Here are some of my latest acquisitions of advertising covers in which I include single and folded postcards. For this post I declare any cover over 60 years old is classic
. In addition to being an ad cover each has other interesting facets to find:
4-5 ounces of lace or lace making thread contained within.
The building, now known as The Ferry Building
still stands, however, the flag pole on the top was sent askew during the great 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. The pole and other surrounding Bay Area damage has been repaired and the 63 dead long buried. Even the eastern span of the Oakland San Francisco Bridge has been replaced, that was where the bridge deck collapsed.
Note here the very
early reference to Hartz Mountain Canaries. Such were a breed of domestic (Germany) canary bred in the Upper Harz mountains of Germany. The birds were bred in the Upper Harz between Lautenthal and Sankt Andreasberg in the middle of the 19th century and achieved European-wide fame.
The US Company Hartz Mountain Company's story begins in 1926 when an almost penniless 26-year-old Max Stern decided to leave his native Germany for the promise of America.
A childhood friend of Stern's, a local pet dealer, had borrowed a modest sum and could only pay back the loan with 5,000 singing canaries. Stern accepted the canaries and decided to sell them in New York City.
Stern negotiated free passage to America on the Hamburg American Steamship Line and arrived in New York not knowing a word of English. But he did sell the singing canaries to the John Wannamaker Department Store at Astor Place in Manhattan and soon thereafter established his business nearby at 36 Cooper Square.
Stern went back to his native Germany again and again, returning to America each time with more singing canaries that he now sold to a growing customer base including R.H. Macy, Sears Roebuck, F.W. Woolworth, W. T. Grant, S.S. Kresge and others. By 1932, Stern was the largest livestock importer in America and decided to expand into packaged bird foods. The Hartz Mountain line of pet products was born.
Here is some bright color.
Nice destination with Cuban regular issues, not dues, used for the shortage in postage.
Now you see how everyone was drawn to the greater Los Angeles metropolitan basin.
Wriggly was not just chewing gum. Nice 17 cent solo here as well.
To Taiwan, China.