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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).

N. H. D. V. S. Barracks, Johnson City TN

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The National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers had just recently been built when the picture was taken (note the horse and wagon in the foreground).  It’s a lithograph printed in Germany.

Spurlock’s Bluing

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Is that a cat or a dog?  And that’s one hell of a pompadour on the kid.

Anyway, this is a 4″ x 7″ mezzotint trade card for a company I can’t positively locate; however, the printing company, Brandon Print Co. of Nashville, can be fairly well dated, since they did a lot of state government work.  The earliest citing I’ve found for Brandon Print Co. is 1887 and the latest is 1913.  The extant Brandon Print Company building, 228 2nd Avenue in Nashville was built in 1892.

The Queen Mary

I found these cards at a place in Asheville.  25 cents each!  It’s been a while since I’ve seen a postcard in any decent shape for 25 cents.

The Queen Mary sailed the briny deeps of the Atlantic from 1936 to 1967, crossing the ocean 1,000 times.  It’s now decommissioned and firmly attached to a beach in San Diego.

This is a 3 7/8 x 5 3/4″  card, printed England:

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Here’s the back of it:

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This is a standard size card.  The message on the back is great.

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Havana – Nassau

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I live for finding these old airline handouts.  This one, when folded, is 4 x 6.5″.  It was issued in January, 1938.  The mighty Pan-Am Clippers!