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Tobacco Sale

Tobacco sale.  1940.  Big whoop, huh?

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Well, as I write this in September of 2019, there are four instances of post cards on ebay that feature this exact picture, but for four different sales…and not one of those cards is this one.  Curt Teich in Chicago really got a lot of use out of this photo, which was shot in b&W and colored in at the print shop, as usual.

eek!

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(this is a copy…all context is lost)

 

PT-19, Fairchild M62

This airplane debuted in 1940, so the date on the reverse is probably correct.  Parks Air College (1928 – 1966) was the first federally-certified school of aviation.  Located in Cahokia IL.

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The card was printed by Curt Teich in Chicago.

Cunard White Star Lancastria

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The ship was sunk just six months after this card was sent.  Read about her terrible fate here.

And I hope the lady with the excellent handwriting was able to see Gone With the Wind fairly soon up in Marion.

Soldiers’ Home, Johnson City

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This was probably printed in the early 1900s – 1907 – 1910 or so.  “Commercialchrome” shows it was printed by Curt Teich in Chicago using their 4-color, halftone, lithographic process.

This vendor wrote their booth number and the price in ink.  Annoys the hell out of me, but post cards are hard for vendors to control with too many people either altering the price or just slipping them into their pockets.  It’s a hard-knock life, no?

A Couple o’ Subs

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This is a K-class sub.  Distinguished service between 1914 and 1923.  The spray, no doubt added in the retouch department, conveniently obscures any identifying marks.

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And this is the mighty Nautilus, decommissioned in 1980 to become a museum ship.

These “Defenders of America” cards came to you via boxes of shredded hay, er, wheat between 1958 and 1959.

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.