My Grandfather worked heating and air as a living from the mid 1950s, until he retired 25 or so years ago. These cards were probably some kind of giveaway, I got similar stuff when I worked in an auto parts store. The open pack was probably played with once or twice, and the other package is still unopened. Note that they are different AC units: “The Compact” and “The Round One.”
If these weren’t “useful” (as playing cards) they would have been pitched by my grandparents, while my tendency is to keep every little scrap of advertising/publicity that might someday be of interest to somebody. I did get rid of about 3 boxes of auto parts stuff from the 1980s when I moved though (my wife insisted we didn’t have room, and of course, she’s right). I may someday regret that, but the 1980s were not a high point in cars or hot rods, generally speaking.
Anyway, enough about me, Granddad went to heating and newfangled air conditioning trade school on the G.I. Bill after winning a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts in France and Belgium. just northeast of Bastone during the Battle of the Bulge as part of Patton’s III Corps. His part in the war ended just northeast of Bastone during the Battle of the Bulge as part of Patton’s III Corps when a machine gun knocked his legs out from under him. They Germans could have finished him off, but they let him crawl (with one thigh bone shattered and not connected top and bottom) to safety. The war was over before he got out of the hospital. He is my personal hero, for more reasons than just that.
Wednesday, March 11th, 2009, by Robert Lindsey and is filed under "Games, Advertising, Playing Cards, Promotions and Giveaways ". You can leave a response here, or send a Trackback from your own site.