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On our Facebook page and Twitter feed Wednesday, we shared this quote from former UNC Chancellor Robert B. House. As I saw Franklin Street in 1912, it was a dusty red avenue cut through a forest of magnificent trees….My first impression of Chapel Hill was trees; my last impression is trees….It is no wonder that […]

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After 60 years as owners, the Sammons family plans to sell the Grove Park Inn to a private equity group. KSL Partners of Denver say they will spend $25 million on renovations in time for the inn’s 100th birthday in 2013. Along with guest rooms, the spa and the restaurant, the inn’s signature Great Hall […]

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Worshipers and musicians will assemble early Sunday morning for the 240th Easter sunrise service in Old Salem. According to the Salem Congregation, the first Moravian sunrise celebration of Easter occurred in the town of Herrnhut in Saxony (now a part of Germany) in 1732. A group of men met in the town’s graveyard to sing […]

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Friends and family of Earl Scruggs say they’re disappointed that the legendary banjo player didn’t live to see the opening of the Earl Scruggs Center in the old Cleveland County courthouse (point of clarification: the building was new when the above postcard was printed some 100 years ago). The Cleveland County native died in Nashville […]

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By all accounts the day was gray and blustery. A coin toss had determined who would make the first flight of the day. Orville lay down on the flyer and then man and aircraft ascended about 10 feet into the air. The flight lasted 12 seconds and covered about 120 feet. The brothers each made […]

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Happy Veterans Day!

We thought this Fort Bragg color guard a fitting tribute to Tar Heel veterans as well as all those men and women currently in uniform who call the Old North State home. The card also seemed an appropriate salute to our having surpassed 10,000 cards on North Carolina Postcards. And, by the way, we’re still […]

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This postcard was recently added to our North Carolina Postcards online collection. Although the title reads,”Pea Picking Near Goldsboro, N.C.,” at least one North Carolina Collection staffer (hint: a proud Haligonian) thinks the pictured individuals are actually picking digging or, maybe, dusting peanuts. The foliage of pea and peanut plants is similar so we can’t […]

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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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We recently surpassed 9,000 images on our North Carolina Postcards website. The card above is among the lot that took us over the mark. It stood out to me because of the man’s proud bearing. The caption reads: JESSIE J. LOSSIE–Cherokee Indian–on the banks of the Oconaluftee River, Cherokee Indian Reservation, North Carolina. The Qualla […]

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Winston-Salem’s Art Deco landmark is still on the market. But a spokesman for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco says the building is attracting interest from potential buyers. Its sky-high cafeteria sure did churn out a tasty and inexpensive lunch back in the early 90s. More than a few Winston-Salem Journal employees filled their bellies there (this writer […]

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