Barney’s Matchbook Cover
September 22, 2016 – 12:07 am | 3 Comments

Locals know Barney’s Corner as a gas station, but early on it was much, much more.
I believe this matchbook cover comes from around the 1940s. Back then there was food and dance.
Barney was Keith Malcom’s brother …

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Jonas Asplund, W7IG – ham radio in 1948

Submitted by on September 7, 2016 – 5:10 pmOne Comment
1948 W71G postcard by Jonas Asplund

1948 W71G postcard by Jonas Asplund

Jonas Asplund, was a farmer, a pilot . . . as well as a ham radio operator, call sign W71G.

QSO commonly refers to the contact between two amateur radio stations. Jonas mailed this proof of contact out to Frank Taylor of McLeansboro, Ill. stating contact was made September 27, 1948 at 10 am.

What I love about this is all the extras that Jonas added — the picture of the mountain, the hight of Mt. Rainier, and Silver Lake.

Back of 1948 W71G postcard by Jonas Asplund

Back of 1948 W71G postcard by Jonas Asplund

Amateur radio was quite popular in 1948 judging by this 1948 cover of Radio News.

There is quite a history about amateur radio. To read a little, just click HERE. Also to learn more about call signs, check out the Wt71 Group.

Radio News cover 1948

Radio News cover 1948

Images of card courtesy of Diane Mettler.

Click on images to enlarge.

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