Uncle Bob's Travels

Places I've hung out in, sometimes briefly.

Archive for the category “Ephemera/Postcards”

Sutton Hall, Millligan College

Sutton Hall, as it appeared in the early 60s.  The Unknown Collector acquired this card in 1962, which is probably around the time the picture was taken.  The caption on the back calls it “one of the newer buildings on the campus”.  Joyce Haynes took the photo.  Published by Haynes Publishing Company in Roanoke.  Printed by Dexter of West Nyack NY.
The building is much changed now.

Hawkins County Memorial Hospital

This view of the hospital probably dates to the year after it opened; although, I can’t imagine any hospital having a completely empty parking lot, at any time.  The date in ink on the top of the card is when The Unknown Collector acquired the card.  TUC seems to have collected Haynes Publishing cards, for some reason.

The hospital certainly looks different today.

How Natural Tunnel Used to Look

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This is how the area looked before it became a state park in the late 60s.
The railroad built the line through this tunnel is 1893.  Can you imagine what the area around this tunnel looked like in the latter days of the 19th century?
To its credit, the park service has done good job in making the tunnel accessible, but not dangerously so.

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The acquisition date across the bottom is misleading, I think.  I’d date this card to the early 50s.  The tunnel, btw, is not 1557′ long…it’s 850′.

Greetings from Boone

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Actually, it’s “Greetings from North Carolina”.  It was cheaper to order these overprinted cards than setting up a whole new Boone postcard.  Thrift is good, but there’s really no memorial to the First Flight in Boone.  Oh, it’s the sentiment, you see.
This is an Asheville Post Card issue from, maybe, the early 50s.  It has clear inventory numbers, but I can’t tell what company actually printed the card.  Numbers with nothing to relate to are just wild in nature.

Two cards with a difference

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These two Asheville Post Card Company issues are both titled ” J.C. 85 GARDEN SCENE ON CAMPUS OF MILLIGAN COLLEGE, MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TENNESSEE”.  However, the top one has an inventory number of 90271 and the bottom one, E-7426 (I have yet to find any list of dates for APPC inventory numbers).

See how the same picture, more than likely originally a black-and-white shot, has been airbrushed differently in the two issues.  The top card is not postmarked, but the word “Post Card” on the back is in a typeface that was used in the 60s.  The bottom card is postmarked with a 1947 date.  Here are the backs of the same cards:

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I see this a lot.  The original picture was probably taken after WWII.  When someone ordered up a run of this card later on, APPC just recycled the picture and adjusted the colors to create a different-looking card.

B-23 Kings Mountain Memorial Hospital, Bristol, VA.-Tenn.

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I used to drive past this edifice back in the early 2000s.  It was derelict then and I used to wonder when someone would have mercy on the once gracious building and take it down.  That happened in 2008.  It had taken 20 years for the Sycamore Shoals DAR to scrape up the money to build this hospital, which opened up in 1925, taking the place of a smaller St. Luke’s hospital over on 10th Street (that hospital had been built in 1908).  This hospital was made redundant in 1953 when up went Bristol Memorial Hospital, which met its Waterloo when the remote Bristol Regional Medical Center was built in 1994.

This is standard, run-of-the-mill Asheville Post Card Company issue, early 50s, probably.  There is a car in the picture, behind the tree.  Inventory number of the card is E-4666.

Dale Neely Bridge

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This card took me a couple of hours to sort out.  I first learned that this bridge, over Watauga Lake, has been known as Butler Memorial Bridge since before 1960 (the earliest topo map I could find).  However, when the picture of this bridge was taken, in 1949 probably* the bridge was called the Dale Neely Bridge, named for the Dale Neely Branch near its southern abutment.  Note that the card refers to it as “Dale-Neely”, as if it were named for two people.  That’s not uncommon.  Asheville Post Card Company called the library in Johnson City the “Mayne-Williams” library.

Watauga Dam was completed in 1948 and this bridge was constructed in 1948.  “Dale Neely” was either a provisional name, or possibly the name of the lower bridge that this one replaced, which was later quietly brushed aside to provide a memorial for the town of Butler, lo, these many years beneath the waters of the lake.   Everything you would ever want to know about this bridge is here.

*The card was printed by Curt Teich in Chicago.  Its inventory number is OC-H449. “OC” indicates 1950 as the year of its printing.

Island View, Bluff City

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Interesting card.  It was mailed in Bluff City September 5, 1907 at 10:00 am and arrived in Elizabethton the same day at 3:00 pm.  10 miles in 5 hours.  Today, the postcard would go through Knoxville and take, maybe, 24 hours to get to its destination.  Because progress.

It’s a lithograph printed in Germany, as were most of the better postcards before the beginning of WWI, and was distributed by Souvenir Post Card Company in New York, NY.  The company went under the Souvenir name from 1905 to 1914, so this is an early issue.

I don’t know when the island became “Island Park”.  On the 1935 USGS topo map, it carries that name, with the bridge in the same place.  There was a race track there for a couple of years after WWII.  Well, nearly any town or city worth its salt had a race track around that time…

This photograph was taken on a very cold winter day.  There’s snow on the ground and you can see reflections on the ice on the river.  There’s also a small house a little above middle left, under the two fir trees.
My thought is that the Island of the title is on the right with just the tip of it showing.  The view is due east, as far as I can tell.  This is the original, non-dammed, dangerous Holston River.

I don’t know the significance of the bee that’s shown in the “C” of PostCard.  I’ll keep looking.

53 Years Ago

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“Aerial View -East Tennessee State College, Johnson City, Tenn” (in Brushscript typeface, no less)
Someone penned in the date 10, 4, 1964 on the back.  That’s more than likely when this card was acquired.  I suspect the picture was taken in 1963, given the turnaround time it took then to get a postcard printed and back in the hands of the local outlets.

It was sold by Haynes Distributing of Roanoke (Dexter printed it).  Most of the cards I see from Haynes show Joyce L. Haynes as the photographer, but this one was taken by their other salesperson in this area, C. H. Ruth.

I was over at ETSU the other month and happened to be an area where I was pretty close to that old chimney.  I got a real rush of nostalgia recalling standing in the more-or-less same spot when I was, maybe, 16 years old, listening to my older brother, who was attending ETSC at the time.  He was telling me that TruAde was better for me than Coca-Cola because it had less sugar.  It actually didn’t, but I still thought it was gross.

He was a great guy.  I miss him.

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.

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