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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.

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…