Counts Drug Store


Nice neon on this period drug store, now repurposed…in Wytheville VA.


Zantigo, RIP

I saw this outside an old drive-in store in Semour, west of Tazewell on Hwy 33 in Claiborne County TN.  I don’t normally take pix of plastic signs, but this one looked interesting.  It’s not old.  The Zantigo Mexican Restaurant chain, started in 1968, died in 1986, when PepsiCo bought out R.J. Reynolds holdings in Heublein.  Oops, PepsiCo also owns Taco Bell.  Bye, bye, Zantigo.

General Shale Research Lab

Once, there were great kilns and hundreds of types of bricks and blocks being made by this large General Shale plant in downtown Kingsport (on the other side of the tracks).  I took a bunch of pictures over here as the buildings stood open and vandalized.  I was politely asked by a policeman to take my leave.
This is the Research Lab. I always thought the lettering and imaging on this brick were quite nicely done.  I’d say this building, if isn’t gone already, will soon be.  Kingsport is turning this area into ball fields.


Bachelder Studios, Kingsport TN

This barely legible sign is all that remains of the Bachelder Photographic Studios in Kingsport from 1916 to 1925.  It was John Bachelder and this was part of a nationwide chain, from what I can glean on the internet.  He appears to have died in 1949 and was buried in Potter’s Field in Baltimore.


Greeneville TN

Greeneville’s been around for a while.  Since 1786, to be exact.  Here’s the wiki.  It’s had its ups and downs, mainly in the way the streets are laid out in the downtown area (that’s not a jab, it’s just that by walking out the downtown area, I seemed to be either going up a hill or down another).
I’ve always liked this sign.  They made use of the available space:

This isn’t a sign, really, and I’m not certain it’s authentic, but I spotted in the downtown area where another building had been torn down. And I figured, hell, I’ve got a camera, might as well get a picture of it.

Ah, yes, Walker Hardware.  Really faded.  I’ve enhanced this about as much as I can.

And the bank clock.  Is it original?  The bank’s been here since early last century.

If you are heading this way, try to get here for either the Iris Festival in spring or the Renaissance Faire later on.  Both are great fun.