Circa 1939 postcard.
Category: Promotional material
Circa 1939 postcard.
Sears published an instructional booklet that also included ideas for paint color choice. These are a few selections from an approximately 56 page publication.
Image: 1939 postcard.
Learn more about the Burbank airport in the Thirties at http://wesclark.com/burbank/batchelor.html . See a color Trans World Airways 1939 map and company information at https://mappingmovement.newberry.org/selection/twa-airway-map-1939 .
Image: ad in unspecified 1939 magazine.
Images and info from 1930s newsreel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3yjPoF6zQ0 .
All that seems to be known about this is that the creator is identified as Angelo R. Noble of Guadalupe, California. The license plate looks like it could be a 1939 California one but it can’t be positively identified.
“On Independence Day 1939, Lou Gehrig recited these memorable words: ‘Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth.’
“Seven decades following what many consider sports’ most famous speech, Gehrig continues to inspire millions of Americans, both the game’s fans and those individuals and families living with the eponymous disease that he died from at the age of 37, two years after he addressed fans, friends and family…”
Lou Gehrig’s speech:
“Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans.
“Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn’t consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day? Sure, I’m lucky. Who wouldn’t consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, the builder of baseball’s greatest empire, Ed Barrow? To have spent six years with that wonderful little fellow, Miller Huggins? Then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of psychology, the best manager in baseball today, Joe McCarthy? Sure, I’m lucky.
“When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift — that’s something. When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies — that’s something. When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles with her own daughter — that’s something. When you have a father and a mother who work all their lives so that you can have an education and build your body — it’s a blessing. When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed — that’s the finest I know.
“So I close in saying that I might have been given a bad break, but I’ve got an awful lot to live for. Thank you.”
— Lou Gehrig at Yankee Stadium, July 4, 1939
Learn more about Lou Gehrig at http://www.lougehrig.com/about/bio.html .