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– Captured battle flags returning to N.C. coast  (and not everybody is happy about it). – Tidbits of Tar Heelia tucked in David McCullough’s latest. – For Colored Agricultural Fair, “The whole city participated, just like Bele Chere.” – Nitrate negatives yield a (slow-loading) gallery of “Old Wilmington Mystery Photos.” – Who would steal Mitch […]

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“Thomas Wolfe, the novelist, has just taken an apartment at 865 First Avenue….Going down in the elevator the other morning, he was joined by a lady with a big police dog. The dog took an immediate liking to Mr. Wolfe, and began jumping up on him, and kissing him. Mr. Wolfe, who is only moderately […]

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The New Yorker’s supercilious first mention of North Carolina in 1925 proved to be typical of those for decades to come: “The depressing motto of the Charlotte Theatre, Charlotte, North Carolina, is ‘Attend the Movies Regularly. In No Other Way Can You Get So Close to Life for So Little.’ ” – Aug. 30, 1947 […]

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It’s been a while since I last dumped a batch of North Caroliniana into the Google Books Ngram Viewer, that instantaneous measure of phrase frequency over the decades. Caveat e-lector: This is data at its rawest — conclusions should be jumped to for entertainment purposes only. Here goes: – Duke lacrosse vs. Duke football and […]

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“Candace Wilkins, 27, of St. Albans [a middle-class neighborhood in Queens], who remains unemployed despite having a business degree, plans to move to Charlotte, N.C. “She said her decision was prompted by an altercation with the police. “In March 2010, witnesses say, Ms. Wilkins was thrown against a car by a white police officer after […]

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“Reynolds Price was doodling on a paper placemat in a Harvard Square cafe on a spring morning in 1992 when he told me about the copy of ‘Paradise Lost’ he had bought for himself five years earlier after surviving extensive treatment for spinal cancer. Price… teaches a course on John Milton at Duke University, but […]

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From the Durwood Barbour Collection of North Carolina Postcards “Special attention is given to the use of electricity. Twenty years’ experience has proven it invaluable in cases of nervous prostration, incipient paralysis, insomnia, the opium and whiskey habits and those nervous affections due to uterine or ovarian disorders.” -Promotional copy for Glenwood Park Sanitarium “In […]

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“[The ailanthus tree] rarely lives more than 50 years, so any chance of finding [Betty] Smith’s original tree still growing in Brooklyn was out of the question. “But [Nancy] Pfeiffer told me about the ailanthus her mother planted in the walled-in garden behind her home in Chapel Hill, where Smith lived almost her entire life […]

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– Eastern North Carolina: Birthplace of the front porch? – From the Prelinger Archives, an earnestly hokey look at “Southern Highlanders.” – If only Tony Bennett had left his heart in Wilmington…. – What a coincidence — Bigfoot’s eyes are the color of Zagnuts!

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– Mmm, mmm, wood! – In Thomasville a Pulitzer-winning photographer shares a basement full of history. – And isn’t that speech therapist’s wife a dead-ringer for John Ehle’s daughter!

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