Good morning! Today is the seventh anniversary of Joan and I tying the knot. We'll be taking some time off together this week to do the usual exciting anniversary things.1
So, this week's posts have all been done in advance. And all of them will feature a new category for Papergreat -- QSL cards.2
QSL cards -- typically the same size as postcards -- are written confirmation of the receipt of a radio transmission. The cards are used regularly by amateur radio operators to confirm two-way radio contact between stations. They include the call sign of both stations, the time and date the contact occurred and other details.
The cards share some other common features. Many will include 73 or 73's (which means "best regards") and 88 or 88's ("love (or hugs) and kisses").
I recently acquired a shoebox full of QSL cards, and those are the ones I'll be posting throughout the week. Most of them are from the 1960s and 1970s.
The QSL card at the top of today's post is for KAEN-8510 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.3 Under the cat, the small circle logo states: "C.B.ers for Charity, East Central Wisconsin, Unit No. 469."
Here are a couple more QSL cards for today...
Above: This is Ruby Caccia's blue card for KLO 1440 in Ravenna, Ohio.
Above: This is George L. Gould's card for KID 5293 in Hudson Falls, New York. Besides the eagle, it features, in red, Olive Oyl and a guy who looks like Sherlock Holmes.
Come back tomorrow for more groovy QSL cards!
1. Possibly involving some combination of Centralia, English Center, Shartlesville, Montoursville, Frick's Lock, places where cows wander free on the road and gambling.
2. If QSL cards are not your cup of tea, perhaps you'd be interested in delving in some of the most interesting Papergreat posts from 2011. This page can get you started on your ephemera journey.
3. It's just fun to say "Sheboygan." Sheboygan. Sheboygan. Sheboygan.