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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.


About Bob Lawrence

artist, photographer, reader, postcard collector, jazz listener

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