This is in Cumberland KY. J.E. Issac, who would come to own several theaters in this area, built this complex in 1937, primarily as “Isaac’s New Theatre”, modern and comfortable, for 1937. The coal was depleting fast in that year, the Depression was slowly beginning to ease a little and people needed some distraction.
It’s a shame that I’m stupid and didn’t get a good shot of the whole building, but, well, there it is.
In the middle, with the ticket booth still there, is occupied by “Lillian’s Novo Center”.
I can’t find definitive dates for this former restaurant. I know it must post-date Norris Lake, impounded in 1936. (There are a blue bazillion post cards of Norris Lake, since it was the biggest thing to hit this part of East Tennessee since the Civil War.) There’s an old 50s-style Dexter Press post card I’ve seen on the web of this restaurant in what was then known as Lake City. The town is now proudly known at Rocky Top, except to the Post Office, where it’s still Lake City.
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.
Oh, click here and See Rock City!
Now closed and up for sale. It’s between the old Dixie Pottery and Bristol on the Robert E. Lee Highway; a.k.a. Highway 11W
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.