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It’s time for another round of “Can you guess this notable figure from their yearbook photo?” featuring images from the North Carolina Yearbooks collection on DigitalNC. Here you go: These two folks have a couple of things in common: both attended, but did not graduate from colleges in North Carolina, but their lack of a […]

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On Blind Tigers

Yesterday’s @ncnewspapers headline, from the Charlotte News in 1911, read “Alleged Blind Tiger Seized.” For those of you unfamiliar with Prohibition-era jargon, the story was not about a sightless jungle animal: a “blind tiger” was another name for a speakeasy, or any place where untaxed liquor (often homemade) was sold. I first ran across the […]

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UPDATED: Kevin is right! Pictured below are the three men vying for the Democratic nomination for Governor: Walter Dalton, Bob Etheridge, and Bill Faison. See the post on the DigitalNC blog for more information and links to the digitized yearbooks. Can anyone tell me what these three young men have in common? I’ll post the […]

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There was an interesting story on WFAE in Charlotte last week about the new survey of the border between North and South Carolina. In an effort to correctly establish the historical border between the Carolinas, surveyors are making adjustments that may change a few addresses from one state to the other, leaving surprised residents faced […]

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From the Southern Pines Pilot, March 19, 1937. I especially like the reference to “Sunday-Go-To-Meetin’ Shoes.”

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UNC Ad from 1907

I found this ad for UNC in a 1907 issue of the Sylvan Valley News, published in Brevard, N.C. We’ve recently added over 400 issues of the paper, ranging from 1900-1911, to the North Carolina Newspapers digital collection. The University has grown just a bit since this ad was posted. There are definitely more than […]

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Chapel Hill Time Capsule?

I found this very interesting “Chapel Hill Letter” in an issue of The Mebane Leader from May 18, 1915. The letter describes a project led by Kemp Plummer Battle to preserve a collection of “articles used in industries in avocations” in 1915 and seal them up in a “hermetically sealed box” to be opened again […]

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Word reached these parts today that workers have begun dismantling the old Washington Mills in Mayodan. The mill’s origins date to 1896 when Colonel Francis Fries and W.C. Ruffin built a dam on the Mayo River in Rockingham County and set up a factory to spin uncolored yarn. The town of Mayodan soon formed around […]

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We’ve been working steadily on the North Carolina City Directories digital project and now have well over 300 volumes online, representing 44 different cities and towns. The collection includes every directory from the North Carolina Collection published prior to 1940, as well as a few from the Durham County Library and Forsyth County Library.

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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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