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Messages - Rix Gins

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Random Topics / Re: Post Your Favorite Postcards Here.
« on: Yesterday at 06:13:13 PM »


Here is yet another postcard from Shay P's Richmond, Virginia.  Poor guy, I hope he doesn't think that I'm stalking him or anything.  Quite a lot of history in this building.  Jeff Davis himself was in there during the Civil War.  Nice row of cars out front.  What make is that second car?  A Buick perhaps?  The first one is a Chevy, right?  The third is a Ford Fairlane, I'm guessing.  The fourth is a, my god, a Hudson Hornet?  I'd so love to have that one.



The postcard was cancelled on January 20, 1961.  An important date.  That was the day that John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as the 35th president of the United States.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inauguration_of_John_F._Kennedy


JFK inauguration.
Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=118610

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Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Yesterday at 02:56:42 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum, October 23, 1918.


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Portrait of Second Lieutenant P. P. Smith of the US Air Force at the Ford Junction Aerodrome near Littlehampton, 23 October 1918. He was a resident of Los Angeles, USA.
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205343299 © IWM (Q 100158)


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Portrait of Second Lieutenant W. S. Stanley of the US Air Force at the Ford Junction Aerodrome near Littlehampton, 23 October 1918. He was a resident of Detroit, USA.
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205343298 © IWM (Q 100157)


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Official photographer Second-Lieutenant A. H. C. Sintzenich of the US Signal Corps with his Debrie camera mounted in front of the observer's position on a Farman Shorthorn. The pilot is Lieutenant A. W. Bevin. Ford Junction aerodrome, 23 October 1918.
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205191444 © IWM (Q 60617)

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Random Topics / Re: Music
« on: Yesterday at 02:25:27 AM »

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Random Topics / Re: Music
« on: October 22, 2018, 03:33:48 AM »

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Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: October 22, 2018, 03:16:27 AM »

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Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: October 22, 2018, 03:04:30 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum, October 22, 1918.


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Men of the American 140th and 92nd Aero Squadrons lined up for "chow" outside their regimental mess, 22 October 1918. Photograph probably taken at the Ford Junction Aerodrome near Little Hampton.
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205086668 © IWM (Q 113494)

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Random Topics / Re: Post Your Favorite Postcards Here.
« on: October 22, 2018, 02:01:36 AM »


Here is a colorful postcard showing the New River at Fort Lauderdale, Florida.



I love postcards from the 1950's.  The Academy Awards were held on March 25, 1954. (The date that the postcard was cancelled on.)  The Best Picture award went to "From Here to Eternity."  William Holden won the Best Actor award ("Stalag 17") and Audrey Hepburn took the Best Actress Oscar for the movie "Roman Holiday."


Outside the 26th Annual Academy Awards at RKO Pantages Theater in Los Angeles, Calif., 1954.
By Los Angeles Daily News.  Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6754156


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Random Topics / Re: Music
« on: October 21, 2018, 02:19:18 AM »

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Random Topics / Re: Post Your Favorite Postcards Here.
« on: October 20, 2018, 09:09:29 PM »
You can find and/or collect some really artistic and interesting QSO cards.

QSO means a radio contact or conversation and is almost an artifact these days as everything on amateur radio has moved to computer logging.

I really enjoy this thread, and thanks for keeping it running. :)


Very happy that you like the thread.  Thank you for the QSO information.       

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Random Topics / Re: Post Your Favorite Postcards Here.
« on: October 20, 2018, 07:34:53 PM »
Love that CB radio postcard!

2 more:





Oh, those are nice.  I've noticed that CB & ham radio postcards have nice, personalized artwork on them.  I always keep a lookout for them on a postcard auction that I enter once a month.

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Random Topics / Re: Post Your Favorite Postcards Here.
« on: October 20, 2018, 05:00:50 PM »


"Breaker, Breaker, got your ears on, good buddy?"  Well, I think you can tell that I was never a C.B. operator.  Being one must suit Brian A. Threadgill, of Birmingham, Alalbama.  The guy is 94 years old. https://www.peekyou.com/brian_threadgill/129390037

 

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Politics / Re: Hillary Clinton
« on: October 19, 2018, 07:14:17 PM »
Iíll never forget when that hippie rock group on Dragnet were so out of their trees that that one guy started swinging his guitar around and didnít even realize that he hit his friend in the head and killed him. That alone kept me on the straight and narrow for a long time!  :o

I remember this guy.  RIP, Blue Boy.


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Random Topics / Re: Post Your Favorite Postcards Here.
« on: October 19, 2018, 06:41:11 PM »



Here is a postcard showing the Maine (as in the battleship) Memorial Cemetery.  Somewhere along the line, the name was changed to Key West (as in Florida) Cemetery.  A number of the Maine victims are buried there. Elena Hoyos is buried there also, apparently in a secret location within the cemetery.  You can read about her strange story here: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/23114033/elena-hoyos


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Random Topics / Re: Post Your Favorite Postcards Here.
« on: October 19, 2018, 06:01:44 PM »
Sept. 3, 1909
Dear Mag,
I am not exactly dead you see. I tried store life for a little over two weeks had to put in a lot of overtime besides night school so did not have much time. I am
doing day & night now it is a hassel to get lessons ready for both nights-three times a week. I past my

Above Post Card:
? in business but not in newspaper got all the rest. So am on B. ? now

Around the stamp:
which is rather heavy. Best love all will send a letter soon. I expect to send a parcel to Mother (wiped out) for you there (wiped out) doz towels

For address only:
1/2 doz girls vests
2 pks for girls hose
You will get them
O.K. settle with me for the 8 weeks. 54(cents?)
Sis is settling for (?) may be she told you.

