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A Trip Down Memory Lane - Some Vintage Hamfest Flyers
« on: September 24, 2008, 12:34:49 PM »
I found a bunch of hamfest and flea market flyers from the past including a few from Hosstraders.  Most are 25 years old or older but I still remember going to these and perhaps you do too.

The 4th Hosstraders, May 7th 1977, first one at Deerfield Fairgrounds.  Admission was .75 cents.  Were you there?

http://www.forum.near-fest.com/mm/Hosstraders4_1977-1.pdf

Six years later, the 10th Hosstraders, May 7th 1983.  The admission cost had risen to a buck.  Guess they got tired of carrying around all those quarters to make change.

http://www.forum.near-fest.com/mm/Hosstraders10_1983.pdf

The first Fall Hosstraders, October 8th 1983.  I remember it well!

http://www.forum.near-fest.com/mm/Hosstraders_Fall_1983.pdf

Some of you may remember the Honeywell Auction in Billerica MA  This flyer is from November 1983.  Boy did we get a lot of great deals there!  Legend has it that the idea for Hosstraders was first conceived at this event in the early '70s.

http://www.forum.near-fest.com/mm/Honeywell_1983.pdf

Then there is the FARA Hamfest at Framingham, Sunday, October 30th 1983.  This venerable hamfest still being held but only once a year now in the spring.

http://www.forum.near-fest.com/mm/Framingham_1983.pdf

Last but not least, there was the "Heavy Hitters" hamfest held at the Topsfield (MA) Fairgrounds.  There were only two of them but they are still a fond memory.  Thanks to Eliot, W1MJ, for providing the flyers.

http://www.forum.near-fest.com/mm/Heavy_Hitters_Hamfest_Flyer_1985.pdf

http://www.forum.near-fest.com/mm/Heavy_Hitters_Hamfest_Flyer_1987.pdf

These old flyers bring back memories to a time when hamfests and flea markets were THE place to go to buy, sell, swap, socialize; back before ePay and online commerce took most of the fun out of it. 

Fortunately we still have the NEAR-Fester twice a year.  Please continue to support it by attending it at least once a year.  Otherwise all that may be left is the flyers.......

73,

Mister Mike, W1RC