Dam!

 

It’s rare to find a postcard with a blatant grammatical error in the first two words of the description on the back.  “Heavy buttresses impounds…”  My Adam’s apple bobs up and down as I hesitantly raise a trembling hand to voice that, generally, the subject and the verb should agree.

Anyway, this picture was taken in the early to mid-60s.  The dam was actually finished in 1917 (100 years ago! Go, dam!).  You’re looking at a pile of rocks holding back over 100 million gallons of water.  After the Boone Dam imbroglio, a crew came in and inspected this dam.  It’s holding up quite well.

Credit line is Photo by John Sullins.  It was printed by International Graphics, Inc. in Hollywood FL.

Skoby’s World Ashtray

There’s nothing particularly special about this 3,5″ x 3.5″ ashtray.  There were probably hundreds made during the two or so decades Skoby’s World was in business.  The unusual thing is that it showed up in a sports equipment – clothing – antique store in downtown Pound (across from the Pixie – and don’t even come up to the ordering window with a cigarette!*).

*For the few of you who haven’t passed through Pound recently:  there’s a handwritten sign by the ordering window at the Pixie warning cigarette-smoking citizens to keep away.  Not smoking?  Order away!

Warriors’ Path State Park

 

This is how the Park looked in the early 1960s.  It was published by Roanoke’s Haynes Distributing Company. The company did a photo run through our area in the early 1960s and C. H. Ruth seems to have been their go-to guy for airplane shots.   These cards are called “chromes”, since Kodachrome was the film of choice then.

I’d heard a story that this park grabbed the State Park designation from what is now Steele Creek Park (it was going to be Watauga State Park) in Bristol and, thus, left Bristolians sad and bereft.  The dates don’t add up, though.  There were plans to make Steele Creek a State Park, but organizers had given up on that in 1945.  The land for WPSP was acquired from TVA in 1952, a year before the dam was completed.

Steele Creek Park, a city park, came about in 1964.  Many Bristolians I’ve talked to have fond memories of enjoying this park when they were kids.  It’s still just fine.  Good hiking trails!  And a LOT of ducks.

 

Sixty-six Years Ago

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Dobyns-Bennett High School. This card, luckily, was printed by Curt Teich in Chicago and I can read the inventory number to tell when it was printed: 1951. The photo may have been taken in 1950. Again, the coloring is false (the photo was taken in black and white), though the application at the printing company hewed to notes taken by the photographer.  Any automobiles or other distractions may have been edited out.

It was published by Blackburn News Agency in Kingsport.

The linen finish on the front, applied during the printing process, is rather heavy handed.  I know the company experimented with different linen patterns at times, so this may have been a new plate.

Our Venerable Civic Auditorium

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This is a Haynes Publishing postcard (printed by Dexter) from the mid-60s.  When the photo was taken, this barrel-roofed building was over 40 years old; it was finished in 1940 as the Kingsport Civic Auditorium and Armory.  It was built under the Public Works Administration.  If the resolution of the image were better, I might be able to read more of the sign, but I think it’s for a wrestling match. I checked the Times-News archives, but couldn’t match anything up.

I wonder if all the armor, since it’s no longer an “armory, is now down at the library…