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Middlesboro KY

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The movies advertised on the marquee, Teen Age Rebel and Stagecoach to Fury, both came out in 1956.  The national park mentioned is the 24,000 acre Cumberland Gap National Park, which opened in 1959.

Colourpicture Publishers was in business in Boston between 1938 and 1969, but began using the Plastichrome trademark in the 1950s.

As far as I can tell, Adams Specialty Company in Nashville no longer exists.

Jack Inman is, or was, a photographer working in Middlesboro.

Coal Building

This is in Middlesboro KY.  I thought the building was interesting, faced in coal and such.  I emailed a polite request for information on the building.  Never got an answer.  Incidentally, this was taken on a Saturday.  The Chamber of Commerce was closed, locked and latched.

Anyway, the structure was built in 1926 using 42 tons of bituminous coal (which is 2.6 tons more than the person in the 1946 Merle Travis hit “Sixteen Tons” loaded.  Incidentally, George S. Davis claimed to have written the song in the 1930s as “Nine-to-Ten Tons”.  Check it out here).  That title is more general, since “number 9 coal” apparently refers to a particular seam of coal in Kentucky (there are multiple other claims to origin).
I know that Tennessee Ernie Ford (“Old Ern” from Bristol TN/VA) recorded this in 1955, but his version is generally considered to be more jazz than country.
And, man, could Tennessee Ernie sing hymns.  Better than George Beverly Shea and without the strange pronunciation of words, like “lard” for “Lord”.

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