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Lonely in Limestone

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This card was mailed almost exactly 104 years ago, when Limestone TN had cowboys and stage coaches. Ah, those were the days…

This is a standard-size postcard, a generic issue overprinted with “Limestone”.  These cards were generally sold by an agent of the printing company, so this particular motif was chosen by someone local…the one who placed the order.  I do not see any printer’s credit on the card.  By 1914 there were dozens of print shops churning out varieties of cheap postcards.

One other <yawn> interesting aspect of this card: to read the message, you rotate the card toward you.  Most cards require a horizontal rotation.

Bahama Star

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The old Bahama Star is what I am after.  Here’s a link to its page in the Wiki.

As noted, it came to the rescue of the burning Yarmouth Castle in 1965.  The captain was then Carl Brown, better known to Rogersvillians as Carl Netherland-Brown.  He was just two weeks into his captaincy when the Yarmouth Castle event took place.

This New Bahama Star?  What’s left of it is part of a breakwater at Taiwan.

Blimp?

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Blimp?  What blimp?  Notice that not one person on that beach is looking upward at this gigantic blimp floating along.  Well, why not, for gosh sakes?  Because the blimp’s not really there.  This is a composite image, as far as I can tell.  Well done, too.

An L-Class Goodyear blimp.  The resolution of the image, plus a pesky palm frond, keep me from reading the NC number on the bottom tail fin.  And I don’t know what that blue and yellow signal flag means.

Here’s the reverse:

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Don (?) Rey

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This colorful, embossed cigar label was printed in the 1920s, when Don Rey cigars were being made in Red Lion PA by T. E. Brooks & Co. (later Van Slyke & Horn).  As far as I can determine, the company lasted from 1910 to 2011, when the assets were auctioned off.  The brand is now being produced in Puerto Rico (if they survived the hurricane).

Hmm.  Pillbox hat, red kerchief and lipstick, sideburns.  Early gender dysphoria?

Ozark Air Lines DC-9

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Oversize 5″ x 7″, company-issued postcard.  Since Ozark Air Lines acquired its first DC-9s in 1966, I would suppose this card dates from about then.  Ozark lasted from 1950 to 1986, when it was bought out by TWA.  The company was based in St. Louis.

Sneaky!

Both of these postcards show a Delta DC-7 with different livery (color scheme).  And, except for the livery, they both feature the same photograph.  Whoever did the retouching was really good.   These are from the mid- to late-50s.  This particular DC-7 was “written off” in 1962, after a service of  eight years.
On the back: “Delta-C&S Air Lines Golden Crown DC-7’s are world’s fastest airlines.  This luxurious transport, seating 69 passengers cruises at 365 miles per hour at 25,000 feet, has a top speed of 410 miles per hour.”

The card was printed by Delta and included in folders presented to passengers upon boarding.  The flight attendant would mail this card for you at no charge (I think).  All you had to do was address the card and scrawl something banal as a message.

 

Wienermobile!

 

I put the back of the card first because that’s Meinhardt Raabe as “Little Oscar”. Starting in 1937, he was the original little person (he was 4′ tall) to be the official representative of Oscar Mayer Wieners.  This card dates to the 40s.

Raabe was in The Wizard of Oz.  He was the coroner who pronounced the Wicked Witch as “dead”.  Ding, dong, etc.

The credits are:  Pub. by William Wollin Studio, Madison 3, Wisc.   (63826)

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