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State Archives of North Carolina photo

State Archives of North Carolina photo

This Monday, August 31, 2015, marks the 100th anniversary of this now-famous photo of Raleigh Times newsboys. The top story of the day was the appointment of Robert L. Gray, a Raleigh native who had started his career with The News & Observer, as the new editor of The Times.

The newsboys photograph was taken on the Hargett Street sidewalk in front of the Raleigh Times Building by long-time Raleigh photographer Albert Barden, whose entire collection of more than 20,000 negatives is housed in the State Archives of North Carolina.

To celebrate this historic centennial, Greg Hatem, owner of the Raleigh Times Bar and Restaurant, has arranged for the State Archives to exhibit the original 8″x10″ glass plate negative at the very spot where it was created 100 years ago. The glass plate will be on display for public viewing Monday, August 31, from 11am until 6pm. Archivists will be onsite all day to answer your questions about the State Archives, historic photographs, and other Archives collections.

The restaurant menu for the day will feature old-fashioned lunch specials along with the regular favorites. At 3 pm, Rebecca Hyman, of the State Library, will read a story time tale about newsboys of the era that children of all ages will enjoy. ‘Times Boys’ bobbleheads, publications from the Office of Historic Publications, commemorative T-shirts, and other novelties will be given away. There will also be a raffle and a photo booth. Then, at 5 pm, the Raleigh Times will tap a special keg to wrap up the celebration.

Proceeds from the day benefit the Friends of the Archives, so come down to the Raleigh Times on Monday, August 31, and be a part of history!

WHEN: Monday, August 31, 2015, 11am-6pm

WHERE: Raleigh Times, 14 East Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC.

CONTACT: Raleigh Times at 919.833.0999 or info@raleightimesbar.com | http://www.raleightimesbar.com/events/paperboys-turn-100

For more information, you may contact the State Archives, 919.807.7310, or email archives@ncdcr.gov.

N_53_15_343 Raleigh Times News Carriers August 31, 1915 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/north-carolina-state-archives/3525864429/)

 

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PhC.19.58 Dallas T. Ward c. 1885 From the R. Beverly R. Webb Collection; State Archives, Raleigh.

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Dallas T. Ward c. 1885
From the R. Beverly R. Webb Collection; State Archives, Raleigh.

It’s been said that every few minutes we take as many photos as all of humanity took in the 1880’s. In the mid 1800’s a photographic representation of reality was considered technological marvel. Needless to say, photography has changed a great deal over the past 150 years. Before camera phones, digital cameras, disposable film cameras or Kodak Brownies, there was the carte de visite — a small albumen print mounted on card stock measuring about 2″x3.5″. These small portraits about the size of a modern business card were traded among friends and family. Many times these small portraits ended up being pasted into blank books – the debut of the photo album.  Read more »

More Questions Than Answers: The Cobbler on Davie Street

Shoemaker S. M. Jones on E. Davie St. ca. 1926  From the Albert Barden Collection,  State Archives of NC (N.53.16.6674)

Shoemaker S. M. Jones on E. Davie St. ca. 1926
From the Albert Barden Collection, State Archives of NC (N.53.16.6674)

Very little was known about this photograph until Special Collections staff at State Archives decided to take a closer look — quite literally. Under high magnification and some considerable squinting, the sign above the man standing in the doorway was found to read “S. M. Jones” — beside it, a crudely painted boot.

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by Raleigh Boy

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This week Flashback Friday soars high above Raleigh’s beloved State Capitol. The sophisticated 19th century Greek Revival building has stood on this spot for 175 years. We’ll also take a peek at the history of this building and its predecessors. So climb aboard and enjoy the flight!

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