Monthly Archives: October 2014

From “Holston Heights”

When I first spied this card, I thought it was maybe 50s.  Then I saw the old City Hall/Public Library on the left and revised my estimate of the printing date.  Later, I scored this specific card, which is dated, sort of.
“Holston Heights”?  We always called it “Cement Hill”.
This is an E.C. Kropp card, printed in Milwaukee. Plate #4844-N.  333 miles is about right for Washington, D.C. (and a million other places).


Kingsport Hosiery Mills


Hello, Dobyns-Taylor Warehouse.  In some places on the current building, the old sign is beginning to show through.  This is a T. J. Stephenson postcard.  A Tichenor printing, plate 12140.  It’s postmarked on the back: Kingsport Tenn. July 11 3-pm 1935.

The postmark covers some of the message. “spent night in (unreadable) we’ll spend night in Tenn.  then head for home.  Krepps”

Addressed to: Mrs. M. Valentine & Family  Keymar Carroll (?) 6 (?) 0 Md.

The card was published in the late 20s.

1910 postcard



This is one of my favorite cards.  It was mailed in Kingsport, probably at the Big Store, July 25, 1910.
On the front, in ink, is “add, kingsport Tenn”
Below that: “Main St. Johnson City, Tenn.  Pub. by The Bee Hive”
(you can still see The Bee Hive sign in downtown Johnson City)

On the back:
It’s addressed to Mrs. Claud Jolly, Rockmart Ga
The message:
Dear Mrs Jolly
How are you we are well.  I suppose you are in Rockmart by now. Our chickens are all o.k.  Mother is with us again. We are getting along fine.  Hope you will be able to visit some time.  There isn’t much here yet, but building.  just 28 houses here now.  Answer soon.  Love to you all also the ?mother?.  Mrs. L. E. Mahan

The Great Indian War Path


Yeah, it’s hard to read, but check it out yourself.  This is on West Stone Drive, more or less in front of the fire station.  I know of two of markers like this, the other is on West Sullivan Street:

The inscription on both reads:

at top:  The Great Indian War Path (with an arrow pointing left)

below: Placed by the Long Island Chapter D.A.R. Nov. 11 – 1934

The Liberty Cafe


The Liberty Cafe, managed by Charles Joseph and Stellis Mallis (Mallis is an old restaurant name in Kingsport…note the name on the building about halfway down the 100 block of West Main Street), was located  where “The Pub” is today on Five Points.  I vaguely recall the establishment, or maybe just the sign that remained after the restaurant had closed.  This 3-1/2 x 4-1/2 card is pretty dingy – I cleaned it up in Photoshop.  I don’t have the foggiest idea where I got it.  It might have been my stepfather’s…I think he stayed in one of the rooms above the restaurant for a while back in the ’40s.
On the other side is a convenient listing of distances to various other places…most of the distances are still correct, since they seldom move cities around (snicker).



Back of the Ice House


This is a rear view of the building on Netherland Inn Road that once was Cherokee Ice House.  It’s been heavily remodeled in the front, but they left this mostly alone.  On the left was the ice room.  Underneath, through those two openings, were the compressors and brine circulaters.
Ice, for a time, was the intermediate technology, like the cassette tape, in a way.  It did the job, but not real well.  Then, ice was heavy and always messily changing to liquid water…cassettes didn’t have those problems.  They were pretty crappy, though.