Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Tams in Tricities 1976!

Click on image to enlarge.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Bargains at the Five and Dime - 1919 Style

Scroll down two posts for McCrory's 1950 ad.

Horse Krickers (Remember Horse Krickers, Eastman Kids?) Coin Purse

Coin purse courtesy of Eddie Grills who says he got it from David Good.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Kingsport's Five and Ten Cent Stores

What could you buy for a nickel in 1919? Here's an ad for Kingsport's first five and ten cent store, Hillman's which was located at 340 Broad Street.

The big chains started arriving in 1927 when Woolworth's opened on Broad Street.

The last big five and dime to arrive in town was McCrory's in March 1950. The building will soon be a Mexican restaurant. (Photo courtesy of City of Kingsport Archives)

Here are the specials for McCrory's opening day in 1950.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Plastic Squeeze Coin Holder

My coin purse, er, "plastic squeeze coin holder," has come a long way since this 1915 patent for a squeeze coin purse.

Friday, October 09, 2009

My Favorite Blog Posts

Four years and 256 blog posts later, here are six you may have missed:

(Some pop up by themselves, others pop up below this post. I don't know why.)

1933 Kingsport Phone Directory, all of it.

Map of the original Fort Henry Mall, from 1976.

Letter from Mayberry, in which Andy Griffith explains how town got its geographical location.

Broad Street Directory, 1947, 1965 and 1975.

Freedom Hall's Golden Age: the Seventies.

Haney's Place Chili recipe.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Steve Allen Reads Poetry on his NBC variety show - July 1, 1956

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Dizzy Dean in Kingsport - 1953

As always, click on the image to enlarge so you can read it.

Dizzy with St. Louis Cardinals in 1934

Dizzy and Daffy, Dizzy Dean (right) and brother Paul Dean, who was also a pitcher for the Cards.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Supermarket Row 1953

This is what the big three supermarkets on Supermarket Row looked like when they opened in the fifties. Photos are courtesy of the City of Kingsport Archives. Below are stories from the Kingsport Times about each store's opening.