Broadsides, or broadsheets, single sheets of paper with printed text on one or both sides, were used in England as early as 1575 to communicate various kinds of information. The earliest known broadside printed in North Carolina, probably at the press of public printer  James Davis  in New Bern, appeared in 1757. It was a proclamation from royal governor Arthur Dobbs  prohibiting the payment of taxes  with notes or bills issued by James Murray  and John Rutherfurd. Broadsides often dealt with strictly local matters such as politics , crime, religion , business , slavery , railroads , canals , education , real estate , military affairs, and upcoming entertainments.
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Douglas C. McMurtrie, Eighteenth Century North Carolina Imprints, 1749-1800 (1938).
Broadsides at Documenting the American South, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. http://docsouth.unc.edu/global/result.html?term=Broadsides. 
"Miscellaneous Broadsides, 1814-1979." Southern Historical Collection. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/m/Misc.Broadsides.html 
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Broadside advertising the Bingham Camp for tourists at Mebane, ca. 1930. North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library.
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