Uncle Bob's Travels

Places I've hung out in, sometimes briefly.

Archive for the month “November, 2016”

Downtown Rogersville

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The date in ink on the back: 6/4/1963.  That looks like a ’59 Cadillac on the right, so that’s probably in the ballpark.  Unfortunately, unless you were standing at the press and wrote the date on the back with the card in your hot little hand, it doesn’t mean a lot.  Cards hung around for years in drug stores, waiting for a wayward tourist or, in this case, a card collector to happen by.

This is another chrome, published by Haynes Distributing Company of Roanoke and printed by Dexter in West Nyack, NY.  Haynes was active in this area in the early 60s.

Joyce L. Haynes, naturally, took the photo.  She took a lot of pictures for the company.

Virginia Intermont College Bristol, Virginia

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This was Virginia Intermont College in 1949 or 1950. The Curt Teich inventory number OC-H463 dates the card to 1950.
On the back:

left, horizontal: Bristol News Agency, Bristol, Tenn.
upper left: Virginia Intermont College, Bristol, Virginia  An accredited and endowed Junior College for girls.  The 360 boarding and 140 day students – capacity enrollment – come from most of the states in the U.S. and many foreign lands.  The college campus with stately buildings and grove of native oaks is located in the midst of the beautiful mountains round about Bristol
center credit line: Genuine Curteich-Chicago “C.T. Art-Colortone” post card (reg. u.s. pat. off.)

The card is, in my opinion, rather sloppily done.  Curt Teich was capable of much better product.  It appears a lot of airbrush work was done, plus the adding the dark line around the campus area.

Tate Springs Inn, Kingswood School, Bean Station TN

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The top card is from the 1930s, C.T. American Art Colored (that’s just a phase Curt Teich Post Cards was going through in the 30s), published by Asheville Post Card Co., Asheville, N.C.
This is the bathhouse/swimming pool.  The big Tate Springs Hotel is behind the photographer.  Look closely, there are quite a few people enjoying a sunny day.  On the back (undated) is “Dear Mrs. Nance Please accept my thanks to you and the entire class for the beautiful flowers and the ice cream.  I hope to be with  you soon. Much Love, Louise”  Address is Mrs. A.M. Nance, Rutledge, Tenn.  The numbers are in a different hand (the pencil lead is chipped, too).  The one cent stamp places it in the right decade, too.

The bottom card, certainly just a decade younger, shows no people (they could have easily been airbrushed out), but all else seems to be the same.  It’s linen-finished, also published by Asheville Post Card Company and I thought it was also printed by Curt Teich, but the inventory number doesn’t fit.  This one also refers to Kingswood as being “near Morristown”, while the top one refers to “Tate Springs, Tenn.”

Morristown TN High School

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Morristown High School in 1950.  It’s now Morristown East.
Anyway, I was puzzled about this picture.  The inventory number, lower right on the front, dates this card to 1950; however, the primary source for information on this school (Wikipedia) gives a date 1955 for the addition of that 3rd floor.  Sounded kind of wrong to me, because the building looks to be fully developed as it. Then, I ran across this picture .  The school was built in 1923 and that black-and-white image is from the ’30s.  Maybe there was a 3rd story added somewhere, but I don’t think it was here.  Btw, Morristown High School is the oldest accredited high school in Tennessee.

The card was published by Blackburn News Agency in Kingsport, but it’s a Genuine Curteich-Chicago “C.T. Art-Colortone” post card (Reg. U.S. Pat. Off.).  It’s in fairly good shape, despite the staining on the back.

 

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