Thursday, December 5, 2013

Jaymar #255 39 PC Railroad and Village Construction Set - Pt 9 Bus Shelter and Billboards

The Bus Shelter included in this 39pc set is basically the same as that which came in the smaller set with one small exception - the Army recruiting poster is different! I have no idea why the artwork is different on the two, but there you have it. Both are shown below for comparison. The shelter measures 2 7/8" (7.3cm) W x 1 1/2" (3.8cm) D x 2 3/4" (7cm) H

Bus Shelter

The poster from the 34pc set

he poster from the 39pc set


The three billboards are unique to this set and offer a fascinating glimpse on products that were probably quite hot during the 1950s: PanAm Airlines, the Washington automobile, and Wham candy bars.

The billboards measure:5 1/2" (14cm) W x 3" (7.6cm) H

Pan American World Airways (aka PanAm) was the largest international air carrier in the United States from 1927 until its collapse in December 1991

This one is tricky. There was a Washington Automobile Company which lasted only from 1921 to 1924, but clearly this billboard does not show an auto that old. The one pictured here looks similar to a 1950 Hudson but I could find no references to any 1950s car manufacturer who made a model 'Washington'.

Apparently Wham Candy Bars are still being made as a retro candy. Here's one description I found of them:

"Remember these tasty little chewy bars? Raspberry flavoured with fizzy candy embedded in them, wrapped in the most retro packaging you could think of!

Buy sweets:"

Personally I don't remember them growing up in the '50s, as my favorites for the most part tended to be chocolate bars, and the site listed above (as well as others I found) showed entirely different packaging.

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