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“NASCAR was its showpiece property, but [RJR] underwrote 55 other events and sports teams: Camel Biker Rallies, Camel Smokin’ Joe’s [previously Winston Eagle] hydroplane, Vantage golf championships, Salem ProSail, RJ Gold Bass Tournaments, Doral Skiing and more. “Says H.A. ‘Humpy’ Wheeler, president of Charlotte’s Lowe’s Motor Speedway, ‘When they write the history of marketing in […]

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“While teaching at Elon and working towards the doctorate at Duke, Powell perceived the need for a biological supply house that could provide schools and colleges with their laboratory specimens. At the time, only two other businesses in the United States supplied specimens for classroom use — teachers were expected to collect their own protozoan, […]

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“[Oscar Herring of the La Grange Chamber of Commerce] said it is believed La Grange got its [nickname] from an African-American train porter. ” ‘As the story goes, every time the train would roll into town, this porter would call out “La Grange, La Grange — The Garden Spot.” ‘ “Herring said several families have […]

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Even before its contemporary popularity, bottled mineral water was big business in North Carolina. Buckhorn, drawn from a spring in Granville County, had its fans, but in 1919 the company’s wide-ranging claims collided with the expectations of the Food and Drug Administration.  

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The first telephone exchange in the state opened in Raleigh in 1879. Service to less urban areas came slowly – Mocksville’s began in 1904.  If I’m reading this 1919 receipt correctly, it shows that a three-minute call from  Sanford Motor Co. in Mocksville to C. L. Sharp Co., a produce dealer in Winston-Salem, cost 30 […]

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“The American Tobacco Company introduced Milo Violets in 1918 for women who wished to assert their independence and decide for themselves which cigarettes they would be smoking. Milo Violets were perfumed and had gold tips, a signal that they were designed exclusively for women….” — From Stanford Research Into the Impact of Tobacco Advertising  Manufactured […]

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“The Junior Ranger program is a fun way to learn more about our park and how you can help protect it — just like our park rangers! You can explore the many stories of our island of adventure and discovery and help us keep Fort Raleigh National Historic Site clean and safe for all visitors…. […]

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” ‘ELVIS IS ALIVE!’ In a way, the tabloids scream the truth. This, the 11th summer since the King’s death at 42, has been one of the busiest of his entire afterlife….. Now, to cash in on all the postmortem Presleymania, comes ‘Elvis: An American Musical.’ “A $3 million, 50-song, multimedia homage to the King, […]

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“Mother Vineyard is a community on the north end of Roanoke Island in Dare County where an ancient and famous scuppernong grapevine grows. Known at times as the ‘Sir Walter Raleigh Vine’ and the ‘Mother Vine,’ it…  is reputed to be the oldest grapevine in the United States, as well as the original vine from […]

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