Category Archives: Kingsport TN ephemera

Broad Street, 1946

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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)

Kingsport Post Cards, Part 4

ASHEVILLE POST CARD COMPANY 1940S SERIES

The earliest post mark (PM) I have on these is 1939.  The cards all have printing company inventory numbers that would yield the printing date, if there were an available list, which there isn’t. The founder of the company died in 1977.  The company itself was bought out in 1982.

A few of these cards are quite common.

K.18  ADMINISTRATION BUILDING AND PORTION OF PLANT, TENNESSEE EASTMAN CORPORATION.  KINGSPORT, TENN.  (1423)
(on back) Tennessee Eastman Corporation, Kingsport, Tenn.  The principal product of this plant is Eastman Cellulose Acetate, from which are made Photographic Film, Eastman Acetate Rayon, Tenite, and transparent sheeting for safety glass.

K.19  A GENERAL VIEW BY NIGHT OF TENNESSEE EASTMAN CORPORATION PLANT, KINGSPORT, TENN.   (BELOW) HOLSTON RIVER IN FOREGROUND AND RANGE OF CLINCH MOUNTAINS IN BACKGROUND  (1424)
(on back) same as K-18

K.20 KINGSPORT INN, KINGSPORT, TENN.   (1420)
(on back)  Kingsport Inn is conveniently located on the circle near the center of the city.  From its veranda is visible Kingsport’s industrial plants and the distant ranges of the Blue Ridge and Cumberland Mountains.  It is of Southern architecture, has well-landscaped grounds and immediately attracts those who seek rest. It is a nationally-known stopping place for travelers and offers clean, comfortable rooms and excellent food at moderate rates.

K.21 “ROTHERWOOD”, KINGSPORT, TENN. (1425)
(on back) ROTHERWOOD  This stately old estate, located on the west bank of the Holston River, has had a romantic history. The original home, built in 1818 by Dr. Ross, a Presbyterian minister, was burned in the last year of the Civil War, but was reconstructed later.  It was named for the castle of Cedric the Saxon in Scott’s “Ivanhoe”, the book of which Dr. Ross was particularly fond.

K.22 U.S. POST OFFICE, KINGSPORT, TENN. (1426)  Note: there are two versions of this card.  One, with rather low value colors, has no description on the reverse.  The other, with brighter colors, has the following on the back:  Kingsport, Tenn., a City of planned modern industrial development began its growth in 1916 with a population of only 600.  Today, greater Kingsport has a population of around 35,000.  Kingsport is one of the most important industrial and distribution centers in Tennessee.  It is also called a city of churches and schools.  There are many places of interest to the visitor in and around Kingsport and motor roads from five States converge here.  The cacilities of the Tri-City’s airport are available to those travelling by air.

K.23 (above image) SUNSET SCENE SHOWING CHIMNEY TOP MOUNTAIN (below image) ON U.S. ROUTE NO. 11W BETWEEN BRISTOL AND KINGSPORT, TENN. (1421)

K.24 BRIDGE OVER HOLSTON RIVER ON U.S. HIGHWAY 23, BETWEEN KINGSPORT AND JOHNSON CITY, TENN.  (1422)

K.25.- WAUTAUGA (sic) STREET, KINGSPORT, TENN.  (45383)

K26.- BROAD STREET LOOKING NORTH, KINGSPORT, TENN. (45384)

K-27  NIGHT-TIME SCENE OF WAUTAUGA (sic) STREET, KINGSPORT, TENN. (E-7373)

K-28  PANORAMIC VIEW OF KINGSPORT, TENN. (E-7374)

K-29  BROAD STREET FROM RAILROAD STATION, KINGSPORT, TENN. (E-7375)

K-30 FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, KINGSPORT, TENN. (E-8602)  On back is a text area that has been overprinted.  The text read: The First Baptist Church, Kingsport, Tenn., was organized in 1910. The value of church property is $25,000.00.  Radio ministry Sundays 11:00 – 12:00 A.M. Station WKPT. Dr. T. B. Cobb, Pastor.

K-31 Title on card above the image has been effectively overprinted.  Below image:  DOBYNS-BENNETT HIGH SCHOOL, KINGSPORT, TENN. (E-7806)

K-32   “ROTHERWOOD” KINGSPORT, TENN.  (E-10600)
On back: ROTHERWOOD – A Historic Residence built in 1816 at Confluence of the North and South Forks of the Holston River, at Kingsport, Tennessee.

