touch: “(Mayberry)” “When I started working on North Carolina,” Imus recalled, “I didn’t fully appreciate what […]

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What caught my eye on the 1935 front page of The Pilot of Southern Pines — thank you, NC Digital Heritage Center — was this headline: YEGGS CRACK SAFE IN POSTOFFICE AT HEMP, GET LITTLE Yeggs? Hemp? The Google Ngram Viewer charts the abrupt rise and fall of yegg as slang for safecracker or burglar. […]

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A person about to open a dram shop asked another what he should put on his sign. “Beggars made here” was the reply. Two men happening to jostle each other in the streets. Says one,”I never permit a blackguard to take the wall.” “I do,” said the other, and instantly made way. From Henderson’s Almanack […]

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On this day in 1964: A report by U.S. surgeon general Luther Terry marshals evidence that smoking causes cancer and other diseases, effectively sending North Carolina’s tobacco industry into a long, slow slide.  

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