See Rock City

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One of the earliest signs I distinctly remember is a “See Rock City” paint-up on someone’s barn.  This one is on the Chapman Highway between Sevierville and Knoxville.

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Bernard’s Barn Sign

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Just southeast of the junction of Hwy 208 and 212 up from Hot Springs NC is this great old barn sign.  The barn is slowly collapsing, as you may have noticed. My buddy saw this on a motorcycle ride recently and we added it to our Mars Hill – Weaverville – Marshall run this weekend. Location is 35.934530, -82.742141
The sign:

SELL  YOUR TOBACCO ON
(?) BIG (?) MARKET (?)
BARNARDS’S 4 BIG (?)
BERNARD NO 1 & 2  FARMERS (?) BETTER
(LAST LINER UNREADABLE)

Seymour’s Drive In

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Behold Seymour’s Drive In. The sign is so faded that it’s hard to read.  The structure was built around 1933 or so, when Norris Lake went in.  Many tourist places went in on the roads leading to the new lake.  This is near Tazewell TN.

Rosenblatt’s

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Rosenblatt’s Music, (something), Jewelers was, in the early 20th century, located in the Greene County Bank Building. Scant on-line information is available for either Greene County Bank or Rosenblatt’s.
This is on Blue Springs Parkway at Emerald Road in Greene County TN.

Royal Blue Shoes

This is in Norton VA.  I think the store name at the top is “Belk”.  There was a Belk store at one time in Norton, as far as I can tell.  In the mid-20th century, there was a Belk store pretty much anywhere there was a large number of people with steady jobs.  The first Belk was in Monroe NC.  Real all about it here. Note: clicking on one of the chapter links locked up my computer (no biggie, just logged off and back on).