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Radio Expo!

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This Cinderella stamp is from 1925.  KDKA radio in Pittsburgh went on the air in 1920 and WBZ in Boston came on soon after in 1921 – they did a remote broadcast from this expo.  Surprisingly, there were many radio stations on the air in ’25, enough to spur a lot of interest in receivers and tubes…and batteries.  As former DXer, I know the excitement of pulling in some exotic, far away station that faded in and out as the ionospheric waves bounced the signal.  The much later, much lauded Sony ICF 2010 receiver has circuitry to stabilize these signals.  One up on the old Hallicrafters…

This Cinderella is 1.875 x 2.375″ on flimsy paper.  The orange-y ink bleeds through to the reverse.

Same Thing, Big Difference

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This little (1 x 2.375″, no glue on reverse) Cinderella stamp has one thing going for it: it promotes an Exposition that was taking place the same summer as the seminal International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in Paris.  From its French title, we get the term Art Deco.

3, 698 miles apart, same thing, big difference in influence.  And we got Erté, which is not a bad thing (the name shows up frequently in the New York Times crossword puzzles).

’56 Chevy Bel Air

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I grabbed this card as soon as I saw it.  It was $1.  That Chevy, in 1956, cost the princely sum of $3,500.

North Central Pinback

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This scruffy, 2.25″ wide pinback is nearing 50 years old.

The history of North Central Air Lines is here.

Be sure to read about Herman the Duck.

Not Too Subtle…

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I can’t make out where this was mailed from, but it’s a not-too-subtle message from your friends back in 1910.

  1. American Post Card Company in New York went out of business in 1910.
  2.  Blue Eye MO got its name, reportedly, from the eye color of the first postmaster.

Dog Show

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The original of this Cinderella stamp is 1.5″ x 2″, flimsy paper, blank on the back, no glue.

Btw, “Beaver Chocolate”, a Chesapeake Bay hunting dog, took Best in Show.

That courtesy of the Oakland Tribune, April 15, 1930.

Oh, and a dog accidentally swallowed a diamond from a lady’s ring at this show.  Um, everything came out all right…

Toy Roundup

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This is a 2″ x 3″ advertising Cinderella stamp on paper that’s a little stiffer than copy paper.  The reverse is blank and has never had any glue applied to it.  This is one of a collection of trade stamps, mostly from the 20s and 30s that I bought around thirty years ago.  I’ve been unable to find out much of anything about them.