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.
This post card, printed by Tichnor in the early 1920s, shows the Homestead Hotel about three or four years after it was constructed. This series, as previously noted, was commissioned by Kingsport businessman T. J. Stephenson.
There has been discussion about whether this was Rice or Hord Mill, but, make no mistake, it’s Gone Mill now. My buddy and I carefully walked around this mill in 2014 and were surprised at how well it had survived.
No more. I’ve heard what happened to it, but I can’t verify the story.
Cherokee Post Card Company in Jefferson City appears to have been doing chromes of East Tennessee sometime in the 1960s.
Volunteer State Printing Company, assumed from the monogram, yields no citations.
This card is postmarked Dec. 7, 1943. Two years to the day after Pearl Harbor. By this time in the war, we were raining death on the cities of Cittavecchia and Pescara, Italy, among other unlucky locations.
Three months later, Mussolini would fall from power as the Italians felt their part of the war was lost.
The card is shown as being published by Asheville Post Card Company, but it was printed by Miller Art Company in Brooklyn…which went out of business in 1941 (1922 – 1941).
Consider: this card may have been printed around the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor. <sneak in weird music> Strange, but true, maybe.
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.
It’s actually 950 acres, according to current information. This is mid- to late-60s.
Tennessee acquired the land for the park in 1952. Fort Patrick Henry Lake was fully impounded in 1953.
Looking over old maps of this area, I found that Duck Island didn’t exist, as an island, before the impounding of the lake. It was just the eastern shore of the South Fork of the Holston River above Wexler Bend. And somewhere in there, it got ducks.
This rather well-produced post card, from the 1940s, appears to show a recreation room at the Kingsport Inn. There are a doughty fireplace, a radio set, a piano, game boards and chairs, an American flag and ashtrays everywhere. You can just see into the next room through the door. The door to that room is open and there looks to be a window beyond the door.
I had dinner once at the Inn. I was competing in the Optimist Oratorical Contest. I didn’t win, but I had a good meal…roast beef, I think, and mashed potatoes. That I remember, but as to what vegetable or dessert was served or what the interior of the Inn actually looked like, I have no clue.
Five or six years ago, while working on some project or another, I ran into the man who had been our coach for the contest. He vaguely remembered me. “I didn’t think you’d come to be anything,” he remarked. I was a bit stung at first, then I thought, “Well, up yours, dude. I did just fine, thank you.”
This card had been mounted in a scrap book, held in place by paper corners. When the card was removed, some of the paper remained on the corners of the card.
On the back upper left is: KINGSPORT INN Kingsport, Tennessee.
It was printed by the Albertype Company in Brooklyn.
Here we area at 3109 Bristol Hi-way in the late 40s or early 50s. Published by Fred W. Stanley, Johnson City, Tenn. It’s a Dextone “Made Direct from Kodachrome and Ansco Color By Dexter Press, Inc. West Nyack, N.J.” Postally unused.
On the back:
MODEL CITY MOTEL
New and Strictly Modern
Located 1 1/2 miles from downtown Kingsport, Tenn. on U.S. Hi-way 11-W. Away from the city noise. For reservations, phone 4309 or write Model City Motel, 3109 Bristol Hi-way, Kingsport, Tenn. Owned and operated by Charlie Chase and James McAinch.
(The “McAinch” is a typo. It should be “McAninch”. In 1959 Charlie Chase and Bobby McAninch were listed as the owners of this bide-a-wee)