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Announcing the first flight
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 1.7
Telegram sent by the Wright brothers to their father, announcing their first successful flight in December 1903.
Format: article
Antebellum North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the antebellum period (1830–1860). Topics include slavery, daily life, agriculture, industry, technology, and the arts, as well as the events leading to secession and civil war.
Format: book (multiple pages)
The atomic bomb
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 9.2
This article describes the use and effects of the atomic bomb by the U.S. Army on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, in August 1945.
Format: article
Bamboo pipe leading from water wheel to irrigate wet-rice field at Mai Chau
Bamboo pipe leading from water wheel to irrigate wet-rice field at Mai Chau
A bamboo pipe leading from a nearby water wheel irrigates a wet-rice field at Mai Chau. Water is pouring out of the bamboo pipe at left and dropping down to a lower elevation field containing unripe rice plants needing irrigation.
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Bamboo water wheel irrigating rice fields at Mai Chau
Bamboo water wheel irrigating rice fields at Mai Chau
A bamboo water wheel is being used to irrigate rice fields at Mai Chau. The current of the stream turns the large wheel. Curved bamboo slats set at the circumference of the wheel lift water from the stream and, as the wheel turns, dump water into a bamboo...
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Bonsack cigarette rolling machine
Bonsack cigarette rolling machine
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Call Box
Call Box
This photograph shows an oak cabinet with a glass front hanging on a wall. It was part of an elaborate servants call system. Beneath the glass on the cabinet are raised small arrows that pointed to the room from which the call originated. Battery-powered electric...
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Call Buttons
Call Buttons
This photograph shows a servants' call button station located on a dark paneled wall in Biltmore House. There are two round flat white buttons placed vertically on a metal, rectangular, wall plate. The top button has the words “Butler's Pantry”...
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Carpentry skills
In Rice farming and rural life in Vietnam, page 18
Carpenters in highland villages generally work with hand tools, using no electricity. Metal parts, generally now imported from the cities, are either forged in the village or bought pre-made from blacksmiths in larger towns. The man shown here is using a large...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Ceramic tile roofs of houses in Hoi An
Ceramic tile roofs of houses in Hoi An
A view of the ceramic tile roofs of houses in Hoi An also shows the area's suspended electric lines and surrounding vegetation. Coconut trees are visible in the background. Interlocking ceramic tiles are used to roof cement houses in many areas of Southeast...
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Civil War casualties
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 4.12
Historians estimate that about 620,000 Americans died in the Civil War -- almost as many as have died in all other U.S. wars combined. This article explains why.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Combine
Combine
An old-style combine (reaper and thresher) in Australia.
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Corn husks drying on a porch
Corn husks drying on a porch
On the trail between Ghorepaani and Taatopaani, Nepal, corn husks are drying on and around the porch of a house. The pottery on the porch is used for making beer. Traditionally beer and wine is manufactured locally in Nepal, but in recent years imported products...
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Corn storage
Corn storage
On the trail between Ghorepaani and Taatopaani, Nepal, three houses stand on a mountain — two above the trekking trail and one below it. A raised corn storage platform can be seen to the right side of the uppermost house. The corn storage is a traditional...
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Cutting wheat with a cradle
Cutting wheat with a cradle
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Dumbwaiter
Dumbwaiter
A color photograph of the interior of a dumbwaiter. The dumbwaiter holds a copper serving set and a bouquet of flowers.
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Elevator Controls
Elevator Controls
A color photograph of the brass antique elevator controls in Biltmore Estate. The control is a handle that moves in a 90 degree arc, with two switches for on/off and emergency run/stop.
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Elevator shaft view
Elevator shaft view
A color photograph of the inside of an elevator shaft. The shaft is made of wood and metal.
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Eli Whitney and the cotton gin
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 2.4
In 1794, inventor Eli Whitney patented his cotton gin, a machine for removing seeds from cotton. The invention made cotton production -- and with it, slave labor -- far more profitable, and it helped to cement the South's status as an agricultural region and a slave society.
Format: article
Firing position
Firing position
World War I photograph was titled "Huge Seige Guns of the Central Powers Used in the Smashing of Forts," and captioned "Firing position of one of the monster Austrian 30.5 centimeter guns, before the impact of whose projectiles the stoutest masonry crumbles."
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