Author Archives: Bob Lawrence

About Bob Lawrence

artist, photographer, reader, anime fan (waning interest), poet

WKPT Ad

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This 5-column, 3/4-page ad ran on July 21, 1968, in the Kingsport Times-News.  I found it when I was going through an old scrapbook.  Look!  Not a syndicated show in sight; although, the stations did run some NBC and religious programming on the weekends.

I always liked the NBC logo.  The microphone is a stylized RCA 44-BX (bi-directional).  The WKPT-AM studios used these, since the installation of the equipment after the fire* was supervised by NBC.

*The WKPT studios burned on September 7, 1948, according to the Kingsport Times-News (I misread that date. It was 1946.  When I enlarged the page, I saw that it was a “6”, not an “8”, but it was a kind of skeevy 6, at that).  The new studio, with all new equipment, opened in ’48.

Ramp!

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This is the back of the old Coca-Cola bottling plant on West Sullivan.  The trucks backed up this ramp to be loaded for deliveries.  Backing up the ramp must have been fun, especially before dawn.  Or raining.  Or in snow.

The windows in front of the building allowed you to watch the process as the bottles whizzed by.  Hot stuff in the ’50s.

Eastman ISO Plus Nutritional Supplement

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This really has to do with Eastman in Rochester, but the key fob and key ring were found at a flea here, so let’s check it out.

The patent office shows that Eastman was granted a patent for this ISO Plus Nutritional Supplement, apparently for those of the bovine persuasion, in 1983, the first known date for the commercial use of this product.  As of 1992, however, the patent is shown as “Continued use not filed within grace period, un-revivable”.

Perhaps it just didn’t work out.

Another First Baptist Church Postcard

This is postmarked 1956.  It was published by Blackburn News Agency.  The company was located on Boone Street, started in 1945 by Joseph D. Blackburn and his wife, both former school teachers in Charlotte.  In 1960, they were servicing over 200 newsstands in the area with paperbacks and, obviously, postcards (Kingsport Times-News).  It was printed by Curt Teich in Chicago.

Blackburn had a series of postcards of Kingsport.  This is noted as B-27.

Tennessee Valley Dragway

This was part of the Tennessee Valley Dragway (1965 – 1969), looking east to Cleek Road.  Had the strip been completed, it would have spanned the 3/4-mile or so between Cleek Road and an area in front of the present Traders Village. Note: the access to this area is gated.  It’s on private land.

Interesting history…read about it here.

First Baptist Church

Glenn Souders was working as a photographer for the Kingsport Times-News in the early 60s.  I suppose the “Souders Photo Service” was a side business for him.

I mention this for two reasons: a) this is the only card I’ve ever seen that lists him as the publisher (it was printed by Dexter Press in New York) and b) I was hired by Glenn at WKPT Radio in 1967.  He, much later, became a priest.  He showed up at the station sometime in the 90s and the boss brought him by my office.  The expression on my face when I saw him in a collar caused them both to laugh.