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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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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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Though today’s News and Observer reminds us that President Obama’s weekend visit to Asheville is “officially none of our business,” I thought I would at least share some postcard images of the famous hotel. Click on the image above to see more. Also, in case you were wondering what other presidents had spent the night […]

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The postcard above shows an image of the Nash-Hooper House in Hillsborough, NC. William Hooper, a Revolutionary War hero and signer of the Declaration of Independence, moved into the Nash house in 1782. The caption on the back of the postcard alerted us that Inglis Fletcher featured the Nash-Hooper House in two of her novels.  […]

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The above postcard shows the Lake Mattamuskeet hotel and restaurant in New Holland, NC.  The building used to be a pumping station, but it was converted to a lodge in 1937.  We had originally described the postcard as showing a lodge and a lighthouse, but that is not the case:  although it’s been painted in […]

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The NC State Archives and Library recently mounted a new digital collection of photographs called, “Views from Variety Vacationland: Historic North Carolina Travel and Tourism Photos.” The project description notes: The initial pilot project contains 1130 images from the North Carolina Conservation and Development Department, Travel and Tourism Division Photo Files pertaining to six popular […]

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The postcard above shows an aerial view of the Cherokee Indian Reservation from ca. 1940-1950.  In the lower middle of the card, you can see a small main street of the town of Cherokee.  Recently, we’ve uploaded many real photo postcards of Western North Carolina, including the Cherokee Indian Reservation in Swain County. These postcards […]

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Gaddy’s Geese Refuge

Since 1934, thousands of Canadian geese have been flying south to Ansonville, N.C. to spend the winter at Lockhart Gaddy’s Wild Geese Refuge. Gaddy was born in Anson County, and worked as a naturalist.  He planted special grains and enlarged the lake on his property in order to attract more geese as they flew South.  […]

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