Tag Archives: Kingsport TN

Five Points Sunoco

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Ran across this in Johnson City.  It poses a problem for me.  This gas station was next to Craft Motors on Sullivan Street.  The fully numeric telephone number places it no earlier than the mid-1960s.  But I have absolutely no memory of what the place looked like and I’ve lived downtown for most of my adult life.  It amazes me how much I don’t really see around me (I mean, I know the way the eyes process and edit input, but it’s still amazing what I miss).

Methodist Church

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This postcard, copyright 1964, was published by the Colorcraft Studios in New York.  I can’t find any information about this company, but it was credited with a lot of 1964/1965 World’s Fair postcards.   On the back: BROAD STREET METHODIST CHURCH P.O. Box 907 Kingsport, Tennessee 37662

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First Broad Street United Methodist Church, 50 years later.

Clifton’s Radiator Service

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This paint-up is not that old, but it’s beginning to fade.  Clifton’s is on corner of East Market and Unicoi Streets.  Years ago, Unicoi Street came up in some news story or other and I was perplexed…I’d never heard of it and I’ve lived in Kingsport since Hector was a pup*.  The street is a one-blocker, though, and forever didn’t have much of anything located on it and, more importantly, it wasn’t on any of my paper routes.

* Obsolete phrase. See https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/since+Hector+was+a+pup

 

Google in Kingsport

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I saw this going in on Sunday afternoon and, for a moment, I felt a faint quiver of excitement, then I remembered that the City was having a Google enterprise workshop on Monday (8/13/18).  That’s what the people in the background are doing: loading in chairs for the event.  Anyway, it was kind of different, though.

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)