Our friends from Charlotte.Stories.com stumbled across this little gem in the US National Archives. It's the first ever professionally produced tourism video for North Carolina back in the 1950's.
The video was originally sponsored by Esso Standard Oil Company and was published with the following description:
“The grandeur of the Great Smokies, the rolling beauty of the Blue Ridge, the historic North Carolina coast are brought to the screen in superb natural color. You’ll visit Manteo, to witness scenes from the “Lost Colony” pageant. You’ll explore the picturesque but little known Outer Banks. You’ll see and hear one of the famous tobacco auctioneers as he conducts a tobacco sale. You’ll be shown a panorama of year-round sports, against a back-drop of gorgeous scenery from mountain top to blue sea.”
Go see more historic photos of Charlotte in CharlotteStories.com's Historic Photos of Uptown Charlotte article here.