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Cameron Village, Raleigh, N.C.

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This week on Flashback Friday we’re making a quick stop in the wayback machine at Raleigh’s Cameron Village Shopping Center.  “Shop as you please, with the greatest of ease, in the wonderful Cameron Village!”

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This week’s card was postmarked on October 15, 1963.

Raleigh, North Carolina Oct 15/63 Hello Roberta: We are away up at Raleigh to the North Carolina State Fair today. On our way back now, and of course we are tired. Some big fair this is. Of course the girls had a good time — on rides, etc. Sincerely Uncle Oscar

Gotta love the NC State Fair! Wonder if Uncle Oscar and ‘the girls’ visited Cameron Village too?

There’s a quiz this week — how many readers know what occupies the site of the Sears store today?

Cameron Village — A Regional Landmark

Cameron Village was the brainchild of mid-century Raleigh developer J. Willie York, who hired Raleigh architect Leif Valand as his principal designer. The shopping center was Raleigh’s first, and the first built between Washington, DC and Atlanta. It opened in 1949 with three stores and one restaurant. Within a year the “town within a town,” comprised 65 stores, 112 business or professional offices, 566 apartment units, and 100 private homes.

Cameron Village has changed ownership and undergone renovations several times since its opening 66 years ago; but even so, today it remains one of Raleigh’s premier destination shopping venues.

You can read a detailed history of Cameron Village on the  North Carolina History Project Encyclopedia website, a special project of the John Locke Foundation, a Raleigh non-profit, non-partisan think tank.

 

Our Flashback Friday ‘Lusterchrome’ postcard this week was published by the Raleigh News Agency, and was printed by Tichnor Brothers, Inc. of Boston, MA.

Tichnor Brothers, Inc. (1912-1987) Boston, MA A major publisher and printer of a wide variety of postcards types. Their view-cards were produced on a national level. Their photochomes went under the trade name Lusterchrome. They also produced an early Tichnor Gloss series in offset lithography that was so heavily retouched they floated somewhere between being artist drawn and being a photograph. The company was sold in 1987 to Paper Majic.

“Flashback Friday” is a weekly feature of Goodnight, Raleigh! in which we showcase vintage postcards depicting our historic capital city. We hope you enjoy this week end treat!


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