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Launch of a Vessel at Belfast



Interesting postcard.  Printed in Germany, published in London.  It’s pre-WWI.  Addressed to a party in Gate City from “Guess Who” in Kingsport, but never mailed.

The “London E.C.” stands for London’s East Central Postal District.

B & D, Pictorial Post Card Pioneers, (Blum & Degan) operated in London from 1885 to 1908, when they went bankrupt.

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)

Trade Winds Motel and Restaurant

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The Trade Winds Motel and Restaurant “New in 62”.  It was located about .33 mile west of the railroad bridge over 23 between Weber City and Gate City.  The lettering on the building is difficult to read, but the center panel seems to read “Dutch Boy Grill”.  I remember a Dutch Boy drive-in restaurant beside Munal Clinic (built in 1951) on what was then known as the Johnson City Highway, but I have no idea if this is associated with that one.  I find the motel listed in the 1983 Kingsport telephone directory, but lose it after that.
Charles Dean Dalton ran the business early on, but, by the time this picture was taken, in 1962, Clyde and Garland Smith owned it.  If you look closely, you’ll see the telephone number is listed as CA 5-8541.  Oops.  People, you have to proof read anything that comes from a printer before it goes to press.  That should be CI(rcle) 5-8541.

The Historic Marker Forest

Not a forest, exactly, but a group of six markers on the right after you pass the red light at Wadlow Gap Road and head toward Gate City . For some reason or other, I never seemed to have the time or the inclination to stop the check them out.  Today, I did.

The first marker you see is this:


This marble marker commemorates the first court of Scott County which was held on this site in 1815. The marker was placed here in 1915.  Just a bit back toward Weber City, you can see the remnants of the bridge over Big Moccasin Creek where you would turn to take the road up to Hiltons.

Heading past the over pass trestle, at a sort of rest area, is the next marker (I’m listing them in order east to west)

The first one:


Then this one, which just refers you to the marble marker above.:






and, finally, this extremely wordy one:


I feel much better now.