Uncle Bob's Travels

Places I've hung out in, sometimes briefly.

Archive for the month “June, 2019”

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.

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