Uncle Bob's Travels

Places I've hung out in, sometimes briefly.

Archive for the category “Ephemera/Postcards”

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.

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.

 

State Street, Bristol TN/VA

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Here we are in Bristol on State Street in the 1920s, looking west.  This is an E.C. Kropp Co. of Milwaukee issue, inventory number 19310. It’s number 10 in a series. I don’t have access to the inventory records of this company, but I can guess, from other examples of Kropp inventory numbers on dated cards on the internet, that this number falls in the 20s.
The card required a 1 cent stamp, which places it between 1919 and 1925 (the postal rate was 2 cents during the war, then 1 cent after the war ended, then 2 cents again in 1925).
And the cars look 20s-style to me.
Also, it’s a crappy card.  It’s half-tone printed, originally a black-and-white image that was tinted at the publishing company.  Note that the shadows indicate that the sun is nearly overhead, but the tinting of the sky makes it look like a sunset.

Wiley Oakley Postcard

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This is one of those deals in which the back of the card is more important than the front.  It’s from Wiley Oakley, the “Roamin’ Man of the Mountains”, a master tracker and woodsman.  His knowledge of the area around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was legendary.
I can’t really make out the date on the postmark.  At first, I thought it was “1931”.  Now, the Curt Teich published card carries the alphanumeric code: 4A-H696.  This, I think, puts the card issuance as 1934 or so, which is when the Park officially came into existence.  I think the postmark wasn’t fully imprinted and the line I thought was a “1” is really just the left part of an incomplete number.  I can’t find any “Wilmott” associated with the Staten Island Museum (still in business).

So, anyway, Wiley writes: “arived (sic) safe and sound last night.  this was some trip up east.  I enjoyed my stay with you very much.  Will write you later again. having to do a lot of talking. yours wiley oakley”

Mailed to” Mr. Wilmott c/o Staten Island Museum, Staten Island, New York”

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