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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

Smoky Mountains Trailways Bus

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I don’t know squat about pre-WWII buses (or any other buses, for that matter), but I was curious about this Smoky Mountains Trailways bus.  By the shape of the windshield, I think it may be a Mack. I welcome a correction on that. The card was printed in the early 40s (Smoky Mountains National Park was dedicated, by FDR, no less, in 1940.
I read a posting that stated the “founder of Trailways” had a lodge up in the mountains.  I couldn’t track down who that may have been, but there was no real Trailways.  It was Trailways Transportation System, comprising five individual companies, that was set up in 1936.
Darn nice-looking card, though.  Asheville Post Card Company, natch.  It’s linen finish, but borderless.  I thought it might be a Curt Teich, but that inventory number doesn’t match up (I get a lot of that.  APCC used other printers).
As I post this, the Smoky Mountains are actually quite smoky from the numerous forest fires we have going on.

Natural Tunnel 1937



1937.  Same tunnel, same tracks.  Yawn.  Geology is so slow.

Knoxville Train Stations (there were two?)


On the front of this postcard are the Southern station (top) and the L&N station.  The Southern station dates from 1903; the L&N from 1905. They’re both still sitting around in K-ville, but repurposed.  Passenger service persisted until around 1970.
The postcard is a Tichnor Duality Views, published by Standard News Co., Knoxville, Tenn, and dates from the 20s.  I don’t have a way to tie an inventory number to a date (there’s not much of anything about Tichnor Publishing Company – they were in Boston – on the web), but the cars look to be 20-ish.  It has to be from before 1945, since the clock tower on the Southern station was removed in that year.
I won’t say anything about the dealer writing his/her booth designation and price ON THE CARD.  Wouldn’t do any good.

Pan American Airways System


The 1937 edition.  It’s 4 x 7″ and, ta da!, it opens out to this:


Martin M-130 Clipper (there were three made for Pan Am starting in 1935: The China Clipper, The Philippine Clipper and the Hawaii Clipper) (one more, I found out, was made for the Soviet Union: the Russian Clipper) (parenthetically write much?)  The other aircraft could be an artist’s rendition of a DC-2, which Pan-Am was also flying in the 1930s.
This pamphlet lists all the departure and destination points for Pan Am in 1937.  They were all over the place.

Northwest Airlines



These are two cards that were probably in a folder given to each passenger as they boarded the plane.  You added your message to and address of your BFF back home, give it to the stewardess.  She would then affix a stamp and mail it for you.
They are DC-3 aircraft in NWA livery (at one time, pretty much any airport worth its tarmac had a DC-3 landing there).  Later, NWA became Northwest Orient, flying to Japan and other points oriental.  “Northwest Orient” makes me think of elk and soy sauce…

NWA was around from the late 20s, then was absorbed, eventually, by Delta.