Johnson City Tennessee Logo by LaDonna Hilton Postcards
Vol. 3
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Franklin Hotel
Hotel History

Watauga River

Night View - 1930s
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Main Street - 1928
Hotel John Sevier
Second View : Third View

Hamilton National Bank
Originally Unaka and City Nat. Bank

East Tenn. State Teachers College

Science Hill at night
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Central Baptist Church
Second View

St. John's Church

Tweetsie Excursion Train
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First Presbyterian Church
Second View

First Christian Church

Johnson City Country Club
Second View

Municipal Building
(Present Johnson City Press)
Second View


Milligan College
Gardens : Buffalo Creek

Johnson City Post Office: 1940s
Present WJHL Television Studio

Johnson City Post Office: 1940s

Appalachian Hospital

Broadway Tourist Camp - 1939
Back of Postcard

Watauga Avenue
Presbyterian Church

Roosevelt Stadium
Back of Postcard

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Main Street Looking West
This letter was sent by Lela Proffitt to her husband during WWII.  It was returned with the note "missing" on it (visible on the envelope) which was the first the family knew that he was missing in action.  Nat Proffitt was a prisoner of war.  He survived the ordeal, returned home to Tennessee and passed away in November 2007.
Vintage Postcard Reprints are now available at Mel's Stamps and Coins located at
Johnson City's Historic Fountain Square

Postcard of Main Street Johnson City in the 1940s: Beautiful Artwork
Back of Postcard

Note - Click on the thumbnail images above to link to larger Postcards.

Sources - Archives of Appalachia; Local Collections: Skip Oldham, Bill Fox, Alan Bridwell, Mel Broyles, Sandra Street

Although Johnson City did not experience significant population growth from 1930 through 1950, the City remained an active railway center. Increasingly however, Johnson City was becoming noted for being a college town with the growth of East Tennessee State College.

A number of classic postcards were being produced as is evidenced by the selections above which featured vibrant colors and numerous "nighttime" views. Perhaps the most impressive Johnson City postcard ever produced is the Main Street postcard from the early 1940s pictured above. This card was published by Asheville Post Card Co., a major card distributor for the southeast, #E-7424.
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