Category Archives: Kingsport TN ephemera

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

shelby

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.

Sobel’s

I thank Carl Swann for this item.  Its age is indeterminate.  The “Sobel’s The Men’s Store” appears to have been hot stamped onto the shoehorn. “Shoehorn” is an old word, dating back to the late Middle Ages, as a “schoying horne” (it’s all in Wikipedia)…a “horn” in the sense of a tool to help put on a shoe.  There were various sizes (long ones for boots); this one is 3.5″ long.

Nunn Bush shoes are still distributed by Weyco in Wisconsin…Weyco is essentially a Florsheim operation since 1964.  Weyco claims a founding date of 1892.  Nunn Bush was established by Henry LIghtfoot Nunn in 1912.  I don’t know what happened to Bush.  I can’t find a reference.  Really, his middle name was “Lightfoot”?  Too punny.

When I was in the Air Force, we had the opportunity to purchase Florsheim dress shoes.  For whatever reason, most all of us had gone back to our Government-issue shoes in six months or so.  The Florsheims just didn’t hold up well (this was back in the mid-60s).

Trading Stamps – The Fever

If you wish to brush up on your history of S&H Green Stamps, head over hereOtherwise, read on about K-Savers trading stamps.


This is the book you’d stick your K-Savers stamps in, all notated (as far as I know) as worth 25 units of something.  The book is 3-3/4″ by 5-7/8″.  The stamps, shown below, each measure 1/2″ x 1-7/8″.
In the 1950s, Oakwood Markets, dating from the late 40s, was seeing a bubbling up of Green Stamp Fever, fed by market competitor Giant Supermarkets.  Figuring to find a parade and get in front of it (a favorite suggestion of Don Raines, my former boss), Wallace Boyd, one of the founders of Oakwood Markets, started Tennessee Stamp Company and began to spread K-Saver stamps across their multiple locations (11 or so in the 70s).  K-Savers had a catalog and a brick-and-mortar store at 813 Eastman Road – the site, next to Sloopy’s, is now home to a gas station.

   

Inside front cover, showing part of a stamp page, and inside of the back cover.

1157 Eastman Road was the location of the Oakwood Market in Greenacres Shopping Center. And note there are none of the legal conditions (you don’t own the stamps!) that S&H put on the back cover of their redememption booklets.

 

WKPT Studio

wkpt

I’m taking a chance here, but I think this was taken before the fire that severely damaged the WKPT studios.  I don’t recognize the studio configuration or that strange wall treatment.

I didn’t have any luck tracking down when Pilgrims Songs sheet music was published, but the microphone is a Western Electric 639 or so, made in the late 1930s (after 1941, it would have been branded as an Altec).  This mike, or one like it, was still around when I was at WKPT.  People had their preferences as to the setting.  I liked cardioid and got fussed at one time for switching it.  Today, these mikes are selling for around $600 to $800 on ebay.

There is nothing of interest on the back of this card…no publisher, no photographer attribution.  Annoying.