Bobby Brendell Postcard Collection

Title

Bobby Brendell Postcard Collection

Subject

Postcards of Watauga County, N.C.

Description

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)

Type

Still Image, Postcards

Coverage

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

Temporal Coverage

ca. 1901 to ca. 1980

Collection Items

Table Rock on Linville Road Postcard
This item is a color postcard showing an image of a car parked on a road in the mountains. A group of people are walking on large boulders behind the road. Many of the women are wearing dresses and hats. There is a large flowering bush in the center…

America's Switzerland Lake On Cone Estate Postcard
This item is a color postcard showing an image of a large lake surrounded by mountains and what appears to be farmland. Text indicates this to be the lake on the Cone Estate, also known as Bass Lake in Blowing Rock, NC. There is a word written in pen…

The Watauga River on the Road to Valle Crucis Postcard
This item is a color postcard showing an image of a river in the mountains. Text reads, "The Watauga River on the Road to Valle Crucis in the Unrivalled Blowing Rock Country, Blowing Rock, N.C." The postcard was sent to Brewster, Washington from…

Sleeping Giant Postcard
This item is a color postcard showing an image of a large man lying in a bed made of what appear to be tree trunks. There are boots next to the bed. A young boy is standing on the bed next to the man, showing the scale size difference. Text indicates…

Greetings From Tweetsie Railroad Postcard
This item is a color postcard showing an image of a train traveling across a bridge in the mountains. Text indicates it to be Tweetsie Railroad, a popular tourist attraction in Blowing Rock, NC. The postcard was published by Aerial Photography…

Hang On To Your Scalp Postcard
This item is a color postcard showing an image of a train in the mountains. It appears as though the train is coming into a clearing where there is an abandoned wagon. Mountains surround the train. Text indicates this to be Tweetsie Railroad in…

Winter Sports Capital Postcard
This item is a color postcard showing an image of a group of people on skis at the top of a mountain covered with snow. Additional mountains cover the background. A building can be seen at the bottom, with the ski lift to the left. Text indicates…

Blowing Rock Ski Lodge Postcard
This item is a color postcard showing an image of a wooden building with several people in various stages of putting on skis outside of it. There is a balcony that appears to have tables. Several people are watching those below. Text indicates this…

Appalachian Ski Mountain Postcard
This item is a color postcard showing an image of a ski mountain at night. Two lifts can be seen, the main one in the center. To the right is the start of what appears to be Appalachian indicating this to be Appalachian Ski Mountain in Blowing Rock,…

Stringfellow Memorial Episcopal Church Postcard
This item is a color postcard showing an image of a brick building surrounded by flowering bushes and what appears to be a bed of tulips. Text indicates this to be Stringfellow Memorial Episcopal Church in Blowing Rock, NC. The postcard was published…
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