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Tri City Tinwhistles Inc.

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BOAC 707

This version of the 707 debuted in 1960.  The standard-size post card was mailed from Kensington W8.

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The Proud One

This is a continental-size post card, 4″ by 6″.  I think this is the 1968 model.  No side mirrors.

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707 Prototype

This isn’t a post card, but something extracted from a publication of some sort.  I show both sides below.  It’s 7.5 x 4.6″ and on a slick stock about the weight of presentation paper.

Incidentally, this is the aircraft that “Tex” Johnson, an experienced test pilot. rolled twice in 1955 in a flyover at the International Air Transport Association at Lake Washington, near Seattle.  He was told not to do that again.

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Oh, No! That Plane…

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Looks like some photo artist at Curt Teich decided to make a rather bland post card more dramatic by drawing in what looks like a 10B in a power dive over the factory.  Scary looking, though.

Anyway, the card dates to 1939.

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.

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.

Beechcraft Wichita

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Scruffy old postcard from Ellington Field.  Published during WWII. Between Beechcraft (whose headquarters are in Wichita KS) and Globe Aircraft, about 2,000 of these A-10s were manufactured.

The Mighty DC-8

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The postmark is 1973.  The Douglas or McDonald Douglas DC-8 was built from 1958 to 1972.  It was in competition with Boeing’s 707 in the new era of jet travel.  556 were made and a few are still in service.  In August, 1961, this was the first civilian jet liner to achieve (for 16 seconds) supersonic flight.

Remember the song lyric, “a big 707’s set to go.”  (Gordon Lightfoot,”Early Morning Rain”)  “Big DC-8’s set to go” doesn’t scan as well…