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Places I've hung out in, sometimes briefly.

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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.

Beacon Motel

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The Beacon Motel, probably in the 50s.  So you won’t have to squint, here’s what all that on the back reads:

BEACON MOTEL
U.S. Route 11, 5 1/2 Mi. N. of Bristol, Va. Tenn.  Air Conditioned Year Round –  Tile Baths –  Free Television –  Hardwood Floors – Near Howard Johnson’s Restaurant.  Telephone North – 506L.

Pub. by Fred W. Stanley,  Johnson City, Tenn.
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Genuine Natural Color, Made by Dexter Press, Inc. West Nyack, N. Y.

(under the “Place Stamp Here” is the Dexter logo)

Comment:  Howard Johnson’s had killer ice cream sundaes.
The Hogwild place on West Stone Drive in Kingsport started out as a Howard Johnson’s.

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