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No date on this 3-inch pinback button, but the typography and the vaguely Space Age rendering of a pickle-topped hamburger suggest 1960 or so. (Is that cheese or lettuce squashed beneath the patty? Regardless, doesn’t it belong  on top?) Surprisingly, this cluster of Concord-based What-A-Burger stores (not all of which survive) is unrelated to  either […]

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No matter what the economic climate, work-study programs have historically helped students attend UNC. Clyde Morris Roberts of Marshall, North Carolina graduated with a degree in education in 1931 after having worked as a Student Salesman with the Delineator College Scholarship Plan. The Gallery recently received some items belonging to Roberts, including the September Artifact […]

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  Despite its undeniable gift for self-promotion, the Whitsett Institute (1888- ?), a boarding school in Guilford County,  didn’t leave a big footprint in the educational terrain. But the collection does have this pinback button and 10 campus postcards, including wish-I-knew-more images of Gov. W. W. Kitchin and a contingent of Cuban students. Idle thought: […]

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A recent posting on church assemblies in the mountains has led some readers to reflect back on their own summer camp experiences. It also sparked Asheville journalist Jon Elliston to bring Camp Catawba to our attention. Elliston (with the help of illustrator Phil Blank) recently penned a short history of Camp Catawba for the Asheville […]

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Textile league baseball was once huge in the Carolinas, and in 1937 the team representing Asheboro’s Acme-McCrary hosiery mill made it all the way to the national championship tourney in Wichita, Kansas. Here and here are some colorful recollections of the team — hat tip to randolphhistory.wordpress.com —  including photos of not only players but […]

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It bombed at the box office, but this 1984 sci-fi thriller marked the beginning of Wilmington’s lively movie industry. Pictured: Pinback button depicting 9-year-old Drew Barrymore, probably worn by staff in moviehouses or video rental stores.  

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We just received word that Andy Barker, the founder and long-time mayor of Love Valley, died on Thursday. Love Valley is the Iredell County town designed to look like the Old West, a place that draws thousands of horse lovers each year. A quick search in our stacks didn’t yield any photos of Love Valley […]

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On this day in 1974: Lee Trevino squeezes out a one-stroke victory over Jack Nicklaus to win the PGA title at Tanglewood Country Club in Clemmons. North Carolina hosted its only other PGA championship  in 1936 at Pinehurst No. 2. The next one: Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte in 2017.

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By 1930s standards, this pinback button represents quite an ambitious effort at cross-promotion by the Charlotte News and the Carolina Theatre, not to mention Paramount Pictures and King Features. Popeye first appeared in newspapers in 1929, on screen in 1933, on fried chicken franchises in 1972 (although the chain claimed it had taken its name […]

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“At 19.58 hours on 30 Jul, 1942, the unescorted Cranford was hit by one torpedo  from U-155 about 250 miles east-southeast of Barbados, as she was proceeding on a nonevasive course at 8.6 knots because of a lack of fuel and daylight conditions.   “The torpedo struck on the starboard side between #2 and #3 […]

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