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Cloth Ice Cream

These were in a shop window in Jonesborough TN.  Fun idea!

Trump Rock?

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This rock face on Stock Creek Road near Mabe VA does rather resemble President Trump.  Sort of…

Capital Airlines

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In 1957, when this mailable listing of flights and costs (Knoxville to Washington DC – $28 and change) was printed, Capital was flying high with their Vickers Viscounts (eventually foreclosed on by Vickers).  Hard times were soon upon the company and it was sold to United in 1961.  The piece is 4 x 9″, folded.

French fan

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This lovely French fan, in paper and very fragile, dates from the early 1900s.  At the lower right is “Eventails Duvelleroy” (“eventails” is “fan” and “Duvelleroy” was the company that made the fan.  Over on the left side, there’s a sketch of two men, one on either side of what appears too be a crest.  Each man is wearing a sash and they both have walking sticks.  Then “Hotel Knickerbocker Restaurant”.   The Knickerbocker Hotel was only in operation from 1906 to 1920.
Duvelleroy returned women’s fans to society in Paris, after they’d been out of fashion since the late 1800s.  They’re still in business producing remarkable fans.

Every time I open this 14″ fan, something falls off.  It’s the paper backing, not the mount, that’s coming apart.  The gold pressed details on the guards is still visible.  All in all, pretty good for a centenarian.

Smoky Mountains Trailways Bus

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I don’t know squat about pre-WWII buses (or any other buses, for that matter), but I was curious about this Smoky Mountains Trailways bus.  By the shape of the windshield, I think it may be a Mack. I welcome a correction on that. The card was printed in the early 40s (Smoky Mountains National Park was dedicated, by FDR, no less, in 1940.
I read a posting that stated the “founder of Trailways” had a lodge up in the mountains.  I couldn’t track down who that may have been, but there was no real Trailways.  It was Trailways Transportation System, comprising five individual companies, that was set up in 1936.
Darn nice-looking card, though.  Asheville Post Card Company, natch.  It’s linen finish, but borderless.  I thought it might be a Curt Teich, but that inventory number doesn’t match up (I get a lot of that.  APCC used other printers).
As I post this, the Smoky Mountains are actually quite smoky from the numerous forest fires we have going on.

Trailways Token

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I found this locally.  In 1963, according to an ad in the Kingsport Times-News, Tays Farmer was the parts department manager at Daugherty Bros. Chevrolet in Gate City.  The worn notch at the top indicates it was hanging off something for quite a while.  There’s a blackening around the notch.  In the center front is what remains of a Trailways logo.  On the back it states “Travel Bus Trailways”.  (Only so much you can do within a circle, word-wise)
If that is, indeed, a worn Trailways  logo on the front, it’s the National Trailways Bus System logo and dates this to the ’50s.

Later:  on the ‘net, I managed to find another Trailways token very similar to this one, but from Bybee VA.  On that token, the side with the name on it is the reverse of this one; i.e., the “Travel Bus Trailways” side has the name on it.

This token is considered rare.

How to Repurpose a Tailgate

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This is in Cromona KY.