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“Officials said it was the first time a president had come to [the West Jefferson] area, best known for Christmas trees, crafts and musicians like Doc Watson, who lives in nearby Deep Gap. “Many of the people attending the event had fought a generation ago to stop a hydroelectric dam project that would have flooded […]

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By 1973 the Surgeon General’s report had sent North Carolina’s tobacco industry into steady decline, but you couldn’t tell it from this enthusiastic schedule poster for “the market that sells itself.” WMPM’s call letters once stood for World’s Most Progressive Market.

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Louis Harrell was a J.P. Stevens millhand in Roanoke Rapids. In 1978, not long after this photo was taken, he died of byssinosis, a condition caused by cotton dust and commonly known as brown lung. A similar photo of Harrell appeared on an OSHA brochure issued during the Carter administration but recalled under Reagan as […]

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This apron was likely intended for use on a Winston-Salem street corner, but it’s way too clean to have seen much action. Frank Tursi, author of “Winston-Salem: A History,” doesn’t recall seeing one during his 23 years at the Journal but suggests they might also have been worn in the composing room.  

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If your jam band has been touring (with a couple of breaks) since 1983, you generate mountains of merch.  But I particularly like this sticker from Phish‘s  2018 performance at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek (mouthful!) in Raleigh.

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Billy Graham held crusades in London in 1954, 1955, 1966 and 1989. I believe this postcard-size handout promoting his daily newspaper column was tied to his week-long 1955 appearance  at Wembley Stadium. .

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Nicely detailed! But I’m guessing Raleigh and Charlotte didn’t include hillbilly knickknacks in their Amazon swag bags boxes.  

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“A period of renewed interest in flight culminated with Charles A. Lindbergh’s nonstop flight from New York to Paris in 1927. The increased flight activity of the late 1920s encouraged recognition of the Wright Brothers. “At the local level North Carolinians, led by W. O. Saunders, editor of the Elizabeth City Independent, organized the Kill […]

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“Mr. J.W. Stephenson, a native of Winston-Salem, has for many years given his entire time and attention to the war on King Rat, working in some of the largest cities in the country and being present during the memorable fight on rats in New Orleans when the city was forced to kill all the rats […]

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What a motley chart – who remembers “McArthur Park,” “Jelly Jungle” and “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy”? So where were the Beatles, you might wonder. They had just parted ways with the Maharishi and were six months from releasing the White Album. .

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