Friday, April 29, 2011

What A Laugh!

Zum Totlachen!
"What A Laugh!"
artist signed Wally Fialkowski, Germany, circa 1920s
AMV, no. 1198

Radio worth listening to for this youngster in the early days of wireless radio in the 1920s.  What on your MP3 player today makes you laugh as heartily?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Light Houses, Lighthouses!

Light Houses, Lighthouses, who likes them?! Some recent acquisitions:

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Monday, April 25, 2011

ANZAC Day, 2011 - Postcards

ANZAC - Australia New Zealand Army Corps, formed World War I. 

ANZAC Day - In remembrance of all those who fell and all those who served...

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By the late 19th century, pakeha New Zealanders saw themselves as establishing a "Better Britain" in the South Pacific, people of British stock who saw themselves as building something better than back "Home" but who were but a generation or two at most away from "Home". It's no surprise then that in the patriotic war imagery above the English Bulldog, the symbol of the Britain, has become the War Dog of New Zealand standing astride the New Zealand ensign overlapping the Union Jack of Britain. Maori taonga have been appropriated in the form of the full face moko, tiki, and huia feathers of the Maori chief.

To my grandfather and brothers who served in the "war to end all wars" - or so they were told, and to their sons and son-in-laws - to my father and uncles, who served in the next one: we have not forgotten. May we never have to send our sons and daughters to another one.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Radio Operators World War II Scott Field Airforce Base Postcard

This is for all you radio operators out there:

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Scott Field, now Scott AFB, is located in Shiloh Township, Illinois, 25 miles east of St Louis, MO.

During World War II Scott Field's main mission was to train radio operator-mechanics. By June 1945, Scott Field had trained 77,370 technicians who went on to be responsible for vital command and control communication throughout the Air Force.