Uncle Bob's Travels

Places I've hung out in or just neat postcards

Archive for the category “Photography by Bob Lawrence”

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.

Pennington Gap VA

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There is only printer information on the backs of these standard post cards.  The top card, printed by Artvue (still in business in New York), has the date AUG 29 1949 stamped on the back (looks like a rubber stamp dater).  The other two, by Dexter Press in Pearl River NY, date to the mid-40s, based on similar postmarked cards from Dexter I have in my collection.

The Parkway

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This is in West Jefferson NC.  The classic design, a complete remodel, was completed in 1978.  It’s still very much in business.

Greeneville, Again

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A venerable organization founded in 1950 (the same year George Clem school opened) and incorporated in 1951.  The incorporation is now listed as “inactive”.

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This is also on Davis Street.

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I like Doors With Character.  This one is on Summer Street.newburley

This is actually a very large building. This is just the frontage on Summer Street.  You don’t see many of these around anymore still bearing the “tobacco whse.” sign, but Greeneville had them thick on the ground in the last century.

The Ritz Theatre

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Clinton TN.  Read all about it here.  Fine building!

Cow Tanks

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These contain milk for Ashe County Cheese , Inc., in West Jefferson NC.  I wanted to try some of their cheese, but the town was having an outdoor antique show the day I went and the retail outlet for the cheese was absolutely jam packed.  I am calm and I am patient, but I wasn’t going to wait that long to secure some cheese when a rain storm was coming up and I had to walk back to the car.  Maybe the next time I’m in West Jefferson (muffled laughter off)…

Asheville Outdoor Art

These are a sampling of some of the incredible outdoor art/murals/graffiti we ambled through, amazed at the quality of the work.  We were in the River Arts District off Lyman into the area around Old Lyman and Foundry Streets, where a dozen or so old buildings are almost completely covered with artwork.  Some, like the Homer one below, speak of much planning and expertise.  This stuff isn’t Banksy, but it’s choice.  Hats off to these artists!

If any of these artists would like credit for their work, comment me and I’ll add it to this page.

The Magic

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The Magic Theatre in Barbourville KY.  There’s an article about it here.

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