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Greetings from Raleigh

One of the most iconic of all postcard styles, this is Raleigh’s version of “Greetings from …” Each letter features a unique landmark from across the Capital, with NC State’s Bell Tower featured most prominently on the front.

KEYS TO VIEWS ON OTHER SIDE:–

R — Capitol
A — Library, NC State College
L — Confederate Monument
E — Wake County Court House
I — Birthplace of Andrew Johnson
G — Meredith College
H — Chief Justice Building

PUB. BY RALEIGH NEWS AGENCY, RALEIGH, NC
NATURAL COLOR POST CARD MADE IN U.S.A. BY E.C. KROPP CO., MILWAUKEE, WIS. (ADY)

Although there is no date on the card, you can get a good idea of when it was published based on the buildings and names on the front. The Court House featured on the front was torn down in 1967, and NC State changed its name to North Carolina State University at Raleigh in 1965. It goes back even further though, as it shows Brooks Hall when it was originally D.H. Hill Library. D.H. Hill moved to its current location in 1953, so this postcard goes back at least 60 years, but likely more.

Perhaps a typography historian out there can wager a guess on the postcard’s date according to how it looks.


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