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Trump Rock?


This rock face on Stock Creek Road near Mabe VA does rather resemble President Trump.  Sort of…

Bright Colors, Really


This is a mailer from Freeport (IL) Hardware Company, probably in the 60s, promoting Du Pont’s Duco enamel for household use.  It had been formulated as an automotive paint in the 20s.

What I thought amusing about the card was the thought that someone, blinded by the intense contrast between the green and the orange, would overlook that somewhat disguised step up into the dining room and faceplant on the shiny black floor.

English Cruiser “Hampshire”

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The cruiser was launched in 1905.  This card dates from around 1910.  The cruiser was lost in a U-boat-laid minefield off the Orkney Islands on June 5, 1916.  643 men, including Lord Kitchener – on a diplomatic mission to Russia, were lost.  Twelve survived.
The front shows some fading but the overall condition of the card is very good.  Apparently, it was kept in a common picture album.  The browning on the back is probably from the acidic stock of the album pages.

The Prudential Insurance Company issued quite a few postcards around this time, but this one could be an R3.  It’s available on the web for around $20, in mint condition.

Wait, is this a trick?


This is about 8 miles south of Haysi VA, on 625.  Frying Pan is the name of the voting district, in Dickenson County.  Frying Pan Creek (it was called that as early as 1880) runs through it.


3-D Post Card

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Well, it’s kind of 3-D.  But it’s more a bit of 2-D fakery.  There are two planes in this lenticular post card (parallax panoramagram, a word that’s as delightful as “bananarama”), the front one with the pine needles, the perplexed-looking skiiers, and the two riding the lift.  The second layer is the background.  Moving the card gives a feeling of 3-D, if you’re a kid and have never seen 3-D before…

Anyway, it was published by the Manhattan Post Card Company, in business from 1928 to 1974.  The Xograph process was patented in 1964 (the patent expired in 2008).  It’s 6.5 x 4.75″.

A friend of mine found four of the these 3-D Collector Series cards at a garage sale.  On the market today, they’re worth about $2.00 each.