Monthly Archives: August 2018
Lonely in Limestone
This card was mailed almost exactly 104 years ago, when Limestone TN had cowboys and stage coaches. Ah, those were the days…
This is a standard-size postcard, a generic issue overprinted with “Limestone”. These cards were generally sold by an agent of the printing company, so this particular motif was chosen by someone local…the one who placed the order. I do not see any printer’s credit on the card. By 1914 there were dozens of print shops churning out varieties of cheap postcards.
One other <yawn> interesting aspect of this card: to read the message, you rotate the card toward you. Most cards require a horizontal rotation.
The old Bahama Star is what I am after. Here’s a link to its page in the Wiki.
As noted, it came to the rescue of the burning Yarmouth Castle in 1965. The captain was then Carl Brown, better known to Rogersvillians as Carl Netherland-Brown. He was just two weeks into his captaincy when the Yarmouth Castle event took place.
This New Bahama Star? What’s left of it is part of a breakwater at Taiwan.
Blimp? What blimp? Notice that not one person on that beach is looking upward at this gigantic blimp floating along. Well, why not, for gosh sakes? Because the blimp’s not really there. This is a composite image, as far as I can tell. Well done, too.
An L-Class Goodyear blimp. The resolution of the image, plus a pesky palm frond, keep me from reading the NC number on the bottom tail fin. And I don’t know what that blue and yellow signal flag means.
Here’s the reverse: