Box of yarn for sale at an outdoor flea market.
To me, this is an interesting post card. It was published by Asheville Post Card Company in the late 40s and it doesn’t feature original photographs taken by the company. These are historic black & white photos that were colored in before printing. No photographer is credited. I suppose that the pharmacy provided the photos to APCC to use.
Other than the original photos being taken from different viewpoints (or using different lenses), there are four differences between these two cards:
The lower one, obviously, is the earlier. I think it may have been taken pre-WWII. The upper one, probably late 40s.
The differences I see: First, the plate numbers are different (I can only date Asheville Post Card Company cards by inference. I found another card in the E-7417 range that had a 1948 post mark). Second, the shrubbery. Third, the sign on the corner in front of the church. Fourth, the early one is titled merely “JC-71 Methodist Church, Johnson City, Tenn.” and the later one is “JC-75 First Methodist Church, Johnson City, Tenn.”
This damaged card is from the 1950s. Woodlawn Avenue does not appear on any current maps of Bristol TN. It may be under a different name now.
On the back: Professional Building, Woodlawn Avenue, Bristol, Tennessee The Tri-Cities’ newest and finest office building. Five stories completely air conditioned with paved parking lot accommodating 170 cars. Beautiful interiors, elevator service, drug and fountain service. Gorham Boynton, manager. Telephone SOuth 4-4189
The style of the back of the card dates this to the 1930s. Asheville Post Card Company was using this sort of anonymous back for some reason known only to the company. Later, they were proud to identify themselves on all cards. This is a linen-finish card.
Also, my research turned up the fact that the scene on the front is generic. Not in Mountain City nor in its environs. Although, an editor for APCC said, in an old interview, that people would sometimes “recognize” the scene as being in their particular area.
I did lighten the front of the card. It’s got some age on it.
Btw, the lowest temperature on record in Tennessee was reported in Mountain City on December 30, 1917: -32 degrees.