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Magnet Compass Game

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gamefrontAh, things were simpler then.  Here are the directions:

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Yeah, a real thigh-slapper for the under 5 set…

This is probably from the late 40s.  The magnet was missing when I bought it.  A friend found a magnet at a flea market, but it’s so strong it paralyzes the compass’ needle.

Beechcraft Wichita

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Scruffy old postcard from Ellington Field.  Published during WWII. Between Beechcraft (whose headquarters are in Wichita KS) and Globe Aircraft, about 2,000 of these A-10s were manufactured.

The Mighty DC-8

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The postmark is 1973.  The Douglas or McDonald Douglas DC-8 was built from 1958 to 1972.  It was in competition with Boeing’s 707 in the new era of jet travel.  556 were made and a few are still in service.  In August, 1961, this was the first civilian jet liner to achieve (for 16 seconds) supersonic flight.

Remember the song lyric, “a big 707’s set to go.”  (Gordon Lightfoot,”Early Morning Rain”)  “Big DC-8’s set to go” doesn’t scan as well…