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:
Po Box 34
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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|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|