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Magnet Compass Game

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gamefrontAh, things were simpler then.  Here are the directions:

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Yeah, a real thigh-slapper for the under 5 set…

This is probably from the late 40s.  The magnet was missing when I bought it.  A friend found a magnet at a flea market, but it’s so strong it paralyzes the compass’ needle.

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.

Spurlock’s Bluing

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Is that a cat or a dog?  And that’s one hell of a pompadour on the kid.

Anyway, this is a 4″ x 7″ mezzotint trade card for a company I can’t positively locate; however, the printing company, Brandon Print Co. of Nashville, can be fairly well dated, since they did a lot of state government work.  The earliest citing I’ve found for Brandon Print Co. is 1887 and the latest is 1913.  The extant Brandon Print Company building, 228 2nd Avenue in Nashville was built in 1892.

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The Austin Company

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There’s a really good overview of the tobacco industry in Greeneville here.

Look around Greeneville at the smokestacks.  See that “A” on the stack?  That’s Austin.

This roughly 2.25 x 4″ luggage tag is probably from the mid-60s.  The tag is still flexible, but the strap has turned brittle and has broken.

The tag is by Econ-O-Line.  On the reverse is a plastic pocket for a provided ID card.

Pretty spiffy. Telex number and all.  Also note the 615 telephone prefix.  The 615 – 423 split didn’t happen until 1995.