K-33  AIRPLANE VIEW OF TENNESSEE EASTMAN CORP. PLANT, KINGSPORT, TENN.  On back: TENNESSEE EASTMAN CORPORATION, Kingsport, Tenn. One of the State’s largest industrial units, Eastman manufactures Cellulose Acetate, from which are made Estron yarns, Tenite and Photographic Film. Many other chemicals made here.        Note: early photo shows part of Edgewood Village.

K-34  LEGION POOL WITH CIVIC AUDITORIUM AND J. FRED JOHNSON PARK IN THE BACKGROUND.   Below image: KINGSPORT, TENN. COPYRIGHTED-KINGSPORT ROTARY CLUB    (E-10602)

K-35  A BIRDSEYE VIEW OF THE CIRCLE, KINGSPORT, TENN.  Below image: PHOTO BY: ELLIS BINKLEY, KINGSPORT, TIMES-NEWS    (E10605)

K-36    BIRD’S-EYE VIEW OF THE MEAD CORPORATION, KINGSPORT, TENN.  (E-11082)

K-37  HOLSTON VALLEY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL, KINGSPORT, TENN.  (E-11083)

Kingsport Post Cards Part 3

Miscellaneous issues:

These two: probably before 1915  not white border.  B&w w/ blue tint  Divided back.  Same back style on each.  Not publisher/printer information on cards

  • On front bottom in a script-style font face: Ruins of Tavern on Old Stage Road, Kingsport, Tenn.
  • On front top left in all caps italic: Kingsport Pulp Corp., Kingsport, Tenn. (shows plant under construction…plant was producing paper by 1916)

 

B&w issue, undivided back, not white border  issued between 1907 – 1914 (station was built in 1905)   C C. & O PASSENGER STATION, KINGSPORT, TENN.  Photo by Bachelder’s Studio     Shows train station w/ Cement Hill in background

 

The Albertype Co., Brooklyn, N.Y.  Post Cards of Quality

Kingsport Inn, Kingsport, Tenn.  Black & white  Shows the Inn’s game room.  Issued between 1907 and 1914. (near photo quality)

 

Real Photo Post Card (RPPC).  RPPCs are generally one-offs.  Shows the Big Store, corner of Shelby and Main (neither paved).  Written on negative “Kingsport Stores”.
Can clearly see the Post Office in the Big Store.  The Big Store was built in this location in 1910.

 

RICHARD ALVEY ISSUES:   These aerial photo post cards, halftones, b&W, with the card description sniped on the front except for the AIR VIEW OF KINGSPORT, TENNESSEE, LOOKING NORTHWEST, which is standard format.  All are white border.  Dick Alvey (1898 – 1983) had access to an airplane and took these photos in 1937. He later used them in his Wings Over Kingsport (1938) and Wings Over Kingsport 2 (1963).

1) AIR VIEW OF KINGSPORT, TENNESSEE, LOOKING NORTHWEST. C-414  PM 1940. On the back: PHOTO BY ALVEY, PUB. BY C.G. SMITH, KINGSPORT, TENN.  Printed by Allied Printing, Fort Wayne

The following five cards are also b&w halftones, white border.  On back: PUB. BY PALACE FRUIT & NEWS CO., KINGSPORT, TENN. PHOTO BY RICHARD ALVEY, KINGSPORT, TENN.  All are Silvercraft cards printed by Dexter Press, Pearl River, N.Y.  Fake deckle edge.

13549 AERIAL VIEW SHOWING THE MILLER-SMITH HOSIERY MILL, THE HOLLISTON MILLS OF TENNESSEE AND THE KINGSPORT PRESS KINGSPORT, TENN   PM 1942   On back: AERIAL VIEW SHOWING PORTION OF INDUSTRIAL SECTION. LEFT TO RIGHT ARE THE MILLER-SMITH HOSIERY MILL, THE HOLLISTTON (sic) MILLS OF TENNESSEE AND THE KINGSPORT PRESS.  THE KINGSPORT PRESS HAS A CAPACITY OF 100,000 BOOKS PER DAY, THE LARGEST PRIVATELY OWNED PRODUCER OF BOOKS IN THE WORLD.  KINGSPORT, TENN.

