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Archive for October, 2009

1930s Meets Today

Postmarked in 1932, here’s a lovely postcard featuring the one and only Davie Hall (which apparently used to house the botany department!), the arboretum’s “pergola,” and a hysterical statement that any UNC student—of all generations—can relate to: “I don’t have any special plans for today except to try to catch up with my reading.” With […]

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Attention NCC, NC Miscellany, NC History, and NC Postcard lovers (and those of you stumble-upon-this-website-web-friends!): while postcard transcriptions are readily available at the wonderful NC Postcards website (http://www.lib.unc.edu/dc/nc_post/), we thought we’d take their quite Droll and Merry content and attempt to fit it in, you guessed it, 140 characters! As we continue to transcribe and […]

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The winter resort village of Pinehurst, N.C. began in 1895, and  the Carolina hotel opened there in 1901.  It was the largest hotel in the community, and at the time of its construction, the largest hotel in the state.  Pinehurst featured several other hotels, boarding houses, and cottages for rent, but none offered the same […]

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NC State Fair Opens Today!

The 2009 N.C. State Fair opens today! Visit http://www.ncstatefair.org/2009/ for more information. This photographic postcard shows a winning stalk of Simpkins’ Prolific cotton seed, and the card’s caption mentions that it won the first place premium at the 1910 state fair. The NCC has a run of NC State Fair premiums, rules, and regulations. I’m […]

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“From the end of Reconstruction until 1890, Confederate veterans held a majority of the best offices in the Southern states…. Confederate generals held 18 of the seats in the 45th Congress, 1877-1879, with 49 other seats from the South held by lower-ranking soldiers and sailors…. “The last Confederate veteran to serve in Congress was Major […]

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A recent post featured an image of a strawberry festival in Wallace, North Carolina (read about it here). While I was working on that post, I found the image above, which has the supplied title “Picking Strawberries in Columbus County.” The original of the image is in the NC Collection’s Photographic Archives (P1-24-S913; 83-672). It’s […]

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In 1851, Raleigh Rutherford (R.R.) Haynes was born in Ferry, Rutherford County.  When he was 20 years old, he moved to Union County, South Carolina, with his younger brother to work in the cotton fields.  Two years later, around 1870, he returned to Rutherford County and invested the money he made in a general store […]

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Happy 216th Birthday UNC!

In honor of UNC’s 216th birthday, NCM shares two items from our collection. The first is from a University Day celebration ca. 1877, and the second from 1880. Go out and have a Carolina blue cupcake to celebrate.

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I hadn’t known the Original Carter Family performed together for the last time during a stint on WBT in Charlotte in 1942-43. According to Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone? The Carter Family & Their Legacy in American Music (2002) by Mark Zwonitzer, with Charles Hirshberg, “When the Carters moved to Charlotte…there wasn’t a house or […]

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Several new titles just added to “What’s New in the North Carolina Collection?”  To see the full list simply click on the link in this entry or click on the “What’s New in the North Carolina Collection?” link under the heading “Pages” in the right column. As always, full citations for all the new titles […]

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