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What North Carolina’s Major Cities Looked Like In The 1940s May Shock You

There’s nothing like looking at old photographs. The feeling of nostalgia and a longing for different times just washes over you. Thanks to Yale Photogrammar, a true time capsule exists from some of the best photographers of the Great Depression and post-WWII era. Their photographs speak volumes about a different time – for North Carolinians, and for the U.S. in general. While North Carolina has both big cities and sprawling countrysides, these photos focus on what our cities looked like in the past, and it’s truly fascinating.

Wow! I find that simply amazing and now I’m just itching to dig up more photographs. Did you spot any familiar buildings or places? It’s amazing to think of how much our cities have changed. What did you think of the images? Did they bring back any memories for you?

Emory Rakestraw
Emory was born and raised in North Carolina. She enjoys writing, photography, filmmaking, travel, wine and cheese. You can find more of her work on emoryrakestraw.com