Wednesday, February 8, 2023

More from the McIntyre collection

Johnny followed up on the big box of his late Uncle Fred's stuff with a large padded envelope stuffed with some more terrific, eclectic, vintage items. I'm very happy to add these all to my collection of "old stuff", but I would also be glad to pay it forward pass some of these on to other readers if they fit their collections better than mine. 

There's no baseball stuff in this post, though there is a great football item at the end. 

So if you're only here for cards, you might as well go. If you like lots of other old things, you will hopefully enjoy reading this post.

We'll start off slowly, with some stamps. The oldest postmark here is 1937.

Planet of the Apes coloring book from 1974. Happy to pass this on to a fan of the movie, though do note that it is in pretty rough shape.
This was inside the book. Not sure if Andee was the owner of the book, but she made a great camel drawing. There was also a valentine from Andee to Fred. (John - if this is a relative of yours and you'd like the Andee items back - just let me know!)
1970 copy of the 1900 Sears Roebuck catalog. This will be interesting to look through, and happy to pass it along when I'm done.
A few travel related brochures. 1976 Martha's Vineyard guide; 1958 Niagara Falls brochure, 1955 Knott's Berry Farm menu, and 1955 Mexican bullfight program. That program is awesome, definitely a keeper for me. The rest I like but am also happy to share.
These seemed to go together, a savings bond stamp packet and some insurance coupons.
Some more brochures. The Singer Sewing is from 1948; Mohawk Carpet is from 1960. Not sure of the date on the two camera-related ones, but I'm going to hang on to both. Fuji posted about Star Wars trivia the other day - here's a good one I wonder if he know. The first lightsaber props were made out of Graflex camera parts, which is why the words "NEW YORK" appear in the Empire Strikes Back. I had never heard of Tiffen Filters but they had a Long Island address inside. At the time it was Roslyn Heights; they are still around today but much further east, in Hauppauge. Reading about their old factory, it seems they dumped a lot of chemicals and there had to be a huge environmental cleanup after they left.
There was lots of mid-twentieth century "humor" in some items, like these three. I was going to show the other side of the "Komic Kards" postcard but I decided not to. I was not offended by it but some readers might not like the content for multiple reasons. Google it to see what sort of products they put out (I didn't see my particular Kard in a quick search online.)
Here's the flip side of that "husband's permit". Route 66!
1967 Woman's Day antique furniture guide.
Any civil defense buffs?
Pretty extensive fire safety magazine for kids. These days they just get a little coloring book from the fire department.
This didn't survive the trip all that well. It's one page from the September 1948 Radio & Television Magazine. Some NYC-based advertisers here, at least two of which were located in the old "Radio Row" area of lower Manhattan. It was a still-thriving business-district which was controversially torn down in the 1960s to build the World Trade Center.

A few more matchbooks for the collection.
This was interesting, 1969 US Army guide to Bangkok for visiting servicemen.
Lots of interesting information here, I look forward to reading this in greater detail later on. The top of the first page is a section on haggling which should be interesting reading for any of us who buy cards at shows, flea markets, etc.
Genuine Parts was an is one of the biggest auto parts companies in the country. From the 1950s to the 1990s, they put out these "Parts Pups" joke books. Don't let the clown fool you - this is NOT for kids. It's filled with dirty jokes and photos of women that would be considered not safe for most work environments, though I guess just fine for garages. Looking forward to reading the jokes.
This Roy Rogers Riders Club membership card is cool. I only remember him for the Restaurants, but maybe one of you is a fan and would like this. You can even still put your name on the card.

This was one of the coolest things in the package, and probably the oldest, a telegram from 1920! Over 100 years old! Looks like J. McClafferty was reporting in to his boss on his fur-buying trip.
OK, sports fans, it's your time. When I saw this, I thought it must be a reprint, as it is in fantastic shape, looks and feels like a new magazine. But is seems to be the real deal, a 1940 University of Miami football program, from the game against Catholic University on October 18, 1940. This must have sat in a box without a bit of sun for 80+ years.
It's a full-size magazine. The center program has this fantastic-looking Chesterfield ad. Handwritten in the corner (by Fred?) it says "What a game! 18-20 CU." I couldn't find anything more about the game online.
This was not part of the program, but has adhered to it's spot over the decades and I don't want to ruin it by trying to separate them. I don't know if this is a movie star, a friend of Fred's, or what.
I think it's safe to say that Philip Morris's famous mascot Johnny would be considered "creepy" today. Check out those season ticket reservations that were inside!
Also inside was this program for a matchup of the Miami and Tampa freshman squads the night before.
Thank you Johnny, this package is fantastic, such a blast to go through!


  1. I'm happy to have added a little enjoyment for you.

  2. Whoa... so many cool pieces of history sent by John. That Roy Rogers membership card is sweet and that clown is scary.