afeht - interesting take on the USSR mailing with the KGB association. As it was addressed to an American university one could speculate this individual was a communist recruit / sympathizer / member and the radio schedule sent to aid his recruiting activities. I have not seen shortwave broadcast bands like those printed therein in years.
Much like the US Voice of America propaganda broadcasts.
The year 1953 was just before our country's Joe McCarthy senate hearings when communist paranoia was sweeping segments of our government.
And it all comes in a "plain brown envelope" with a couple of pretty stamps to hide the nature of the contents.
I did an unsuccessful Google to see what I could turn up on the addressee with no definite tie-in. Perhaps someone better at it could have better results?
The tear at the top is typical of bundling with a rubber band, the taller item suffering damage.
Thanks for your input.
George - will do a bit later, thanks for the interest.
220man - thanks. Your name there 220v or 220 cat number?? (grin)
Lindy - neat finds, I can imagine someone on a trip using that and wondering, "Why can't someone design a pen that carries the ink within it??"
jayim - I emailed the seller a most polite note stating the commonness of the items. No reply as of now.
Am fluctuating between bed and computer, really bad respiratory thing going on. Spent last week working on our kitchen/dining room floors. My wife decided it was time to oust the old carpeting. That took 4 hours or less. The remaining 5 days have been soaking sections that remained under the old linoleum with wet towels and putty-knife lifting it up. Nastiest crap I have ever done.