We have a great variety today! There’s a bunch from Japan including the one with an old car and a hot girl courtesy JA2AEY. :-) A couple of DXpeditions are in the mix as well!
The full card with the girl seems to be a promoted card that was furnished by Nissan for the Hilo.
Japan has always had a great history with folks into ham radio. The convergence of the tech-loving culture with the rise of the Japanese industrial machine I’m sure was a great contributor.
The Nissan on here was the first generation Cedric Model 30 that Nissan produced completely on it’s own. They had previously licensed from an English firm. The thing that I didn’t realize is that Datsun name predated Nissan. In 1960 they (as Datsun) went to the LA auto show. No doubt the cards were part of the promotion process for the small fuel efficient car.
Another neat card isn’t cool for what it looks like, but it’s a reflection of the world at the time.
Kanton Island is a tiny (3.5 square mile) island in the middle of nowhere. Right now it belongs to Kiribati. Only 24 people live there at the moment, but back in 1972 when the card was sent out it was still a US territory and had an airstrip built during World War II that continued to be used by trans-Pacific planes before long-range jets. (The Wikipedia article is fascinating!)
This one’s just cool with the (I’m guessing — please correct me if I’m wrong) Japanese brown bear listening in on the dipole with the headset! The thing directly above the bear’s head is a ceramic insulator. I guess it’s technically an offset-fed dipole. In fact it looks really a lot like a Windom antenna. :-)
The last one I’m blowing up big:
This one comes to us from a rare-ish DX entity. It says Columbia, but this is it’s own place: a little island in the Caribean Sea called San Andrés Island. and counts towards the DXCC. Looks like a nice place to go to for a vacation. Might have to check it out sometime.
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By the numbers:
|Call Sign||Call 2||Filename||Country||City||Post||Date||Band||Mode||Remarks|
|HC8GI||Galapogos||Isla Santa Cruz||Feb 14, 1974||15||SSB|
|HH2RV||Haiti||Port-Au-Prince||Jan 31, 1960||10||Fone|
|HH2Z||HH2Z-1||Haiti||Port-Au-Prince||Nov 2, 1959||10||Fone|
|HH2Z||HH2Z-2||Haiti||Port-Au-Prince||Nov 3, 1959||10||Fone|
|HI7CJY||KH6CJY||Dominican Republic||Central Romana||Mar 13, 1960||10||Fone|
|HI8XJH||Dominican Republic||Santo Domingo||Apr 18, 1971||10||SSB|
|HK0AI||San Andres Isla||San Andres Isla||Jan 15, 1960||10||AM||DXpedition!|
|HK1KU||Columbia||Barranqilla||Nov 22, 1959||10||Fone|
|HK4CJB||Columbia||Jan 18, 1972||15||SSB||The site|
|JA1BWA||Japan||Suginami, Tokyo||Nov 21, 1959||10||AM|
|JA1QCG||Japan||Meguro-Ku, Tokyo||Dec 10, 1970||10||SSB|
|JA2AEY||Japan||Chikusa-ku, Nagoya||Feb 4, 1960||10||Fone|
|JA2XH||Japan||Nagoya||Oct 29, 1959||10||Fone||Backwards 9?|
|JA3IG||W9SKR||Japan||Osaka||Feb 7, 1971||15||SSB|
|JA6GT||JA6GT-1||Japan||Yahata, Fukuoka||Dec 31, 1959||10||AM|
|JA6GT||JA6GT-2||Japan||Yahata, Fukuoka||Dec 31, 1959||10||AM|
|JA8QO||Japan||Nakajima, Muroran||Jul 7, 1971||20||SSB|
|KA2GI||W7OCD||Japan||Nov 25, 1959||10||AM||Military|
|KA2QW||Japan||Tokyo||Mar 26, 1972||15||SSB||Military|
|WA8FMA||Canton Island||Dec 5, 1972||15||Fone||DXpedition, now KH1|