Not talking RC Cola here.
This QSL card was sent by late King of Jordan's second wife Princess Muna Al Hussein, Welshwoman Antoinette Avril Gardiner who changed her name when she married the late King Hussein. Her son is Jordan's current monarch Abdullah II.
When he was alive, Abdullah's father was perhaps the most famous ham radio operator in the world, with the last word in vanity callsigns, simply JY1. His QSL card was elegantly simple, but of course. And when Princess Muna took up ham radio as well, her card reflected the same, I believe the same, except her call was JY2.
No matter how you feel about royalty, you must admit the embossed crown is pretty sharp, the only real adornment this card sports, more like a fancy invitation than the usual QSLs exchanged by the likes of us lids, kids, and space cadets.
Again, something in the mode of Tom Christian, yet vastly different, this expression of the "less is more" aesthetic we find striking, a fascinating outlier among hobby radio pop culture ephemera, in strong contrast to the Texas Jackalopesque/outhouse hillbilly ham shack aesthetic
Fascinating bit of design psychology here. Is the simplicity elegant because of the backstory, or is there something inherent in the "just-so-ness" of the good-ol sans serif font and not-so-ornate crown? BTW, if you don't know the story of JY2, it's a doozy. Ms.Gardiner, the daughter of a high-ranking British Army officer, went to school in Malaysia, traveled a bit as a consequence of her father's career, and met the King while working as a secretarial assistant on the set of Lawrence of Arabia, filmed in Jordan. They married in 1961, had four children together, and divorced in 1972. She still lives in Jordan today. I get the feeling she said good-bye to all that ham radio when she and the King parted ways, but this card was sent toward the end of that time, so who knows? If anybody knows the rest of her ham story, tell us!
73 Muna. No Princess stuff, this is ham radio. Don't fuss, good stuff I say. Makes you think about where life can take one, eh?