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Masonic Temple, Raleigh, N.C.

The Masonic Temple Building is on the corner of Hargett and Fayetteville Streets and was built in 1907. The Freemasons in Raleigh introduced a new form of construction material to the area, as this building was the first reinforced concrete structure in North Carolina.It was designed by South Carolina architect Charles McMillan and cost $120,000 to build.

This building was erected the same year as the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge, located a couple blocks away on Blount Street. In the early 1950s the Freemasons moved to the Josephus Daniels House, which may or may not be the world’s smallest naval base.

Am in N.C. having some fun and coming home Wed. night but [?] not ready to come. Heard you had moved to [?]. I [?] [?] near [?] out of my shock.

Miss Mary Bush
[?] VA
Sept. 20 [?]

I’ve often joked that nowadays cursive writing might as well be arabic script, considering how infrequently it is used–especially by the younger generation. Reading cursive that’s nearly 100 years old isn’t quite as difficult as deciphering arabic, but it was a challenge for me. Can you make out the words used on this postcard? If you’d like a better look, you can also view a high resolution version.

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