North Carolina is at your fingertips
in a massive picture postcard collection.
Got here on Friday. We leave Tuesday. The weather’s
been wonderful. Having a splendid time. Love you.
Postcards are the instant messaging of a time
gone by, though, of course, one easily could get
back to Tarboro from a long weekend in Lake
Junaluska before the card got there. Each one comes with a picture meant to transport the home-bound recipient — whether a
turn-of-the-century Raleigh street scene, barefoot kids crowded
around the entrance to a roller coaster in a suburban park, or an
ad for a ranch-style motor court with a swimming pool out front.
’ 52 had collecting in
his blood. For a while
it was old currency —
not the national kind
but that issued by
local banks and even
mills. Another collector once asked him if
he’d be interested in
postcards of the old
banks in North Carolina towns. “It just
there,” Barbour said.
A vacation usually
revolved around a