Today we have a wild and wooly set of cards if ever there was one! I’m not going to put all of them in even though there’s more interesting stuff today than most of the past weeks. :-)

One of the things I love about the cards is that they are a snapshot in time. Of where and when they were sent out. We have at least three sent from countries or protectorates that don’t exist any more:

This is from Northern Rhodesia. Four years after the card was sent it changed from being that to being Zambia. Another cool thing about the card (that doesn’t show up on screen) is that the card is shiny silver!

The return address is odd:

J.P. Nortje
Po  Box 34
Norther Rhodesia

Really? Was he really number 34 in line to get a post office box? I’ll have to investigate this one more.

The next one in line is from Tanganyika:

Another one from a country that is no more: Tanganyika. The card was sent in 1960. In 1961 it became independent. Then in 1962 it became the Republic of Tanganyika. In 1964 it became the country that would be known as Tanzania.

This is another card that was printed up by the tourism board. It shows everything they have on offer: Kilimanjaro and the plains where you can go on safari and bring home an elephant.

It was a different era back then.

My uncle did all that. When we would visit his house in Rocky River we walked into the great room and looked at the neatly mounted heads of various animals from the African plains. I remember snuggling into the black bearskin rug that was in front of the fireplace. Everywhere you turned there was some critter mounted and displayed for all to see.

But that’s what you did back then.

I wish I had some of his old guns now. Not to shoot critters, but to touch the history of it. I’ll have to write another blog post on the development of the cartridges that were used to hunt game like that. It’s a long and fascinating bit of engineering.

Moving to a more modern change:

Yugoslavia split up in my lifetime. Most of you reading this probably was born before 1991 when it started to splinter.

Now Čepin is in Croatia instead.

The last one I’m pulling out isn’t special for most people, but it’ll be special for my mom I think.


Timişoara is where she went to college. Strike that… I’ll call it what she calls it.

Temesvár is where she went to college.

This all went down after World War I and the Treaty of Trianon where Hungary lost almost three-quarters of its territory. Among the area lost was Transylvania — Erdély — where she grew up.

One corrupt ruler after another, culminating in Nicolae Ceaușescu.

There’s another blog post for another time.

Maybe I should interview my mom and post that. :-)

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Call Alt Country City Post code Date Band Mode Comments
HT1HF     Nicaragua Managua   Jan 18, 1970 20 SSB C/O Pan Am
VP9EP     Bermuda Warwick   Nov 11, 1959 10 Fone  
VP9WB     Bermuda     Feb 21, 1959 10 Fone  
VQ2JN     Northern Rhodesia     Feb 18, 1960 10 Fone Zambia
VQ3PBD     Tanganyika Dar es Salaam   Mar 17, 1960 10 Fone Tanzania
XE1CCB     Mexico Narvarte   May 12, 1962 10 Fone  
XE1DW     Mexico Puebla Pue   Nov 19, 1961 10 Fone  
XE1LLS     Mexico     Mar 7, 1970 10 SSB  
XE1WF     Mexico Cuernavaca   Jan 12, 1960 10 Fone  
YB0ACL     Indonesia Jakarta   May 16, 1980 15 SSB  
YN1AJH     Nicaragua     Apr 9, 1970 15 Fone  
YN1GLB     Nicaragua Managua   Oct 30, 1967 20 SSB  
YN4CB-1     Nicaragua Managua   Sep 11, 1959 10 Fone  
YN4CB-2     Nicaragua Managua   Sep 11, 1959 10 Fone Brother Fabian
YN4FSC     Nicaragua Bluefields   Oct 28, 1959 10 Fone Brother Thomas
YO2BM     Romania Timişoara   May 3, 1972 20 SSB Where my mom went to college
YO3VI     Romania Bucharest   Oct 21, 1959 10 Fone  
YS1IM     El Salvador San Salvador   Oct 27, 1959 10 AM Doctor
YS1MS     El Salvador San Salvador   Apr 10, 1960 10 Fone  
YU2CAW     Yugoslavia Čepin   Mar 20, 1972 15 SSB Now Croatia