Thanks, spookcat, you did Yeoman's work in deciphering that difficult postcard.  Now that you have done all the hard work, I'll just add that on  September 3, 1909, a ferry boat named the Magnolia was struck by another ferry, called the Nettie and it (the Magnolia) split in two, sinking immediately in Sheepshead Bay at New York. There were 33 people on board and, after some long and difficult rescue work, everyone was saved.

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Radio and Podcasts / Re: Listening to General Lee
« on: October 19, 2018, 12:32:09 AM »
I'm feeling ebullient. Turbo Mode for everyone!

Wow!  Thank you, Lee.

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Random Topics / Re: What is in my Father's notebook?
« on: October 19, 2018, 12:23:09 AM »
Tetryl
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetryl
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Tetryl was used mainly during World Wars I and II and later conflicts. Tetryl is usually used on its own, though can sometimes be found in compositions such as tetrytol. Tetryl is no longer manufactured or used in the United States, but can still be found in legacy munitions such as the M14 anti-personnel landmine.

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Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: October 18, 2018, 04:00:26 AM »

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Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: October 18, 2018, 03:25:34 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum, October 18, 1918.


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Troops of the 5th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (34th Division) crossing the River Lys at Halluin by an improvised bridge made of material salved on the bank, 18 October 1918.
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205238977 © IWM (Q 7130)


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Belgian and British troops and their transport in the ruins of Pervyse, 18 October 1918. Note two observation balloons in the air.
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205246994 © IWM (Q 11393)


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Troops of the 8th Battalion, the King's (Liverpool Regiment, Liverpool Irish, 57th Division) entering Lille, 18 October 1918. Note a barefooted French boy with a rifle, clearly given to him by a smiling soldier on his right.
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205245319 © IWM (Q 9574)

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Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: October 18, 2018, 03:08:14 AM »
Great footage.

Indeed it is, WOTR.  I think that cool music in the background really enhances the footage.

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Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: October 18, 2018, 03:06:57 AM »
Cool on the airship pics, Rix.

It reminded me of the "Airship Carrier" concept, which I just goggled to remind me of the USS Akron (1930s), but apparently the Brits and Germans experimented with the idea in 1918 and found it to be feasible...

That particular article doesn't go into much detail about exactly when either experimented with the idea in 1918, there's two and a half months left until the end of the year and a little under 1 month left to the end of the war, I wonder if there are any dates coming up that are the 100 year anniversary of any interesting British or German air trials for the "Airship Carrier" idea...

ediot-to-add:

It will be interesting to see how far Britain goes in air development.  They probably won't have much of a budget what with no war going on, but I think that they will have something on the back burner regarding aviation.  Germany on the other hand, was pretty much deballed after the Treaty of Versie's.  I haven't researched it but I think they had to surrender all of their weaponry to the allies and were forbidden to manufacture new ships and (I'm guessing) airplanes.  I recall reading how Herman Goering instructed all of his flyers to surrender their aircraft at war's end and indeed they did, purposely crashing their planes after landing. I think that Germany would start manufacturing weaponry again, once Herr Hitler came into power.

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Random Topics / Re: Post Your Favorite Postcards Here.
« on: October 17, 2018, 09:56:32 PM »


A couple of WWI soldiers.  A penciled notation on the back (along with some gnarly looking drops of dried glue) gives us the names Frank Proctor and Henry Bensen.  My pitiful attempt at research found a Guy Frank Proctor from Kansas who was in the army though he wasn't in France.  He was in training at a camp in Kansas when he died of pneumonia on October 3, 1918.  Most likely he had the Spanish Flu and that led to the pneumonia.  https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/42756226/guy-frank-proctor

I found two Henry Bensens at Find A Grave,  The first Henry was from Minnesota and it was noted that he was a disabled American vet from WWI.   https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/58477966/henry-bensen  The second Henry was from Wisconsin and he was a private in the US Army during WWI.  https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/80933729/henry-edward-bensen

 

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Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: October 17, 2018, 03:01:02 AM »

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Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: October 17, 2018, 02:40:22 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum, October 17, 1918.


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Naval airship North Sea Class NS4 at Kings Norton.
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205357064 © IWM (Q 68228)


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Naval airship North Sea Class NS4 taking off at Kings Norton.
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205357063 © IWM (Q 68227)

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Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: October 16, 2018, 03:16:31 AM »
American pianist Felix Arndt died on October 16, 1918 from the Spanish Flu.

Bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felix_Arndt


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Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: October 16, 2018, 02:26:21 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum, October 16, 1918.


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American troops displaying a captured German flame thrower. Chaumont, 16 October 1918.
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205308491 © IWM (Q 60982)


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A cylinder for projecting gas in use. Chaumont, 16 October 1918.
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205308492 © IWM (Q 60983)

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Random Topics / Re: Post Your Favorite Postcards Here.
« on: October 15, 2018, 06:08:27 PM »


The back of this unused postcard is entitled, appropriately enough, 'The Eyes Have It.'

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Random Topics / Re: Post Your Favorite Postcards Here.
« on: October 15, 2018, 06:07:21 PM »




...time flies by...

I really like the looks of those old planes.

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Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: October 15, 2018, 02:57:12 AM »
From the Library of Congress.  The Seattle Star, October 15, 1918.


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