Lovely company-issue card of an early
Connie on linen-textured stock. There were at least three
versions of this card issued over a period of several years during
which time the postage required for a postcard in the U.S. quadrupled
from 1¢ to 4. This is apparently the first release, dating to the
late forties, and is one of the few
postcards here for which there is no view of the back. But I can tell
you that it talks about reliability, gives some basic performance
figures and mentions that it serves on routes worldwide, both in
English and French.
Thanks to my friend Skip
Tucker of Ocala, Florida for this one. Oh, the
reason the back can't be shown here: it is glued into a scrapbook that Skip and his mother worked on
together when he was a small boy!
was slightly annoyed that I couldn't even say whether this is an 049 or
749 Connie, or much else about the card, so I asked our good friend Jon
Proctor if he had anything to add to the above (silly question.)
Says Jon: "That Connie post card you asked about is a classic ... and it's
an early 049. The giveaway is that "eye-brow" window above the cockpit,
which was done away with later in the production run, before 749s began
coming off the assembly line. Outwardly, the 049 and 749 were all but
identical except for that; same passenger window configurations, etc.
You can tell a 749A by its absence of an astrodome on the fuselage
crown; they were replaced by periscopes beginning with that model, and
later removed from the earlier models, although the base remained. That
was all the result of an astrodome failure on an 049 that sucked a poor
navigator out of the airplane when it broke."