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Monthly Archives: April 2019

N. H. D. V. S. Barracks, Johnson City TN



The National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers had just recently been built when the picture was taken (note the horse and wagon in the foreground).  It’s a lithograph printed in Germany.

Spurlock’s Bluing


Is that a cat or a dog?  And that’s one hell of a pompadour on the kid.

Anyway, this is a 4″ x 7″ mezzotint trade card for a company I can’t positively locate; however, the printing company, Brandon Print Co. of Nashville, can be fairly well dated, since they did a lot of state government work.  The earliest citing I’ve found for Brandon Print Co. is 1887 and the latest is 1913.  The extant Brandon Print Company building, 228 2nd Avenue in Nashville was built in 1892.

You Wish…


The Austin Company


There’s a really good overview of the tobacco industry in Greeneville here.

Look around Greeneville at the smokestacks.  See that “A” on the stack?  That’s Austin.

This roughly 2.25 x 4″ luggage tag is probably from the mid-60s.  The tag is still flexible, but the strap has turned brittle and has broken.

The tag is by Econ-O-Line.  On the reverse is a plastic pocket for a provided ID card.

Pretty spiffy. Telex number and all.  Also note the 615 telephone prefix.  The 615 – 423 split didn’t happen until 1995.