The Museum Archives has been receiving more items than usual this year, and we couldn’t be more excited! So far in 2018 we’ve received:
• A cardboard cutout Cub pilot trainer and other Cub Pilot Corps materials produced in the mid-1940s by General Mills
• 1 AMA contestant card from 1941
• 14 photographs, including reprinted photos of the 1956 Nats, a publicity photo of Charles Lindbergh, and 2 panoramic photos of the 1946 Plymouth Internats
• 2 envelopes
• 1 certificate
• 1 newspaper article
• Advertising material for American Hobby Center, Aurora Plastics Corp., Byron Originals, Comet Model Hobbycraft Inc., Guillow’s, Lees Hobby Supplies Inc. /Lees Hobby Industries Inc., Miniature Aircraft Corp., Modern Model Shop, and Sterling Models.
• 24 AMA membership cards
• 21 other organization membership cards
Through several requests in the museum’s monthly History Preserved article in Model Aviation magazine, the archives requested certain AMA membership cards from years that we were lacking in the Archives. We received some of the needed cards last year, and 24 cards were received in January and February of this year.
The potentially only missing membership cards – if ever produced – are from the year AMA started accepting memberships (1938) and the year after that. We assume if those were made they would have had an NAA logo on them, since a 1940 card we have has the NAA logo on it. We are not sure, however, if they had started issuing cards in 1938 or 1939, or if 1940 was the first year for cards. If so, our collection would then be considered complete up through this year.
We are planning future museum blogs featuring AMA membership cards representing each year from 1940 to 2018. In the meantime, for a glimpse at some of our most colorful cards, check out our blog from last spring.
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