Category Archives: Kingsport TN ephemera

Warriors’ Path (early)



It’s actually 950 acres, according to current information.  This is mid- to late-60s.

Tennessee acquired the land for the park in 1952. Fort Patrick Henry Lake was fully impounded in 1953.

Looking over old maps of this area, I found that Duck Island didn’t exist, as an island, before the impounding of the lake.  It was just the eastern shore of the South Fork of the Holston River above Wexler Bend.  And somewhere in there, it got ducks.

Kingsport Oil Specialty




Kingsport Oil Company, the area Shell gasoline distributor, was founded in 1946 by, I think, A. R. Brashear, Jr.  In the 50s, he traveled in the rarified air of bank directors and committee chairmen.  And judging from a quick scan of newspaper archives, the company was a ball of fire when it came to giveaways and contests.  At one point, in the early 50s, they gave away a new car.  This 2.5 x 4″ handy (it’s been used!) little sewing kit was probably thrust at you when you filled up the tank in your merry Oldsmobile.

The Brabant Needle Company, Ltd., of Redditch, England, is long gone.  There was a Duchy in Germany held by the Duke of Brabant, fwiw.

The generous-hearted Carl Swann gave this to me.  And it was much appreciated, since it’s getting harder and harder finding Kingsport stuff lying in the open.

Methodist Church


This postcard, copyright 1964, was published by the Colorcraft Studios in New York.  I can’t find any information about this company, but it was credited with a lot of 1964/1965 World’s Fair postcards.   On the back: BROAD STREET METHODIST CHURCH P.O. Box 907 Kingsport, Tennessee 37662


First Broad Street United Methodist Church, 50 years later.

Olde West


Home of beef tips and noodles and earnest actors on the dinner theater circuit. The inside reads, white letters on red, “Olde West Dinner Theatre  Airport Road. Hwy. 75
call: Johnson City.. 928-2121  Kingsport…323-4151
Open Tuesday thru Saturday
Buffet  from 7 til 8
Curtain 8:30

My first job after I came back from my Air Force stint was for Joan Hensley at Olde West.
I wanted to design sets.  She had no budget.  Shortly, I went to work at the Times-News.

Broad Street, 1946


Summer, 1946.  Looking toward Church Circle.  The movie playing at the State Theatre is “The Enchanted Forest” (Maltin gives it 2-1/2 stars), released in December, 1945.

The war had been over for a year.

This is a real photo postcard (RPP).  EKC paper (available from 1939 – 1950).

Kingsport Post Cards, Part 5

Pub. By Haynes Distributing Co., 2930 Fleetwood Ave., Roanoke, Va.These all were printed by Dexter Press in West Nyack NY. Joyce L. Haynes is generally credited as the photographer, but the name C. H. Ruth shows up also.  Inventory numbers are all over the place.  A couple are sequential.  This could be because Haynes worked the whole Tri-Cities area and shot a bunch of aerials.  All are from the 1960s.  They’re all chromes (refers to Kodachrome film).

