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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…

N. H. D. V. S. Barracks, Johnson City TN

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The National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers had just recently been built when the picture was taken (note the horse and wagon in the foreground).  It’s a lithograph printed in Germany.

USS Shenandoah

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This is a modern real-photo postcard with no attribution.  The picture, however, apparently depicts the USS Shenandoah (ZR-1), which was launched in 1923 and felled by a storm in Ohio in 1925.

The Cunard R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth

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Nice mid-50s Cunard postcard with an artist’s rendering of the original Queen Elizabeth, launched in 1938, but only carried troops until 1946, when it entered regular commercial service.  The artist is C. F. Hopkinson, who actually worked for Cunard as an accountant, according to this posting.

United Mainliner

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This nice postcard is from the late 1940s.  United used that logo from 1940 to 1954.  “Mainliners” were DC-3s.  With world-wide production, some 16,000 of these planes entered service somewhere…and some are probably still flying.