San Francisco 1940: odds and ends

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Re: San Francisco 1940: odds and ends

Beitragvon villa66 » Fr 06.07.18 06:37

I’d pulled this medal from a junk-box for a dime—I’d never seen or read about it—so I got the fun of a small discovery.

I was focused on the reverse and for some reason the compass points struck me as somewhat superfluous. Odd, too, because the China Clipper—and the Exposition itself—was much more an East- West thing than it was a North-South thing.

Finally it seemed like the compass points were just an excuse for this pointer, and that’s when the lights began to go on….
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Re: San Francisco 1940: odds and ends

Beitragvon villa66 » Mi 18.07.18 08:13

Back quickly to the obverse, which is of more or less uniformly low relief, with an out-of-the-ordinary interior rim. And a prominent raised dot in the center of the piece.
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Re: San Francisco 1940: odds and ends

Beitragvon villa66 » Mi 18.07.18 08:20

The raised dot must surely be no accident. And it looks like the obverse high-spot. So does this thing spin?
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Re: San Francisco 1940: odds and ends

Beitragvon villa66 » Mi 18.07.18 09:12

It does! Turns out this thing is a “spinner,” good for playing kissing games and for deciding who buys the next round of drinks.

And this 1939 World’s Fair spinner was equally good at deciding whose turn it was to plug the then-new juke-box….

Authors Lois and Alan Gordon put together a fun book in their (1987) American Chronicle: Six decades in American life 1920-1980. One of their entries for 1940: “Nickel jukeboxes appear in taverns, tearooms, variety stores, gas stations, restaurants, and barber shops; 16 records cost 50 cents…”

So here’s one of those half-dollars again, good for 16 songs:
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Re: San Francisco 1940: odds and ends

Beitragvon villa66 » Mi 18.07.18 09:15

But there must have been some resistance to all that jitterbugging, because the entry continues: “three minutes of silence is available for 5 cents.”

This 1939d Jeff would have bought an old-timer—or a parent—some three minutes of breathing room.
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