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 topics: cotton, Cherokee Indians, galax, jugtown pottery, Plott hounds and textiles. More images surrounding other topics will be added over time.
And just a reminder – the NCC has an online exhibit that displays the official postcards created in 1939 to publicize Variety Vacationland in 1939. Below is a postcard showing spectators on a golf course.
In homage to the Chatham County Courthouse—seen here in 1940 as evidenced by the “Wilkins P. Horton for Governor” campaign banner hanging over Pittsboro Street—that was severely damaged by a fire yesterday afternoon.
“When the [Senate Watergate Committee’s] report failed to single out the President, [Chairman Sam Ervin explained] that it was possible to draw a picture of a horse in two ways. You could draw the picture with a very good likeness. Or you could draw the picture and write under it, ‘This is a horse.’ Well, said Ervin, ‘We just drew the picture.’
“In this… Ervin was a product of his culture, for John Randolph of Roanoke, while making a sinister implication against President Adams in 1826, had said: ‘I do not draw my pictures in such a way as to render it necessary to write under them, “This is a man, this is a horse.” ‘ ”
–– From “The Natural Superiority of Southern Politicians” (1977) by David Leon Chandler
Pictured: Pinback button produced by Ervin’s admirers during the Watergate hearings.