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  “Hillary Clinton returned to the campaign trail Thursday, four days after her near fainting spell, with little room for another misstep. “The moment she took the stage, Clinton addressed the topic that has overwhelmed headlines since Sunday: Her health. She acknowledged to the Greensboro, North Carolina, crowd that being forced to stay at home […]

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  This odd plastic relic of the age of coin-op parking meters just makes me smile. Designed to slip over the top of a driver’s side window, it not only promotes the Cabarrus fair, but also serves to dodge a parking ticket and (I’m guessing here) to provide a couple of handy coathooks. Wonder how […]

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  This pinback button rewarded Kickstarter donors supporting a documentary-still-in-progress on Pikeville native and UNC alum Gene Roberts, one of American journalism’s great editors. (His jowliness gave him the irreverent newsroom nickname “The Frog.”) “In 1972,” the filmmakers write, “Roberts left a position with the New York Times to join the struggling Philadelphia Inquirer as […]

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A town probably named after Alexander Hamilton — renamed after Hamilton, actually — ought to attract some attention these days, don’t you think? Unfortunately, interest in such noteworthy history as the Fort Branch Civil War site and a restored Rosenwald School has yet to show up in Hamilton’s population, which has dwindled to about half […]

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  The cardboard shades were pretty much standard issue for watching the 2017 total solar eclipse, but the noisemaker is specific to Cherokee legend. Tribal storyteller Mike Crowe of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian told Blue Ridge Public Radio, “A long time ago, whenever there was an eclipse, they had an explanation for this. […]

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“The Dixie Chicks, performing at Walnut Creek [Amphitheatre in Raleigh], said they considered boycotting the show [to protest HB2]. Instead, they handed out baseball caps that said ‘No Hate in our State.’ “ ‘We have a favor to ask,’ lead singer Natalie Maines told the crowd after a few songs. ‘Since we didn’t cancel our […]

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  When Elvis died — Aug. 16, 1977 — the Charlotte Observer wasn’t prepared for the enormous demand for single copies. (We weren’t the only ones.) A year later, however, the Observer and the afternoon Charlotte News had days of commemorative coverage lined up, as these two rack cards illustrate.  

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  “Never before had there been a coordinated statewide effort to showcase North Carolina as a destination. Tourism had the potential to lift the state out of economic despair. So in 1937, the newly created Division of State Advertising embarked on a campaign under the slogan ‘Variety Vacationland’…. “The phrase … would become mostly history […]

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. Before flat-screen TVs there were chubby TVs — and these miniature souvenir knockoffs made in Hong Kong. “Blowing Rock N.C. on television” offers eight click-through color images, including Grandfather Mountain and Tweetsie Railroad. (Spot any unlisted Hugh Mortons, Stephen Fletcher?) Viewers of “Outer Banks N.C. / television” can gaze at only a single color […]

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Somebody went to a lot of trouble to put together this souvenir trinket — miniature foldout photos of North Carolina landmarks (State Capitol, Duke Chapel, etc.), encased in a  leather-like cover with metallic emblem, all attached to a link bracelet. The black and white images are “real photos” — like early postcards — rather than […]

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