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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.

Vrrrrm! 1932 Marmon

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

’56 Chevy Bel Air

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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.

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.