Our State (magazine) at 80

Cover of December 4, 1948 issue of The State magazine

My first recollection of The State magazine was around Christmas time 1948 when I was visiting my grandmother. She knew that Charlie Justice was my hero, so she had saved for me her copy of the December 4th issue, which featured a Hugh Morton cover picture of Justice following the ‘48 UNC vs. Duke game. I have been a fan of the magazine ever since that day.

At that time, the magazine was already 15 years old, but it was new to me and I didn’t know that there had been a previous cover with a photograph of Justice by Morton about a year before. (I was able to get that earlier issue about 5 years later when I was working on a fund-raising scrap paper drive)…

–from Jack Hilliard’s remembrances of Our State magazine. The magazine is celebrating its 80th year of publishing. Hilliard is a former director for WFMY-TV in Greensboro and a frequent blogger on the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archive’s View to Hugh blog. You can read Hilliard’s full post, complete with many cover images from Our State , here.