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Today marks the 154th anniversary of the date on which Elisha Mitchell is believed to have died. Mitchell, a professor at UNC, fell about 40 feet to his death after apparently slipping on a precipice by a waterfall that now bears his name. The UNC professor was in Yancey County to measure the altitude of […]

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In honor of Veterans Day, let’s take a look back at North Carolina’s involvement in World War I: “North Carolinians and the Great War” “‘North Carolinians and the Great War’ examines how World War I shaped the lives of different North Carolinians on the battlefield and on the home front as well how the state […]

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I just got back from a vacation, but I’m ready to head back to the beach and take part in this: Climbing the Cape Lookout Lighthouse I’ve been to this lighthouse several times before, but never inside of it. If you go (or have already been), please let us know about it.

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During the month of May, we uploaded quite a few new towns to the North Carolina Postcards digital collection.  Be sure to check them out below: Dixonville, Wayne County Fremont, Wayne County LaGrange, Lenoir County Lake Phelps (aka Lake Scuppernong), in Washington and Tyrrell Counties Salvo, Dare County Sharpsburg, in Edgecombe, Nash, and Wilson Counties […]

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The postcard above is a real photo view of Josephus Daniels, Governor Locke Craig, Edward Kidder Graham, and others standing in front of Alumni Hall at UNC.

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We’ve recently uploaded several panoramic postcard views of Raleigh to the NC Postcards website.  The cards all date to ca. 1900-1915.  The photo above highlights the format of the card itself, and the photo below gives a sense of how the two postcard-sized halves are attached together.  To see the cards online, click the links […]

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We recently uploaded several interesting postcards of the Home Eckers Trade School, located in the Lightner Arcade Building at 122 E. Hargett Street in Raleigh.  The postcard above shows the entrance to the building, showing a sign that reads, “Home Eckers Trade School Hotel Cafeteria.” I’m not entirely certain what the Home Eckers Trade School […]

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This Month in North Carolina History In the late 19th century, many of the large retailers we know today were establishing their first stores and offering new goods and services to middle class consumers. Macy’s doors opened in New York City in 1858; Wanamaker’s in Philadelphia opened in 1861; and Sears and Roebuck founded their […]

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Read all about it in the latest installment of This Month in North Carolina: On May 29, 1988, William Henry Belk opened his first store at the corner of Main and Morgan in Monroe, N.C.  This shop evolved what would become the regional Belk department stores. The postcard below shows Main Street, Monroe, from ca. […]

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We have several postcards of what appears to be a frequent sight on Raleigh’s Fayetteville Street:  Aunt Betsey Holmes riding in her carriage.  The carriage is pulled by a bull, not a horse, and so the postcards often contain puns relating to her preferred mode of transportation:  “automobull“ and “horseless carriage” are the two most […]

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