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Outer Banks History Center Postcard Collection


The Outer Banks History Center Postcard Collection was assembled over a period of several years by Outer Banks History Center staff. The postcards primarily document the North Carolina tourism industry, with a particular focus on Dare County and eastern North Carolina. The collection contains approximately 1,000 postcards, ranging in size from standard 3.5" by 5.5." up to 7" by 11.5".

Title

Outer Banks History Center Postcard Collection

Collection Number

AV.5277

Date(s)

1905-2005

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Language

English

Physical Description
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Abstract

The Outer Banks History Center Postcard Collection was assembled over a period of several years by Outer Banks History Center staff. The postcards primarily document the North Carolina tourism industry, with a particular focus on Dare County and eastern North Carolina. The collection contains approximately 1,000 postcards, ranging in size from standard 3.5" by 5.5." up to 7" by 11.5".

Physical Location

18E1

Creator

Outer Banks History Center

Repository

Outer Banks History Center


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Processed by Outer Banks History Center staff.


The Outer Banks History Center Postcard Collection was assembled over a period of several years by Outer Banks History Center staff. The postcards primarily document the North Carolina tourism industry, with a particular focus on Dare County and eastern North Carolina. Additionally, several postcards from the states of Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. are included.


This collection was assembled by Outer Banks History Center staff from postcards contributed by several donors, including some anonymous or unknown donors. Most of the postcards in this collection were donated by David Stick (1987), Shirley L. Mays (1989) Drew Wilson, or the Dare County Tourist Bureau (1995). Two postcards (Old Windmill on Roanoke Island and Scuppernong Grapevine) were donated by Hubert Ambrose in December 1992. Several Manteo postcards, circa 1930s, were donated by Sarah Owens at an unknown date. Additionally, many of the more recent postcards in the collection were received or sent by Outer Banks History Center staff members.


[Identification of item], AV.5277, Outer Banks History Center Postcard Collection, Outer Banks History Center, Manteo, NC, U.S.A.


Multiple sources. See custodial history note for more information.


The Outer Banks History Center Postcard Collection, 1905-2005, contains approximately 1,000 postcards from the Outer Banks, other areas of North Carolina, and the eastern United States. Most of the postcards are standard 3.5" by 5.5.", although sizes up to 7" by 11.5" ("Giant" postcards), including about ten panoramic postcards, are included. The majority of the postcards are blank, but several contain personal messages and are postmarked to or from Outer Banks residents. In addition to individual postcards, this collection also includes several booklets of related postcards (primarily scenes from the Dare County coast and other tourist destinations). Postcards are color, black and white, or sepia toned.

Most heavily represented in the collection are postcards related to Roanoke Island, which include scenes from the Lost Colony, the Elizabethan Gardens, Fort Raleigh, and buildings in downtown Manteo. Postcards from Currituck County include three early 20th-century scenes of Pine Island (Currituck Banks, North Carolina), including the Baum Family house, Pine Island Clubhouse, and a horse and buggy on Pine Island beach.


  • Postcards--North Carolina--Dare County
  • Postcards--North Carolina
  • Tourism--North Carolina
  • Tourism--Virginia
  • Vacations--North Carolina
  • North Carolina--Description and travel
  • Outer Banks (N.C.)--History
  • Outer Banks (N.C.)--Pictorial works
  • Outer Banks (N.C.)--Social life and customs
  • Pine Island (N.C.)
  • Roanoke Island (N.C.)--History