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Cheers, Speedbird!

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British Overseas Airways Corporation, incorporated from Imperial Airways and British Airways in 1940.

“Speedbird” was B.O.A.C.’s callsign until 1974, when B.O.A.C. was folded into British Airways (callsign: “Speedbird”).

This is more than likely a Boeing 707-420 with the Rolls-Royce Conway 505/508 turbofan engines.  The card dates from the early 1960s or so, when B.O.A.C. began adding the 707-420 to the fleet.

Capital Airlines

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In 1957, when this mailable listing of flights and costs (Knoxville to Washington DC – $28 and change) was printed, Capital was flying high with their Vickers Viscounts (eventually foreclosed on by Vickers).  Hard times were soon upon the company and it was sold to United in 1961.  The piece is 4 x 9″, folded.

French fan


This lovely French fan, in paper and very fragile, dates from the early 1900s.  At the lower right is “Eventails Duvelleroy” (“eventails” is “fan” and “Duvelleroy” was the company that made the fan.  Over on the left side, there’s a sketch of two men, one on either side of what appears too be a crest.  Each man is wearing a sash and they both have walking sticks.  Then “Hotel Knickerbocker Restaurant”.   The Knickerbocker Hotel was only in operation from 1906 to 1920.
Duvelleroy returned women’s fans to society in Paris, after they’d been out of fashion since the late 1800s.  They’re still in business producing remarkable fans.

Every time I open this 14″ fan, something falls off.  It’s the paper backing, not the mount, that’s coming apart.  The gold pressed details on the guards is still visible.  All in all, pretty good for a centenarian.

Round Hill VA


Round Hill VA came about in 1900 as a terminus for a railroad line.  The town is on Hwy 7, NW of Washington D.C.
This card is well over a century old.  It is one of those fine, German-printed cards from before the start of WWI.  A broad, general guess would put it to 1910 or so.
On the back: Publ. by Wallace’s Pharmacy, Round Hill, Va. No. 21 Made in Germany
That’s Wallace Pharmacy with the Coca-Cola sign on the left.  The card is in pretty good shape for its age.

Jolo P.O.


Just a bunch of wild and crazy guys there in the Jolo P.O. (with lots of cautionary signs, too)

Photo by Lee Stone

I Hope We’ll Meet Again in Limestone, Tenn.

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This is a generic card with the town overprinted.  The postmark is from Limestone on January 28,1915.  Limestone’s had a post office since 1858, seventy-eight years after Washington College Academy was founded there.  Before the Civil War, Limestone was called “Anthem”.

On the back, the credit line on the left reads: Holmfirth Bamforth & Co. Ltd, Publishers (England) and New York. Bamforth’s Locals

The Message reads: “Hello! Guess Who?”  (I thought this was printed on the card, but the ink is smeared on the exclamation point)  The card is addressed to Miss Sarah Stonecipher, Limestone Tenn.  The same lady received the card in the previous posting.  Not particularly surprising, I found both of these in Limestone.

Deaf and Dumb School, Knoxville, Tenn.

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This building, on Summit Hill Drive in Knoxville, was built in the 1840s.  In 1925, it became Knoxville’s Old City Hall.  The building currently houses a law school for Lincoln Memorial University.

The postmark is September 12, 1917, mailed from Knoxville.

It was mailed to a Miss Sarah Stonecipher in Limestone TN.

It reads, as best as I can tell, “Hello I will leave for Athens this morning. (suppose?) I will go to school I would rather take a Business Course if I could Will write soon. (Adrian?)

Published by E. C. Kropp of Milwaukee, inventory number 18434