Uncle Bob's Travels

Places I've hung out in, sometimes briefly.

Odd Choice of Books

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(taken in October, 2014)

Middlesboro KY

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The movies advertised on the marquee, Teen Age Rebel and Stagecoach to Fury, both came out in 1956.  The national park mentioned is the 24,000 acre Cumberland Gap National Park, which opened in 1959.

Colourpicture Publishers was in business in Boston between 1938 and 1969, but began using the Plastichrome trademark in the 1950s.

As far as I can tell, Adams Specialty Company in Nashville no longer exists.

Jack Inman is, or was, a photographer working in Middlesboro.

Mountain Motel, Boone NC

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This black-and-white postcard is from the 40s, after the war.  A later image of this business shows all buildings with sloping roofs.

Cullom & Chertner was a publishing firm in Nashville.  Apparently, after the war, they kept a sales office in Atlanta.

Water damage.  Otherwise in fair condition.

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…

Great Prices!

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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.

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