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Several new titles were just added to New in the North Carolina Collection. To see the full list simply click on the link in the entry or click on the New in the North Carolina Collection tab at the top of the page. As always, full citations for all the new titles can be found in the University Library Catalog, and all titles are available for use in the Wilson Special Collections Library.

Hyalin Dish shaped like North Carolina with Spruce Pines noted.

Verso of Hylan dish shaped like North Carolina, with "Emrich's State of the Union by Hyaln" stamped on it.

From 1946 to 1997, Hyalyn Porcelain was a prominent manufacturer in Hickory — well chronicled here by the

Catawba County historian and collector Barry Huffman suggests an answer:

“Hyalyn produced a series of these small pieces, apparently thinking of a series of states, although I have seen only North Carolina, Ohio and Texas. I believe it is likely Spruce Pine commissioned the application of the city name.

“Les Moody, founder of Hyalyn, chose Hickory in part because of its location near resources he would use to achieve the clay formula he wanted. Hyalyn purchased feldspar from [the Spruce Pine area] and surely had contacts there who were familiar with the kinds of things they made. [Georgia and Michigan have also been mentioned as sources.] This sort of object probably fell in the category of ‘nifty gifties,’ so named by employees.”

More here about Spruce Pine’s remarkable geology.

 

Tool room check medallion for ALCOA Badin plant

Verso of Tool Room check for ALCOA Badin plant
Alcoa came to Badin in 1915, purchasing the town, its aluminum smelting plant and the tracts of land surrounding the Yadkin River. To power its facility, Alcoa built four massive hydroelectric dams. But in 2010, the plant closed, and the industrial jobs evaporated….

“The dams have been sold, but Alcoa remains a major presence in the valley, where it owns more than 9,000 acres of undeveloped land….”

— From “NC conservationists get first dibs on Alcoa land” by Sam Killenberg in the News & Observer (June 5, 2017)

Before computers and bar codes, metal tags such as this were common for inventory control.

 

Pin back badge for Montgomery Ward in Durham

South Square Mall in Durham was opened in August 1975 as a 790,000-square-foot regional shopping mall at a cost of about $25 million.

“The original anchors were Belk-Leggett (later renamed Hudson-Belk) and J.C. Penney.   Montgomery Ward was built as the middle anchor several years after opening — only its second location  in North Carolina.

“Montgomery Ward closed in 1985 as part of a corporate downsizing.  A year later that space would be filled by Ivey’s (later Dillard’s).  South Square closed in 2002 due to competition from the newly-opened Streets at Southpoint mall.”

— From southsquaremall.com

Montgomery Ward closed the last of its stores in 2001. This badge has a pre-’70s look, but I’m not finding evidence of an earlier presence of Montgomery Ward in Durham. 

 

Key fob for Hotel Robert E. Lee in Winston-Salem

“The Robert E. Lee hotel was a gleaming 10-story symbol of Winston-Salem’s boom time when it opened its doors in 1921….

“The Robert E. Lee came as the city and the tobacco industry were growing rapidly. The U.S. Decennial Census listed Winston-Salem as the state’s largest city….

“The Robert E. Lee finally shut its doors in 1971. To many, its closure represented the changing pace of modern life. Longtime waiter Bernard Cardwell blamed ‘motels and hamburgers.’ ”

— From  “Stories of a lost landmark” by Paul Garber in the Winston-Salem Journal (March 25, 2012)
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McClean Trucking calendar verso with image of truck
McClean Trucking calendar

“In 1931, when Malcolm [later Malcom] P. McLean began working at a service station, North Carolina was rapidly becoming a major east-west transport route. Recognizing the potential for motor freight carrying, the Maxton native bought his first truck in 1934 and began hauling dirt for WPA road construction projects. Later, he transported textiles to New York. By the mid-1960s, the McLean Trucking Company had become the fifth-largest trucking company in America, with a fleet of 5,000 trucks and trailers and 65 terminals scattered throughout 20 states….”

— From “McLean Trucking Company”  by Robert E. Ireland in the Encyclopedia of North Carolina 

Even more significant – much more significant, actually – would be McLean’s invention of containerized shipping. 

 

Sanitary Fish Market bottle opener-Side 1

Sanitary Fish Market bottle opener Side 2
Aycock Brown was the first writer to extoll the virtues of Tony Seaman’s seafoods at the Sanitary Fish Market in Morehead City, and his squibs led to a growing clip file of free publicity the like of which has never been shared by another Tar Heel restaurateur. When Aycock was day-dreaming about photographic equipment for free-lancing, the grateful Seaman dropped a $350 press camera into his lap and launched him on his own….”

— From  “Aycock Brown sang the praises of the North Carolina coast”  by Jack Riley in the News & Observer (1949) [h/t Teresa Leonard]

At some point in its 80-year history – 1950s? — the Sanitary Fish Market piled on further promotion by distributing these pisciform pocket screwdriver and bottle opener tools on behalf of the VFW Welfare Fund.

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Money bag from Central Bank in Asheville, N.C.

“Asheville was already in a slide when the stock market crashed in October 1929. The coup de grace came when several major banks in town failed in November 1930….

“The city, county and public schools had nearly $8 million in deposits in the failed Central Bank & Trust. Its closure exposed politicians’ bad bet for all to see.

“Criminal indictments followed, and at least two officials committed suicide, including former Mayor Gallatin Roberts.

” ‘My soul is sensitive, and it has been wounded unto death,’ Roberts wrote in a suicide note addressed to the people of the city. ‘When I went into office nearly four years ago I found millions of dollars of the people’s money in the Central Bank, and I tried with all my soul to protect it. … What would you have done?’ ”

— From “Some thought ’20s boom would endure” by Mark Barrett in the Asheville Citizen-Times (Sept. 6, 2009)

“Asheville suffered a greater financial hardship than all others from the 1929 Crash, shouldering a per capita debt burden that was the greatest in the country. Today, the liability that city carried for almost 50 years has turned it into an American architectural treasure….

“During those years the city stayed much as it was before that black day in 1929. The tax base was small enough that growth was slow, and what tax monies were generated funded more pressing needs than the destruction of old buildings….”

— From “Asheville’s Architecture Treasure Chest” at Romantic Asheville

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Campaign flyer for I. Beverly Lake

“RALEIGH – Dr. I. Beverly Lake has not forgotten.
“On the outbox on his secretary’s desk is a phrase from the 1960 campaign: ‘The principles for which we fight are eternal!’….

“The same phrase hangs framed on his office wall…. Another wall is dominated by a blue and white flag he describes as an ‘unsurrendered battle standard’ from his grandfather’s Confederate brigade.”

— From “Dr. Lake is likely to run for governor again in 1964” by Joe Doster in the Charlotte Observer (July 8, 1962)

Lake did indeed run again, but finished third in the Democratic primary behind Dan K. Moore, the eventual governor, and L. Richardson Preyer. He was the state’s last major political candidate who espoused absolute segregation.
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Several new titles were just added to New in the North Carolina Collection. To see the full list simply click on the link in the entry or click on the New in the North Carolina Collection tab at the top of the page. As always, full citations for all the new titles can be found in the University Library Catalog, and all titles are available for use in the Wilson Special Collections Library.

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