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This oak paddle was used for corporal punishment by an unnamed principal at St. Stephens Elementary School (1933-2001) in Hickory, likely in the 1960s. Seventeen inches long with three drilled holes to reduce drag and thus increase sting. Shows use. Previous owner believed it had been crafted from schoolroom furniture made by Southern Chair of […]

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“Billy Graham may have paved the way for rock concerts at Ericsson [now Bank of America] Stadium. “After dismantling equipment for Graham’s Carolinas crusade, officials found the field in good condition, alleviating a major concern about holding nonfootball events at the stadium…. “For organizers, the extra time and money it took to convert Ericsson was […]

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“The Rhododendron Festival was started in June 1928 by the Chamber of Commerce to bring more tourism to Asheville and lasted until 1942 when the U.S. went to war. At its height it was a weeklong event featuring a parade every day, beauty pageants and upscale balls…. “It was also designed to showcase the rich […]

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These two pinbacks bookend the political career (so far) of Pat McCrory. In 1989 as a Republican newcomer he was elected to an at-large seat on Charlotte City Council, which led first to 14 years as mayor and then to a single, HB2-marred term as governor.

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Bailey, a town of 500-plus in Nash County, has been the museum’s home since its founding in 1967 by Josephine E. Newell, seventh in a line of country doctors. In 2003, however, local volunteers turned over stewardship to the Medical Foundation of East Carolina University. Mecklenburg County has its own – much smaller — Mint […]

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Word seems not to have reached the decal factory that the chickadee’s reign as state bird was short indeed. Ten years later the cardinal was chosen and to date has not been challenged.

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  “For months, an electronic billboard on Interstate 40-85 east of Greensboro said ‘Repeal HB2.’“Now that House Bill 2 has been repealed and replaced by a new state law, the billboard’s message has also been replaced: ‘Never Compromise On Civil Rights.’“The billboard is owned by Bob Page, the outspoken CEO of Replacements, Ltd., a company […]

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“Nearly forgotten, Dr. King spoke in Raleigh to an integrated audience of about 5,000 at Reynolds Coliseum at 4 p.m. on July 31, 1966. A counter-protest began two hours earlier with speeches at Memorial Auditorium and continued with a march by members from two factions of the Ku Klux Klan…. “King spoke against ‘Black supremacy’ […]

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Two oddities in this eye-catching window decal: the majorette’s uniform, which seems borrowed from the Confederate flag, and her face, which seems borrowed from a photograph (early Photoshop?). Undated, but I’m guessing 1960. A.L. Brown High opened in Kannapolis in 1951. Decal maker Angelus Pacific was founded in 1932 in Fullerton, Calif. Both are still […]

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“When, in the 1920s, Route 10 became Highway 70 (now Old U.S. 70), Point Lookout, just east of Ridgecrest, became a major tourist stop, with a view of Royal Gorge. The site was fully developed in the 1930s by H.A. Ragle of Old Fort, with a retail shop, gas station and motel. Motorists came up […]

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