New Towns on NC Postcards

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
Singletary Lake, Bladen County
Skyland, Buncombe County
Snow Camp, Alamance County
Wise, Warren County

We also recently uploaded a unique postcard of Raleigh.  The card below, Seeing Raleigh, was published in 1907, and shows a tour bus on front, with a space for a message and another image inside.  The inside of the card shows an automobile’s grill that features a fold-out strip of miniature postcards of various Raleigh sights!

George Washington Hill, a man with a brand

“If [George Washington Hill, president of American Tobacco, 1925-1946]  did not invent the hard sell, he nonetheless drove it to new heights. Selling Lucky Strikes became his obsession. Packages dangled on strings in the windows of his Rolls Royce, which had the Lucky Strike logo emblazoned on its taillights. Hill named his pet dachshunds Lucky and Strike and grew tobacco in the garden of his Hudson River estate.

“Even Albert Lasker, his adman, found Hill’s excesses notable: ‘The only purpose in life to him was to wake up, to eat and to sleep so  that he’d have the strength to sell more Lucky Strikes.’ ”

— From “The Cigarette Century: The Rise, Fall and Deadly Persistence of the Product that Defined America” (2007) by Allan M. Brandt