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“Decades ago, outhouses were encouraged as an alternative to the river or the woods. In the 1930s, part of the New Deal funded a program to build and renovate outhouses in rural parts of the country. In North Carolina, 63,311 new privies were built, second only to West Virginia, according to a pamphlet published in […]

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Historians will be grateful that North Carolina’s craft beer boom (bubble?) is leaving behind such a profusion of ephemera. (And collectors are glad it’s free!) .

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I had assumed household coal was pretty much fungible – obviously not. Bonus on the flip side: Enthusiastic personal notes about Wallie Willard Viverette and Alfred Randolph “A.R.” Miller.

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The Kennedys and Martin Luther King have long been an iconographic trio, not only visually but also musically (with Lincoln). Sometimes Dr. King had the fan all to himself. Distributed by Franklin Funeral Home in Franklinton.

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“The Women’s Christian Temperance Union, the most prominent temperance society in North Carolina after the Civil War, was organized at Greensboro in 1883 by Frances E. Willard, president of the national WCTU. Its wide range of reform programs included women suffrage, equal rights, child welfare, prison life, international arbitration, world peace, narcotics and tobacco control, […]

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“This festival was started in 1988 to preserve the heritage of blue-collar workers in the South and provide patrons an experience of life as it was lived in the late 1800s and early 1900s around Gaston County. The focal point of this annual 3-day fall festival is a restored operational cotton gin on permanent exhibit […]

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Among places from which Bo-fort, North Carolina, is delightfully different: Bew-fort, South Carolina.

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Kinston Produce Marketing Co. obviously covered a lot of ground, but this label likely was meant for a vegetable crate. Thanks to Richard Garafolo, director of the Learning Resources Center at Lenoir Community College, for tracking the etymology of Kinoca: “I have talked with several members of a group that meets in our Heritage Place […]

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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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