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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Arthur Ashe Makes History

It was on this date 45 years ago that Arthur Ashe beat the heavily favored defending champion Jimmy Conners to become the first and so far only Black man to win the Wimbledon men's singles championship.
This card is part of a 49 card set.  The cards are rather flimsy but the checklist is wide ranging and unique.

If you're into tennis or sports strategy this is a fascinating insight into how Ashe pulled off his big upset.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Happy Independence Day!

Here are a couple of pieces for you on this 4th of July, 2020.  I'm staying in.  If you go out, please be safe.
This postcard is circa 1940
This is a First Day Cover.  The back is blank.
The history of Tyne and Wear is too complicated to go into but here's a picture.
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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Miss My Dad.

Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there.  I don't have kids and my Dad has been gone for a couple of decades.
Here he is outside of his School in Chicago

My Dad's favorite player growing up was Cubs third baseman, Stan Hack.  He acquired the autographed card below as an adult but I'd like to think he had a copy as a kid.
Coincidentally my favorite player growing up was also the Cubs third baseman, in my case Ron Santo. I miss my Dad and I miss Ronnie. Both Hall of Famers in my book.
I got this card signed TTM right after Ron retired.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

One of 1934's Film Stars

How often does another blogger inspire you to piggyback on one of their posts with one of your own?  Often enough for me.  On Monday the man known as Fuji led off with a card that caught my eye.  "Hmm", I thought,  "do I have any Ginger Rogers cards of my own?"  Well, one of the better organized, though surely not completely, parts of my collection is my vintage tobacco cards.  They reside in one two inch black binder.  I even knew where that was.  (I know, I'm impressed too.)

Ginger is #38 in the 1934 Player's Film Stars Series 2 set.  BTW don't be fooled, as I almost was.  The "Radio" listed on the front and back refers not to the medium but to the movie studio RKO Radio Pictures.  The more times I see Ginger Rogers the more I like her.

Here's a few clips just for fun.

Ginger's first talkie

The Gay Divorcee (1934)  
I don't love it but The Continental was the very first to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

This is from the 1936 musical, Follow the FleetLet Yourself Go was written by Irving Berlin.  A bit of trivia -- Betty Grable is the middle backup singer.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Marx Brothers Poster Cards

It should go without saying that I'm a big Marx Brothers fan.  I have been since the 70's.  I wish I could say I have some hugely awesome collection of memorabilia.  Most of what I have is books.  I learned about these cards from a post by Corky at Pack War two years ago.  I recall looking at the individual cards on ebay.  I ended up getting a complete set of 72 cards for $8.00 shipped.  As you can see from the backs, the set includes a strange mishmash of  Stars, Monsters and Comedy.  The Duck Soup poster looks like it belongs in the monster genre if you ask me.  I'm not sure where they found all of the images.  Anyway here are the five Marx Brothers representatives.  I doubt anyone will take the time to watch all the videos but those from the first three movies are cinema classics.  I wouldn't waste my time on the last two.  I think they made them primarily to cover Chico's gambling debts.

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