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Cobb Shinn

This post card, dating from around 1915, was drawn by Cobb Shinn (Conrad X. Shinn).  References indicate that he produced around 165 designs for cards.  He moved to illustrating children’s books in the 1920s.

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Natural Tunnel

This is an old card, pre-WWI, a collotype lithographed in Germany.  Pretty card, though, understandably, showing its age.

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Another Cinderella

Cinderella stamp, that is.  It’s 1.81 x 2.5″.  Two colors on ivory paper.  No adhesive.

The Grand Central Palace was demolished in 1964.

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New Johnson City Country Club

Not only did someone trim this pre-WWI lithographed postcard down with scissors, but they also glued it (clutching of pearls, here) into an album.  It remains a nice looking card, though.

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Henson Airlines

Henson, the original Piedmont.  This livery was used from 1983 to 1987.  As far as I can tell, Henson used these Short (Bros. of Belfast) SD3-30s from around 1979 to 1990.  This one went to Alleghany then was exported in ’91 to Canada, whence it had come.   This is another Mary Jayne’s Railroad Specialties postcards, airline series.

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Aerostar!

This is a postcard published by Mary Jayne’s Railroad Specialties out of Covington VA.  Printed by Alleghany Publishers, Covington VA.  Photo by George E. Lawrence (no relation).  MJRS published a series of cards on aircraft.  I think there are around 200 different cards in the series.
Anyway, Aerostar was owned by Professional Travel, Inc. of Louisiana.  In 1981-82 the company was expanding.  In 1982, they secured permission from the Civil Aeronautics Board (in existence from 1938 – 1985) to set up the airline and eventually secured three 727s from Eastern Airlines.  In 1983, it was all over.  Eastern repossessed the aircraft and the company went bankrupt.  The name Aerostar has been used by an airline out of Kiev, Ukraine, since 1995.

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