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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.

GRTS Kpt

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kingsportback

This card is called a GRTS, an abbreviation for Greetings.
The card was published by Blackburn News Agency, but it was printed by Curt Teich in Chicago in 1951 (there’s a list of inventory numbers/years on the web).  If you look closely, two of the images shown in the big letters are not even Kingsport.  The picture behind the “K” has to be Chickamauga Dam and the bridge behind the “O” looks like one down on Cherokee Lake.