Uncle Bob's Travels

Places I've hung out in, sometimes briefly.

Sinking Creek Baptist Church

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This card is neither unusual or rare.  Nice card, though.  Printed by Koppel Color Cards in New Jersey.  If you know about this church, you know that, in October, 2017, an SUV rolled into the building.  It has since been repaired. The church, not the SUV…

DeBusk Fireplaces

This is the house:

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As far as I know, this was the residence of the family that ran DeBusk Mill/Ebbing Springs Roller Mill in Washington County VA.  It’s just across the road (it also supplied electricity to this house).  When we were there several years ago, the structure was derelict and heavily vandalized.  I regarded it as unsafe, but I did want to record the fireplaces, different in each room.  So, I crept in, crunching on broken glass and stepping on sagging floorboards. I don’t know if I got them all…I chickened out when it came to venturing into one or two rooms.  The mill dates back to the late 1800s.  It’s possible this house does, too.  I hear it’s being restored.

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I hope they stayed warm.

 

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Taken in 2014 in Cumberland KY

Wimpy’s in Richlands

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No lie, this card’s had some hard handling.
But the card itself is interesting in that these once-loved roadhouses are almost all gone now.  I’d say the date of the photograph is late 50s, judging from the cars.  I think that’s a ’56 Ford, the blue one, on the right.  In front is a yellow ’53 Chevrolet Bel Air.  Note, I’m no way an expert on car models.  If I’m wrong, shoot me a comment.

It was printed by Koppel Color Card Company in Hawthorne NJ.  The rounded corners are unusual.

Vardy TN

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The Vardy Museums in Hancock County, just over Newman’s Ridge from Sneedville.  The 411 is here.

Forks of the River

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This is called “Forks of the River”, east of Knoxville TN.  Above the rivers, to the left, is where the community of Asbury now sits.  High in the center, the white spot, is a marble quarry that has been active since the late 1800s.  The marble is called Tennessee marble and lacks the crystallization of true marble.  I read this.  Personally, I can’t tell the difference between marble and peat moss.

The card, printed by Curt Teich of Chicago and distributed by Asheville Post Card Company, dates to before 1952,  when the price of a stamp went to two cents.

Bristol, Tenn.- Va.

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Postmarked 1906 – front

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1906 – reverse

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1916 postmarked – front

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1916 card – reverse

Same picture, 10 years and two postal eras apart.

Note that there’s been quite a bit of retouching on the 1916 postmarked card.  In the top card, there are power/telephone poles and liners, plus part of a sign on the tall building on the left.  All that’s gone in the circa-1916 card.  Using a lens, it’s easy to see how the publishing company colored in the bricks and the greenery in the background, but left most of the lower part untouched.

Southwest Virginia 4-H Center

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This was in 1962.

Pennington Gap VA

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There is only printer information on the backs of these standard post cards.  The top card, printed by Artvue (still in business in New York), has the date AUG 29 1949 stamped on the back (looks like a rubber stamp dater).  The other two, by Dexter Press in Pearl River NY, date to the mid-40s, based on similar postmarked cards from Dexter I have in my collection.

The Parkway

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This is in West Jefferson NC.  The classic design, a complete remodel, was completed in 1978.  It’s still very much in business.

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