  1. In yellow cursive Brush Script title case letters above the photo of the building: Civic Auditorium Kingsport, Tenn. On the back: CIVIC AUDITORIUM KINGSPORT, TENN. Main building for the civic recreational center which also has on the grounds a swimming pool, tennis court and J. Fred Johnson stadium. American Legion Hall and educational facilities are also available.  Photography by Joyce L. Haynes  (4077-B)
  2. In yellow cursive Brush Script title case letters at the top of the card: Kingsport, Tenn. Photo taken from Cement Hill.  Shows old City Hall/library building.  On back: KINGSPORT, TENN. Located near the Virginia State line on highways 23, 11-E and 81, this bustling city is an industrial center. Lakes and Dams only a few miles away. Photography by Joyce L. Haynes  (40076-B)
  3. (no text on front) Aerial shot of Warriors’ Path State Park & Duck Island
    1. On back: WARRIORS (sic) PATH STATE PARK Southeast of Kingsport, Tenn., on the shores of Lake Patrick Henry. This popular park serving the Tri-Cities area with facilities for picnicking, boating, horseback riding and swimming. Aerial by C. H. Ruth   (DR-39978-B)
  4. In white cursive Brush Script Std. title case letters at top of card: East Lawn Memorial Park, Kingsport, Tenn. (shows aerial photo of the memorial park)
    1. On back: EAST LAWN MEMORIAL PARK, INC. Memorial Boulevard Kingsport, Tennessee 37664  Located in the heart of Sullivan County, two miles east of Kingsport.  This is a garden type cemetery offering Burial Estates, Mausoleum Garden Crypts and Bronze Memorials.  Telephone – 288-2081  Aerial photo by Joyce L. Haynes  (76963-B)
  5. No text on front. Picture of Honest John’s with early ‘60s cars in front, including a baby blue Corvette   On back: BIG INDIAN 32 feet tall  Weight 10,000 pounds
    1. Located on Stone Drive Super Hiway Route 11W, Kingsport, Tennessee
      As far as known, it is the world’s largest wooden Indian. Built by Honest John
      Honest John’s Gift Shop, John D. Barker, owner (card was never sent, but in pen, written is “Helen   1972 – Card sent) (in the address area: Pratts 1225 E Stone Dr. Kingsport, Tenn 37660?)  (note: the Indian is not made of wood) (45031-B)
  6. No text on front. Picture of Hammond Bridge   On back: HAMMOND MEMORIAL BRIDGE Kingsport, Johnson City, Tenn.  This magnificent structure crosses the Holston River on U. S. Hwy. 23, midway between Kingsport and Johnson City, Tennessee, two of the Tri-Cities.  Fort Patrick Henry Dam can be seen just a few hundred feet from the bridge.  Photography by Joyce L. Haynes   (53071-B)
  7. On front at top in red Brush Script Std. in title case letters: Aerial View – Tennessee Eastman Corp. Kingsport, Tenn. On Back: TENNESSE EASTMAN CORP. Kingsport, Tennessee Located on the banks of the Holston River, the Tennessee Eastman Corp. is one of the largest industries in Tennessee.  Aerial by C. H. Ruth  (in script/ink pen: Mrs. Fusco – Think of you as always – Trust you will get out real soon.  God Bless as always. (unreadable signature)  Addressed to: Mrs. M. M. San Frisco  Coeburn VA.) (postmark date unreadable)  (53069-B)
  8. On front at top: thin brush-style red title case letters: Tri-City Airport Kingsport – Bristol – Johnson City (photo shows old terminal and Appalachian Flying Service and two aircraft on the tarmac, both Piedmont units)  On back: TRI-CITY AIRPORT Kingsport – Bristol  Johnson City, Tenn.  Piedmont, United and Southern Airlines serve the Tri-City area.  Appalachian Flying Service for chartered flights and student instructions.  Modern Restaurant in Terminal Building.  Appalachian Flying Service owned and operated by – Mr. Louis Hilbert Phone – FA -3-4920   Photography by Joyce L. Haynes   (48991-B)
  9. No text on front. Picture of Trade Winds Motel and Restaurant, taken from a hill across the highway On back: TRADE WINDS MOTEL AND RESTAURANT  4 0 U. S. Hwy. 23 Gate City, Virginia  This ultra-modern motel, “New is 62,” offers the tourists the finest in accommodations.  Wall-to-wall carpeting, ceramic tile baths, T.V., electric heat, children’s playground, and is completely air-conditioned throughout.  Excellent restaurant serving the finest of foods, open seven days a week.  Owned and Operated by: Clyde and Garland Smith  Phone – Kingsport, Tenn. CA 5-8541.  Photography by Joyce L. Haynes  (62353-B)
  10. In red cursive Brush Script Std. title case letters at top of card: THE FAMOUS CHURCH CIRCLE KINGSPORT, TENN. On back: FAMOUS CHURCH CIRCLE Kingsport, Tenn.  Churches looking from left to right are: First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, Broad Street Methodist Church and First Methodist Church.  Color by C. H. Ruth  (58901-B)
  11. Standard text in black (top line) and red (bottom line) both between a top picture of the Rhododendron Garden and a lower picture of Tri-City Airport (same as the one in 8, above) On back: Top view: Roan Mountain, World’s largest Rhododendron Garden.  Bottom view: Tri-City Airport, serving all of East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia area.  (53082-B)