I think we’ve reached a milestone: we’re down to the US cards finally. When Bill sorted them initially I think these got moved to the end since they outnumber everything else.

Yes, but that’s the thing with hobbies. Hobbies are by definition a way of getting rid of extra cash.

Of course the message “Sure FB QSO Vic” would mean something different. FB is radio slang for “Fine Business,” a circuitous way of saying “OK.” Now FB would only mean Facebook.

The funny thing is that the radio operators got the whole TXTing thing down a good two generations before today’s kids did.

“Nice to meet U Vick [sic]. FB UR TR-4 Will look fer U agn during lunch. 73’s Pse QSL Tnx”

Could be from any 16-year-old now. ;-)

It’s also neat looking at the evolution of zip codes. The one above is addressed to Parma, 29, Ohio. Parma, now, is 44129. I still have to do more research on this, but I’m guessing that 29 was the post office number in the Cleveland area. Eventually when zip codes were rolled out that became the last two digits in the code.

It’s like (typically) the last two digits of your address become the invisible last two digits of the ZIP+4+2 (Zip+6?) of the carrier route part of the zipcode barcode. More on that later…

One last one just for the cool factor:

My dad had a car that looks almost like that: a 1972 Camaro Z-28. This makes sense since these are related cars. It brings back memories. Now I need to go and find a picture of it. It was a beautiful metallic silver car with black striping. It was the first car I went over 100 miles per hour in (in the back seat of course) on the way out to see ET in a drive-in.


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K1MKD     USA Worcester, MA   Aug 19, 1961 10 Fone  
K1RMG     USA St. Albans, VT 5478 Oct 6, 1967 80 Fone  
K2BHB     USA Jeannette, PA   Oct 1, 1958     Eyeball
K3AXW     USA Wilmington, DE 19805 Jan 9, 1968 20 SSB  
K3HOR/MM     USA Pottstown, PA   Feb 21, 1959 10 Fone  
W1ALV     USA Boston, MA   Jun 20, 1958 10 AM  
W1EPH   W1EPH-2 USA Fall River, MA   Jun 20, 1958 10 Fone  
W1NNY     USA West Warwick, RI   Jun 20, 1958 10 Fone  
W1VLS     USA Milford, CT   Jan 12, 1969 20 SSB  
W2FSU WIFSU, W21SX W2FSU-1 USA Fly Creek, NY 13337 Jan 4, 1968 20 Fone  
W2FSU   W2FSU-2 USA           Postcard
W2ZCE     USA New York, NY 10033 Mar 28, 1967 20 SSB  
W3AAA     USA Garrett Park, MD 20766 Jun 28, 1967 20 SSB  
W3IQK     USA Pasadena, MD 21122 Jan 14, 1970 10 SSB  
WA2KAB     USA Shoreham, NY 11786 Oct 4, 1967 10 SSB  
WA2VTB     USA Fayetteville, NC 28303 Sep 11, 1967 20 SSB  
WA2YFR     USA Bedford, NY 10506 Nov 20, 1969 20 SSB  
WB2JUT     USA Yonkers, NY 10705 Nov 25, 1967 20 SSB  
WB2PJS     USA West Collingswood, NJ 8107 Feb 1, 1970 15 SSB Mobile – Key West, FL
WB2UPB     USA Oceanside, NY 11572 Nov 10, 1967 20 SSB