“The famous Rotherwood Farm at the junction of the North and South Forks of the Holston River” bottom: “Kingsport, Tenn. in the distance”
This is one of a series of cards published by T.J. Stephenson, Kingsport, Tenn.
I have 20 unduplicated cards of this series and I know there are more. The earliest postmark I’ve found is 1925 and the latest is 1942. They were around for a while.
The cards were printed in Cambridge MA under the “Tichnor Quality View” name.
Here’s the back:
The plate numbers on the cards I have run from 121027 to 121042 (I don’t have all of that run).
This is on the corner of Fairview and West Sullivan. Back in the 50s, this was Barker’s Grocery. The owners lived upstairs. Down from it somewhere was a Yellow Front Market. There were a number of homes and small businesses here once, before the city decided that the increase in traffic warranted a complete redo of that area where Sullivan Street goes under the railroad. The roads in the area; West Sullivan Street, West Center Street and Ft. Robinson Drive, were also rerouted slightly.
The home next to the building is of the period, also. It’s not in this picture, but if you look carefully, should you be idly passing by this area sometime, you’ll see a stonework gatepost with the original iron still in it just west of the brick house. I suspect it was the entrance once to the Roller property.