collected for a
long time, and in
he has the only
“writing side.” He likes the way some old
ones leave more questions than answers.
And he feels good about where the
collection is now.
“The breadth and depth — Durwood
collected for many years, and in many
instances he has the only known copy,”
said Bob Anthony, curator of the North
who thinks it’s the
largest set of cards
focused on the state.
He said book illustrators and historians
will find it valuable,
and the curious will
see aspects of their
seen anywhere else.
It is a serious
chronicle of North
Carolina — a Sunday afternoon at
… a logging camp
and a turpentine still
… the way familiar
churches and factories looked before
the towns grew up
around them … a dirt path, now long
since bricked, that connected Carolina’s
— David E. Brown ’ 75
DAN SEARS ’ 74
Many of the postcards in the Durwood
Barbour Collection are viewable online at
“North Carolina Postcards,” a Web site
prepared by the North Carolina Collection.
To view this and other digital collections
published by the UNC Library, go to