Welcome To North Carolina – Tourism Video From The Early 1950s


North Carolina has always been a state that’s thrived on tourism and an incredible business climate.

We recently found this video from the US National Archives highlighting all the great things our state offered back in the 1950s – this was one of our state’s first professionally produced tourism videos:

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.”

If you’d like to see more history of Charlotte, check out our Historic Photos of Uptown Charlotte article here.

Spread the word if you love the Tar Heel State!