Photos courtesy Lee Stone
My buddy recently took a side trip to Welch WVA to scout the area for old coal towns and mines that interest him. Knowing of my interest in old business signs, he obligingly took quite a few pictures of ones he saw. This town, as it was years ago, is vividly described in “The Glass Castle“, by Jeanette Walls.
Really nice old paintup. Other postings on Pinterest indicate it’s been closed for a long while. No information available on the web that I can find…yet.
It’s hard to read, across the building, under the Raymond’s sign, in the concrete, it reads 19 ODD FELLOWS TEMPLE 28.
More to come.
The Hob Nob Drive-In, just west of Gate City VA.
Been there forever.
It’s actually “Blairs General Mdse”.
At the intersection of hwy 674 and Blairs Store Road in Scott County VA. It’s got a serious concrete pad in front and what looks like the concrete base for a gas pump, lower right.
This is in Coeburn VA. Catchy name for a theater.
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
SELL YOUR TOBACCO ON
(?) BIG (?) MARKET (?)
BARNARDS’S 4 BIG (?)
BERNARD NO 1 & 2 FARMERS (?) BETTER
(LAST LINER UNREADABLE)
115 years and still going! Check their website here.
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.
This sign, on the side of an old diner near Rutledge TN, is about 15″ wide and in poor shape. It’s joke thing: “Needmore Beer”. Get it?
A real mid-20th century thigh-slapper, that one.
Last time I checked, there was still a Citizen’s Drug on Main Street in Clintwood VA, but this sign is apparently from an earlier location. An attempt was made to paint over it, but pentimento will out.
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.