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Cool N.C. Postcards

Posted September 18, 2007

My friend Bill Leslie did a blogpost last month about a collection of North Carolina postcards on display at UNC-Chapel Hill's Wilson Library.

Last week, I got in touch with Durwood Barbour, the man behind the postcards.  The former DOT engineer donated thousands of postcards to UNC.  He came in yesterday for a video interview about his collection and a tour of some of his favorite postcards. 

As Bill posted in his blog, you can browse digitally through more than 1,000 of the postcards on the library's Web site.  Hundreds of the cards are on display at Wilson Library through September 30.  The library's site has more information about visiting the exhibit. 

Mr. Barbour tells me that each visitor gets a free poster, showing turn-of-the-century Main Streets from North Carolina towns.  He gave me a copy, and the poster would be a handsome addition to any Tar Heel home!


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  • tennispro Sep 18, 2007

    Very Interesting!! thanks

  • Brian Shrader Sep 18, 2007

    In what part of Morehead was the race track located?

  • camphost Sep 18, 2007

    Hey Brian..I've enjoyed looking at the postcards, but the one that caught my eye was the old Greyhound Race Track in Morehead City. I well remember the track having grown up there.

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