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Cape Fear Oil Company Dock - Southport, NC

Cape Fear Oil Company Dock - Southport, NC

Cape Fear Oil Company Dock - Southport, NC - Zoom

Cape Fear Oil Company Dock - Southport, NC - Ghost

Cape Fear Oil Company Dock - Southport, NC - Reverse

Availability: Rare (See Definition Below)

Approximate Value: $50-$100

Year of Publication (Approximate): 1910s

Preprinted Postcard Text (Front): Fish Docks - Southport, NC

Preprinted Postcard Text (Back): None

Published By: P.O. Leggett

Postmark: Never Mailed

Postage: Never Mailed

Sent/Addressed To: Never Mailed

Editor's Notes: A unique feature to note about this card is the faceless man stepping out of his boat and onto the dock. Is this a ghost or apparition? Was it intended to represent fishermen who have died at sea in the Southport area? Or is this just a simple printing error? It would be unusual to print a postcard with a faceless person, especially in the 1910s, and it is equally unlikely that this was a printing error that went unnoticed. Draw your own conclusion about this unique aspect of this postcard.

Postcard Acquired: August 28, 2012 from Roanoke, VA

Availability Scale: We have loosely defined 4 categories of availability for classifying postcards in our collection. There are many degrees of availability within each main category and the opinion of availability is subjective. These 4 main categories have been created to convey to the reader the approximate availability of a postcard within our collection. The availability is subject to change as new research comes to light.

  • Common - A common postcard is one where many examples are known to exist. Most modern postcards are considered common due to the large numbers of cards published and distributed.
  • Uncommon - An uncommon postcard is one that does not surface often. There may be many examples of an uncommon card in circulation, but just not as readily available as a common card.
  • Scarce - A scarce postcard is one that is hardly ever seen outside of a few well known postcard collections such as The Southport Times' Collection, the New Hanover County Public Library's North Carolina Collection or the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's North Carolina Collection.
  • Rare - A rare postcard is a postcard where only 1 or 2 examples are known to exist. Cards in this category may not even exist in the largest and most complete collections. Cards in this category have extremely low publication rates and extremely low distribution rates, adding to the rarity of the card.

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