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Staff from the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer showing off their Panthers pride.

Staff from the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer
showing off their Panthers pride.

Governor Pat McCrory today made a wager with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper over this weekend’s Super Bowl between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos.

If the Panthers prevail as Governor McCrory predicts, Hickenlooper will donate Colorado products to North Carolina food banks and animal shelters. In the unlikely event that the Panther lose, Governor McCrory will donate North Carolina turkey products to Colorado food banks and animals shelters.

Two state historic sites and the North Carolina Zoo have followed Governor McCrory’s lead by either accepting or making friendly wagers with their counterparts in Colorado.

Zoo Directors Put State Pride On The Line

The North Carolina Zoo accepted the Denver Zoo’s Super Bowl challenge. The losing zoo’s director will be welcoming visitors next week in the winning team’s jersey.

Transportation Museums Participate in Turntable Challenge

The North Carolina Transportation Museum will deck out its diesel engines in Broncos regalia with staff riding the turntable while singing the Broncos fight song if the Panthers lose, in addition to supplying to the Colorado Railroad Museum with a number of the Tar Heel State’s favorite foods.

This afternoon the Colorado museum accepted NCTM’s challenge.

Gold ore is being wagered by the Reed Gold Mine..

Gold ore is being wagered by the Reed Gold Mine..

Mine Museums Wager Gold

North Carolina and Colorado are connected through the spread of gold discoveries across the United States during the 19th century, and Reed Gold Mine and the Western Museum of Mining and Industry are raising the stakes on Super Bowl wagers by putting a gold ore specimen valued between $40 and $50 on the line.

Discounted Admission for #PanthersPride

To celebrate the Panthers and help get everyone in the team spirit, the North Carolina Zoo will be offering $2 off admission to guests wearing Panthers’ gear now through Sunday.

The North Carolina Aquariums at Pine Knoll Shores and Fort Fisher and Jennette’s Pier will be offering $1 off admission to visitors in Panthers’ gear Sunday only.

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With the Super Bowl right around the corner, the talk has turned to which commercials will get the most coverage. We thought this was the perfect opportunity to showcase some unique advertising-related artifacts from North Carolina’s past in our collections.

Though our collections contain hundreds of ads to to choose from, we’ve narrowed it down to four of our favorites and given you links to where you can see more.

1. An ad from the 1937 N.C. State Fair Premium List for 7-Up. The ad is now part of the State Government Publications Collection of the State Library. Check out more ads from that collection here.

State Fair 1937

2. A 1954 magazine ad for Camel Cigarettes featuring actor William Holden. The ad is now part of the collection of the N.C. Historic Sites.

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3. 3-D glasses—now in the collection of the N.C. Museum of History— that were used to view an ad Coca-Cola ran during halftime of the 1989 Super Bowl.
 3-D Glasses

4. A window display from Brantley’s Drug Store in Raleigh, circa 1940. This image is now in the State Archives. See more images from the Archives here.

Brantley's Drug Store

If the actual football game is more your style, we’ve got you covered there too. Check out Carl Eller’s visor from Super Bowl XI (played in 1977) and this penalty flag from Super Bowl XXXIII (played in 1999), both now in the collection of the N.C. Museum of History.

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