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Look, Ma! No Pods!

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All the skinny on this aircraft is here.

After a disastrous, but highly educational, experience with its first Comet iteration, de Havilland has a 30-year success with this 4B.

Sleek aircraft, but there was some concern (from aircraft manufacturers who preferred engine pods) about the engines and the fuel tanks buried in the wings.  Flew right well, though.

The card has been folded along its vertical axis.  Still a good-looking card, I think.

Eight Names, One Ship

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Before this ship was launched as a troop transport in 1944, it was briefly named General R.M. Blatchford (Spanish-American War, WWI).  Upon launch, though, it was the General W.P. Richardson (explorer and geographer for the U.S. Army in Alaska).  Then it was the LaGuardia, then the Leilani then the President Roosevelt.  After that it was the Atlantis, then this Emerald Seas (1972 – 1992), and, finally, the Ocean Explorer I before it was scrapped in India in 2004.  The full history is here.

I think the card dates to between 1963 (when Zip Codes went into effect) and maybe 1970.  It was printed by Koppel Color Card Company in Hawthorne NJ, which operated in the 1960s, and distributed by the Color-Ads Productions noted on the reverse.

Elvis ’68

This was RCA doing a little promotion for the Elvis comeback tour of ’68. Size is 3.875″ x 2.25″.

U.S.S. Ranger

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Behold the U.S.S. Ranger, the first U.S. Navy vessel designed to be an aircraft carrier.  Plopped in the water in 1934, the ship made it through WWII (though, due to its relative lack of speed, it stayed in the Atlantic) and was scrapped in 1947.

Vrrrrm! 1932 Marmon

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This card was light damaged, so I have changed brightness/contrast parameters to make it more viewable.

Another Cinderella Stamp

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This a more developed Cinderella.  It apparently came as part of a perforated sheet of stamps.  It has glue on the back.

In May of this year, a second well had just opened up in the Permian Basin in Texas…on land owned by the University of Texas.  Whoopee!  Break out the bubbly!

I browsed the AGA monthly issue that had notice of this convention in 1923.  The proceedings looked…well (pun intended), interesting to them what was there, I’m sure.

Nice poster design, though.  The stamp is 2.25″ x 3.5″

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.