Tag Archives: Kingsport TN

Junior Police

This badge, shown as made by Stoffel Seals of Nyack NY, is undated. However, Stoffel Seals moved to Tallapoosa GA sometime in the early 2000’s and was acquired by TydenBrooks in 2010. Check the link for all the gory details.

Interestingly (to me), Stoffel Seals made almost all of the domestic airline “kiddie wings” during the heyday of air travel. I ought to know, since I’ve got a ton of them.

Central School Building

In 1918, as WWI slowly ground to a halt in Europe and the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic began raging out of the foul trenches of that war, Kingsport was building its first combined school building. The building, much remodeled, still stands at the corner of Watauga Street and East Sevier Avenue.
This post card, probably printed in the early 1920s, is another of the series commissioned by T. J. Stephenson.

Puppy Tags

In the early 1950s, cities around the country provided two metal identification tags to all school children.  Authorities had considered tattooing, but the threat of severe burns cancelled that.  Fingerprinting was out, too, as an invasion of personal privacy.  So, it was metal tags, which the kids were supposed to wear around their necks on a metal bead chain.  These are two that were issued to children in Jackson School.  I’ve covered the information because the people are still alive.

tags

And, while researching these tags, I found out that the “tooth notch” found on authentic military dog tags of the time (and later: when I got my dog tags in 1963, the notch was there…I have no idea of where those tags are now) was actually there to properly orient the metal tag in the Model 70 Addressograph Hand Identification Machine.

I never got tags when I was in school, but, then, we moved around a lot.

Moose Lodge #972

moose

At this time, the Kingsport Moose Lodge was located on Reservoir Road, in a location now crossed by I-26.  It’s food and natatorium were much admired.  In 1985, law officers raided the place and confiscated several slot machines.

On the back of this money clip, the logo “HIT”-USA is debossed.  That company, as far as I can tell, is still doing business on line as Hit Promotional Products.

A Couple of Items

A couple of items bobbed up at an area flea market mall.

jacks

About 5.5″ long.  Blank on the other side.  Sturdy, by golly.

kptshoe

This store was located in a row of shops that has long been demolished.  It was on the land now occupied by a car washing operation.  Kent Potts owned the store.  The Jarman shoe brand is still being made, but the company in Nashville is now known as Genesco.