Bobby Brendell Postcard Collection


Bobby Brendell Postcard Collection


Postcards of Watauga County, N.C.


Bobby Wayne Brendell (pronounced “BREN-duhl”) was born January 1, 1938, in Boone, NC, one of six children (including a twin sister) of John Raymond Brendell and Mabel Tilley Brendell. He attended Wake Forest College for a year before transferring to Appalachian State Teacher’s College, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree and a Master of Arts in Education in 1961. After teaching briefly in Chatham, Virginia, Brendell began a thirty-year career as a science teacher, coach, and assistant principal with the Moore County (NC) Public Schools in 1963. He coached the Aberdeen High School football team to the state championship in 1964.

Brendell was married for 23 years to Glenna Brinkley Brendell, with whom he remained friends until his death on May 16, 2015, and they had one child, a daughter, Sandy Brendell Peckham. He resided for many years in Carthage, NC, where he was a deacon for the First Baptist Church. He volunteered widely, offering comfort visits to the infirm in his community, and he was an avid gardener and collector of postcards.

During the early 1990s, Bobby Brendell accumulated a collection of over 400 postcards relating to various attractions in the High Country of North Carolina, many of them concentrated in the communities of Boone, Valle Crucis, and Blowing Rock in Watauga County and Banner Elk in Avery County. These postcards include images of the region’s mountains, lakes, rivers, railroads, historic sites, outdoor dramas, schools, churches, courthouses, and post offices as well as popular motels, restaurants, amusement parks, ski resorts, country clubs, and inns. Included in this collection are photographic print postcards created by photographers Hugh Morton and Jim Doane, as well as other unidentified photographers. The collection also includes postcards published by large regional firms such as the Asheville Postcard Company of Asheville and Aerial Photography Services, Inc., of Charlotte, as well as smaller photography shops such as Westbrook in Todd, North Carolina. Cards produced by national publishing companies such as Dexter Company, Colourpicture Inc., Fox Photo, W.M. Cline Company, National Press Inc., E.C. Kropp Company, and Curteich Company are also present in the collection.

Brendell donated this extensive collection of postcards to the Watauga County Historical Society in early 2015, shortly before his death.

Sources: Watauga Democrat, The Rhododendron (ASTC), The Howler (Wake Forest College), The Bee (Danville, VA)


Still Image, Postcards


Watauga County, North Carolina, as well as other counties in Western North Carolina.

Temporal Coverage

ca. 1901 to ca. 1980

Collection Items

Scene from the head spring of the Yadkin
An image of the head spring of the Yadkin river from Green Park Hotel.

Table Rock on Linville Road
Hand-Colored image of the Table Rock on Linville Road.

America's Switzerland
An image of the lake on Cone Estate.

The Watauga River on the Road to Valle Crucis
An image of the Watauga River.
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