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A site for displaying photographs by Bob Lawrence

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″.

Vrrrrm! 1932 Marmon

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MARMONFRONT

MARMONBACK

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

Another Cinderella Stamp

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fifth

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″

Same Thing, Big Difference

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expo

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).

’56 Chevy Bel Air

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chevyback

I grabbed this card as soon as I saw it.  It was $1.  That Chevy, in 1956, cost the princely sum of $3,500.

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.