The Art of Alley Cat

I have been bad. When I started this blog back in October (10-4 to be exact) I intended to share equal amounts ephemera and CB radio history. However, over the past few months I got distracted by the other stuff in my collection and ignored a big part of my obsession. Starting today I will…

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Eddy West “Quick With Colts”

This is a QSL/business card for a man named Eddy West, a fancy gun handling, trick shooter. His nickname was apparently “Quick With Colts.” I cannot find much about him or his announcer Whittie Smith but not from lack of trying. He must have not been a major star in the Rochester area. If you…

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Bob

This is Bob. Bob was a CB radio operator in Great Britain. This is Bob’s QSL card showing his illegal radio set-up. CB was not legal in England at the time of this card, which I would guess is from the early 1980s. The map on the wall seems to be the locations Bob has…

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Bobo The Town Clown – Knoxville, Tennessee

This is a pair of CB radio QSLs for Bill Croxdale, aka Bobo The Town Clown. Bobo was a man of many hats. He was a  local celebrity with a children’s show, a clown, a magician and a QSL printer. Croxdale started as a clown as late as the 1940s. Known for his balloon stunts,…

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CB Convac: QSLs: Imaginative Calling Cards

The following syndicated column by Ink Dipper appeared in newspapers starting in the first week of October, 1976. Most people aren’t likely to put a photo of a naked woman on their calling cards. But in CBing, calling cards are bound to have just about anything – from Bible verses to naked women. Non-CBers sometimes…

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An Introduction to QSL

Anybody who has been following me for any length of time, knows that I am constantly telling people about the hidden gems known as QSL cards. QSL cards aren’t hard to explain but it’s a little hard to keep the description succinct. I found a blurb in The Neosho Daily News on March 25, 1976 that…

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CB Radio 10-Codes

10 codes originated in the USA and are CB radio lingo mostly used in English-speaking countries. However, no matter which codes are used in your country, be aware that there are local dialects in every urban area and region. You have to listen to others to learn the phrases and codes in your area. And…

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10-4, Good Buddy

As most of you who followed the link I sent out know by know, I am fascinated by CB radio culture of the 1970s. I have tens of thousands of CB radio QSL cards, numerous catalogs and other crazy memorabilia from a sadly under documented era.  My goal is to share the images and stories…

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