13550 AERIAL VIEW SHOWING KINGSPORT’S FAMOUS CIRCLE KINGSPORT, TENN.
On back: CIVIC CIRCLE  AERIAL VIEW SHOWING KINGSPORT’S FAMOUS “CIRCLE”, ALSO THE POST OFFICE..A, KINGSPORT UTILITIES..B, FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH..C, FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH..D, BROAD STREET METHODIST CHURCH..E, FIRST METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH..F, AND THE KINGSPORT INN…G.  (note: the reference letters have been inked on the front)

13551 AERIAL VIEW OF HOLSTON VALLEY BETWEEN KINGSPORT, TENN. AND JOHNSON CITY, TENN.  On back: AERIAL VIEW OF HOLSTON VALLEY, SHOWING CAMP HAMMOND BRIDGE OVER THE HOLSTON RIVER, BETWEEN KINGSPORT, TENN. AND JOHNSON CITY, TENN.

13552 AERIAL VIEW OF BORDEN MILLS INCORPORATED KINGSPORT, TENN
On back: AERIAL VIEW OF BORDEN MILLS INCORPORATED, MANUFACURERS OF COTTON CLOTH.  WEEKLY PRODUCTION AVERAGES 600,000 YARDS.  KINGSPORT, TENN.  (note: in pencil, “10-4-40”)

13553 AERIAL VIEW OF THE BUSINESS DISTRICT KINGSPORT, TENN.  PM 1945

Kingsport Post Cards Part 2

T.J. STEPHENSON CARDS  (1920s)  ALL WERE PRINTED BY TICHNOR IN CAMBRIDGE MA AS “TICHNOR QUALITY VIEWS”

121020  –

121021 –

121022  –

121023  KINGSPORT BRICK CORPORATION, SHOWING TILE AND BRICK PLANTS KINGSPORT, TENN.

121024 COUNTRY CLUB AND GOLF LINKS, KINGSPORT, TENN.

121025 TENNESSEE EASTMAN CORPORATION, KINGSPORT, TENN.

121026 CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING, WATAUGA AND SEVIER STREETS, KINGSPORT, TENN.

121027 THE FAMOUS ROTHERWOOD FARM AT THE JUNCTION OF THE NORTH AND SOUTH FORKS OF HOLSTON RIVER

121028 “A BUSY CORNER,” KINGSPORT, TENN. CLINCHFIELD PORTLAND CEMENT CORP. IN FORE-GROUND.

121029 C.C.& O. RAILROAD PASSENGER AND FREIGHT STATIONS, KINGSPORT, TENN.

121030 MEADE FIBRE CORPORATION, PULP MILL AND FINISHING PLANT, KINGSPORT, TENN.

121031 A BIRD’S-EYE VIEW OF KINGSPORT, TENN., FROM “THE CEMENT HILL”

121032 THE KINGSPORT INN, BROAD AND SULLIVAN STREETS, KINGSPORT, TENN.

121033 BROAD STREET, FROM MAIN STREET, LOOKING NORTH, KINGSPORT, TENN.

121034 THE HOMESTEAD, SULLIVAN AND CLAY STREETS, KINGSPORT, TENN.

121035 SHELBY APARTMENTS, SHELBY STREET, KINGSPORT, TENN.

121036 COMMUNITY “Y,” CENTER AND SHELBY STREETS, KINGSPORT, TENN.

121037 CORNING GLASS WORKS (SOUTHERN DIVISION), KINGSPORT, TENN.

121038 THE KINGSPORT PRESS, WHERE BOOKS ARE MADE, KINGSPORT, TENN.

121039  –

121040 KINGSPORT HOSIERY MILLS, KINGSPORT, TENN.

121041 –

121042 THE CIRCLE – BAPTIST, PRESBYTERIAN AND METHODIST CHURCHES, KINGSPORT, TENN.

 

  1. C. Kropp Company, Milwaukee White border

4844-N Kingsport, Tenn. From Holston Heights – 1  (written in pen on back: March 16, 1936 Trip to Kingsport, Tenn.  333 mile trip)

Same but with 1929 post mark

– 2

– 3

4852-N Dobyns-Bennett High School, Kingsport, Tenn. – 4 (color)

