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Older Huddle Sign

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Much faded now, this is an earlier Huddle Electric Sign, possibly from when Kyle Huddle had this building constructed in 1947.  Just barely visible is a image of a late 40s Bendix dryer.

Side note: when this building officially opened on May 16, 1947, there was a beauty salon on the second floor.  It was operated by Mrs. R. S. Owens, who had opened the first beauty salon in Kingsport, on Boone Street, in the mid-20s.

In this new salon, she had seven operators ready to curl your hair: Lillian Ford, Audry Hale, Kay Wilkes, Minnie Curtis, Nelle Miller, Jerry Bevins and Beulah LeRoy.

A cold wave was $35.

Incidentally, Kyle Huddle had installed Kingsport’s first Electric Eye Automatic Door to this new appliance/photography/film/boat store.  I remember it.  It was, by today’s standards, pretty clunky, but it was quite the novelty.

Huddle was a film enthusiast, also.  He was no Virgil Q. Wacks (Wacks shot film of businesses for his TV show; Huddle shot vacation and family footage).

(source: a May, 1947, article in the Kingsport Times/newspapers.com)