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Tobacco Sale

Tobacco sale.  1940.  Big whoop, huh?

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Well, as I write this in September of 2019, there are four instances of post cards on ebay that feature this exact picture, but for four different sales…and not one of those cards is this one.  Curt Teich in Chicago really got a lot of use out of this photo, which was shot in b&W and colored in at the print shop, as usual.

WSM Radio Tower

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WSM Radio in Nashville went on the air in 1925, but didn’t construct this tower until 1932.  As it states on this post card from 1935, the tower was 878′ tall…until 1939 when, for technical reasons, the height was reduced to 808′.  Read all about it here.

Vickers Viscount

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The graceful Vickers Viscount as was flown by Capital Airlines, previously Pennsylvania Central Airlines, in the early ’50s.

They flew into Knoxville McGhee-Tyson, too.  I still find Pennsylvania Central Airlines stuff here and there (and buy it whenever I can).

A Sentimental Christmas Card

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There’s no attribution on the reverse, so I figure this is an example of the ribaldry you’d find back in the back of your favorite newsstand a few decades ago.  Just for the gents, heh, heh.

It’s standard post card size and in rough condition, but, hey, Merry Xmas!

And admire that kid’s, er, penmanship. 

VA Administration Center

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Much old, great tan.  This 1950 post card views the VA Center from the south, taken on an extremely tall tripod, or possibly from an airplane, whatever.  The Curt Teich date code is just under the words “Place Stamp Here”.

Zimmerman & Torbett News Agency.  I don’t find any informational citations on the web about this business.  I seem to remember that it was a news stand.

You can get a good view of this area as it is now on Google Earth.

PT-19, Fairchild M62

This airplane debuted in 1940, so the date on the reverse is probably correct.  Parks Air College (1928 – 1966) was the first federally-certified school of aviation.  Located in Cahokia IL.

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The card was printed by Curt Teich in Chicago.

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.