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Aerostar!

This is a postcard published by Mary Jayne’s Railroad Specialties out of Covington VA.  Printed by Alleghany Publishers, Covington VA.  Photo by George E. Lawrence (no relation).  MJRS published a series of cards on aircraft.  I think there are around 200 different cards in the series.
Anyway, Aerostar was owned by Professional Travel, Inc. of Louisiana.  In 1981-82 the company was expanding.  In 1982, they secured permission from the Civil Aeronautics Board (in existence from 1938 – 1985) to set up the airline and eventually secured three 727s from Eastern Airlines.  In 1983, it was all over.  Eastern repossessed the aircraft and the company went bankrupt.  The name Aerostar has been used by an airline out of Kiev, Ukraine, since 1995.

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Frigidaires!

Frigidaire introduced the Cycla-matic line in 1956.  Standard postcard size.  Frigidaire was sold in 1979 to the White Sewing Machine company and, then, in 1986 to Electrolux, the current owner.

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Wood-Metal Kitchens

This postcard was issued between 1954, when Wood-Metal Industries began a small advertising campaign for its residential cabinets, and 1956, when the line was renamed Wood-Mode Kitchens.  The company is still in business.

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the overprint covers the phrase “no extra charge”.

Cinerama!

The Mark Strand Theatre, Broadway and 47th Street in New York, was built in 1914 and tottled along presenting shows and exhibiting moving pictures until 1951.  That year, it became the Warner Theatre.  In 1952, it became the Warner Cinerama Theatre.  This card was issued sometime in 1953 to promote the brand-new Cinerama movie experience.

The building was demolished in 1987 to make room, eventually, for the Morgan Stanley building.

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Kunzli/Mainzer Cats

The artist is Eugen Hartung (1897 – 1973).  He painted many dressed cat pictures, which were published by Max Kűnzli in Zűrich, Switzerland.  After WWII, these were published in the United States by Alfred Mainzer, Inc. of New York.  This is an original Swiss offering, a lithograph (not a screened print), with the unusual deckle edges.  This was a fun research project for me.  I’d never heard of these cards before.  Any comments or corrections will be appreciated.

Note the boy cats in the windows laughing at the girl cats.  And the artist’s signature, which should have been in the lower left, has been cropped out.

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BOAC 707

This version of the 707 debuted in 1960.  The standard-size post card was mailed from Kensington W8.

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