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Saturday, December 13, 2014

A Post Card of a Picture of a Post Card

This is an interesting twist on post card publishing. It is a picture of a post card printed on a post card. The original post card is from the Linen Era, perfected by Curt Otto Teich. In fact, the original post card was printed by Curt's company. In the bottom, right-hand corner the numbered code
tells us that this was printed in 1938 as a Linen Post Card. The 8A informs us that it was printed in the 1930s (the A) and the 8 specifies that it was 1938. The H in the H395 is the clue that this is a Linen post card, known by Curt Teich's company as the "Art Colortone Method".
This post card (not the original) was printed by Applewood Books in Beford, Massachusetts. When I look up Applwood Books on the internet, it says that they are now in Carlisle (about 65 miles north).
From Wikipedia about the train on the front of the post card: The Crusader was a streamlined express train that ran on a 90.3-mile (145.3 km) route from Philadelphia's Reading Terminal to Jersey City's Communipaw Terminal, with a ferry connection to Lower Manhattan. The Reading Railroad provided this service in partnership with the Central Railroad of New Jersey (CNJ), in which it was the majority owner of capital stock. Trains operated over CNJ tracks for the 30 miles from Jersey City to Bound Brook and over the Reading System for the 60 miles from Bound Brook to Philadelphia. The train was first operated by the Reading Company as the railroad's premier express. A contest was held to find a name for the new train, offering a $250 (US) cash prize to the winner. The Crusader, the entry of Mr. P. W. Silzer of Plainfield, New Jersey, won the prize, selected by a committee of 29 railroad officials from among 6,086 suggestions. The Crusader '​s first regular run was on December 13, 1937.

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