This post card was printed in 1950, as shown by the Curt Teich date code. On the apron are DC-3s from American Airlines and Piedmont. American would fly away from the airport two years later, but Piedmont would hang in there for the duration.
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).
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)
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)
(no text on front) Aerial shot of Warriors’ Path State Park & Duck Island
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)
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)
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)
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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
This Haynes Distributing Company postcard shows two aircraft sitting on the tarmac: a Fairchild F-27, which Piedmont flew from 1958 to 1967, on the left; and the tail portion of a DC-3, which Piedmont took out of service in 1963.
Since Joyce L. Haynes, the photographer, was undoubtedly an efficient person, I think she took all four of these photographs around the summer of 1962.
I have a number of cards published by Haynes (and printed by Dexter). I think there were at least two series of cards done: the earlier ones with photos taken by Joyce L. Haynes and a later series with photography by C. H. Ruth.
I also think Ms Haynes had a knack for choosing days with brilliant blue skies and fluffy white clouds (The Orb!).