4852 Same, but linen and b&w w/ blue overprint and a different style back

4857-N First National Bank, Kingsport, Tenn. – 5

11414 Borden Mills, Kingsport, Tenn. – 6

– 7

11514 The Circle, Kingsport, Tenn. – 8  (one has a 1933 post mark, one is linen finish, b&w w/ blue tint, 1948 post mark)

11515 The Homestead, Kingsport, Tenn. – 9 1940 post mark (one is a collotype, one is linen finish)

391 Tennessee Eastman Corporation, Kingsport, Tenn. – 10 (one is blue tint linen, one is Collotype 391N – card is damaged)

404 Post Office, Kingsport, Tenn. – 11  linen

404N New Post Office, Kingsport, Tenn. – 11 (different view of building)

2572N Office Bldg., Kingsport Utilities, Inc., Kingsport, Tenn. – 12   1955 post mark from Sparta, Wisconsin

Kingsport Post Cards, Part 1

Over the next few days, I’ll be posting the information I’ve scrounged up after 20 or so years collecting Kingsport postcards.  I’m not an avid collector, but I hoovered up as much as I could. So, here we go with Part 1. (comments encouraged)

Kingsport Drug Store issue   C.T. Doubletone  (Curt Teich/Chicago)  inventory number puts printing date as 1917 for all of these. White Border  These were given to me by Sherry Weaver (wife of Phil) with the stipulation that I give these to the Kingsport Archives when I no longer want them.

AD-7654  HOTEL KINGSPORT, KINGSPORT, TENN.

AD-7656 CLINCHFIELD PORTLAND CEMENT CORPORATION PLANT, KINGSPORT, TENN.

AD-7659 KINGSPORT EXTRACT CORPORATION, KINGSPORT, TENN.

AD-7660 VIEW OF KINGSPORT, TENN.

AD-7661 KINGSPORT BRICK CORPORATION PLANT, KINGSPORT, TENN.

AD-7663 VIEW SHOWING PART OF FEDERAL DYE STUFF & CHEMICAL CO. PLALNT, KINGSPORT, TENN.

AD-7667 BIRD’S EYE VIEW, KINGSPORT, TENN. APRIL 1916

 

Asheville Post Card Company   circa 1921    Printed by Curt Teich of Chicago Commercialchrome.    White Border

N = reprint

54952 – Extract Plant and Tannery, Kingsport, Tenn.

54953 –

54954 –

54955 –

54956 – Plant of Kingsport Pulp Corporation, Kingsport, Tenn.  /note: postmark 1921 Winston-Salem NC/

54957 – Methodist Church, Kingsport, Tenn.

54958 –

54959 – Apartment Houses, on Shelby and Sullivan Sts., Kingsport, Tenn.

54960 – Broad St., looking northeast from C C. & O. R. R. Station, Kingsport, Tenn.

54961 –

54962 – Dolans Gap, on Bays Mountain, Showing Dam & Lake of Kingsport Utilities, Inc. Source of City Water Supply. Seven Miles from Kingsport & 600 ft. above Town, Kingsport, Tenn.

54963 – Plant of Kingsport Hosiery Mills, Inc., Reedy Street, Kingsport, Tenn.

54964 –

54965 –  Kingsport Brick Corpn., Brick Yard, Showing Kilns, Kingsport, Tenn.

Separate issue, Asheville Post Card Company printed by Curt Teich of Chicago C.T. American Art    White Border

R-86618 – Broad Street, Kingsport, Tenn. /note: “K-5” written in ink front center top/

R-86619 – Community “Y”, Center and Shelby Streets, Kingsport, Tenn. /note: “K-14” written in in front center top/

 

Shelby Street Apartments

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Early morning, sometime around 1925.  It’s another T.J. Stephenson card…I’ve posted information about him here.  (Nothing special on the back, except the inventory number of 121035…the lowest number of these cards I have is 121023 and the highest is 121042.  It’s a Tichnor Quality Views card)

I think these were all residential then.  When I delivered papers down this street in 1957, there were several businesses along the way.  Whenever I catch the smell of kneaded erasers, my memory escorts me back to an art supply store about halfway down the street.  I’ve mentioned before that my dream was to have all the illustration board I wanted.  Got there.  Did that.

Oh, look, Ma!  No antennas on Bays Mountain.  Obviously.