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Digital North Carolina Blog

Digital North Carolina Blog

This blog is maintained by the staff of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center and features highlights from the collections at DigitalNC, an online library of primary sources from institutions across North Carolina.

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Viewing entries posted in April 2011


Driverless Car Parade

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These photos, from the Transylvania County Library, are both labeled “Driverless Car Parade, 1937.” What in the world is a driverless car parade? The cars, as far as I can tell, have drivers. Any ideas?


Saint Augustine’s College Yearbooks Available on DigitalNC

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Student yearbooks from Saint Augustine’s College (now Saint Augustine’s University) in Raleigh are now available on DigitalNC.org. The fifty-one volumes range in date from 1934 to 2002. As an added bonus for Falcon alumni and fans, there are also four football programs from 2002 available to browse online.


Licensed Privy

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It might be a little hard to make out from this image, but what you’re looking at here is a genuine historic North Carolina privy license. This is from the town of Advance, ca. 1893, and is part of the Digital Davie exhibit.

Materials in Digital Davie are shared by the Davie County Public Library.


April Fool’s Day

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It’s April Fool’s Day, and just in case you’re planning a party to celebrate, the April 23rd, 1953 issue of the Raeford News-Journal has some suggestions for refreshments (page 5). According to the “Kitchen Clatter” column, April Fool’s Day surprises need not be unpleasant (such as salt in the sugar bowl or chocolate-covered onions). Instead, delight your guests with the “exceedingly pleasant” recipe for “Surprise Meat Devils”, which consist primarily of corn flakes and ground beef. Depending on your gastronomic preferences, however, these might turn out to be a little bit of an April Fool’s joke after all.