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Uh-oh

Makes Me Go “Huh?”

Cool Stuff!

Tah-dah!  It’s Frigidaire Day!

This is a Frigidaire promotional post card from around 1955.  Frigidaire, which began as a brand in 1916, is now owned by Electrolux. The range I bought about six months ago is a Frigidaire.  Heats rather than cools, though.

This card, with a real model instead of a cartoon character, is from 1959.  The new FROST-PROOF model, with the freezer compartment on the bottom, and in the infamous Avocado tone.   The two brand names I can determine in this screened image are Birdseye (began as General Seafood Corporation by Clarence Birdseye in 1923) and Morton (began in Louisville in 1940).  Since nothing in advertising is spontaneous, I suspect some deals got made.
Do not try this pose at home.
Y’know, I think she’s actually wearing that logo crown, which is intensified by the “sunburst” behind her head.  I wonder how long it took to set that shot up…

You Just Never Know…

You just never know what will turn up at a local antique store…

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As you can see, this portrait was shot at Hodges in Bristol, sometime in the early part of the 20th century.  There is no other information anywhere on the picture.  It’s just a b&w photographic print mounted on a stiff board, not a carte d’visite.  Unless this dude’s carrying a puppy in his coat pocket, he’s awfully wide hipped. He’s also holding up an unfurled umbrella. Is that a code?

You can make all sorts of guesses about his expression.

Day of Delivery, maybe

This post card, published by Beechcraft, was mailed from St. Louis in November, 1960.  This aircraft, a Beechcraft Super G18 (G18S), was manufactured in 1959 for delivery in 1960.  There were a lot of variants of the aircraft, but, in general, they were dual engine.  This one has just the one.  Part of the picture here was used as an advertising poster for this Beechcraft.  On the back: “Top Speed 234 mph. Top Range 1,626 miles”.

The aircraft ended up in Nuku’acofa, Tonga, as part of their air medical service.

Long Time, No Fire

Southeast Kentucky.  This hydrant is on a water line supplying a large mining operation that folded its tents and slowly moved away in the mid-50s.

So Are You

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