Scanned from a 1940s postcard in Mama's Cedar Chest
"Oldest House -- Property of the St. Augustine Historical Society, and Institute of Science, St. Augustine Fla.
On St. Francis Street, beside the old barracks and five minutes walk from the Plaza, directly south along the Sea Wall to the end. Then look to the right and you will see The House Under four Flags. Open Daily from 8 A.M. to 6 P.M.
Guides in attendance"
Bridgeport. Tennessee, as seen from Grandpa Bud's front porch in the summer of 1958.
It was built on US 25-70 in 1922 and was recently replaced with a modern span.
The gap at the top in the trees on the crest of the ridge in the background is the upper portion of a barely visible cleared pasture that the locals called "The Broadaxe" because, from this distance, the shape of the clearing resembled that common tool. By the time of my grandmother's death in 1980, the Broadaxe had been reclaimed by the trees and was only a memory.
I shot this photo with my first camera. Dad bought it for me at a general store in Cocke County, when we stopped to buy bait for a fishing trip. It used 620 roll film, cost him about six dollars, and was molded from the ugliest green plastic imaginable. I loved that thing.
I have never seen another similar vehicle. The rider pushed the pedals down to move it and the seat raised and lowered as the rear wheels rolled.