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#1 craig_pickrall

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Posted 03 January 2007 - 12:07 PM

This article is from LIFE Magazine dated AUG 10, 1942.

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Posted 03 January 2007 - 12:09 PM

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Posted 03 January 2007 - 12:10 PM

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Posted 03 January 2007 - 12:10 PM

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Posted 03 January 2007 - 12:16 PM

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Posted 29 November 2007 - 03:27 AM

i like the look of these helmets, the thing i find funny with them is the leather "belting" used to hold the chinstaps to the shell, looks just like the leather belting industrial sewing machines of the same era would have been using, how do i know? i fix industrial sewing machines and the old ones are still pretty common, some of there owners brought them brand new lol what does that tell ya, anyway ive got old leather belting lying around and if i ever get one of these helmets and it needs parts i know where to look, just thought this might help others, oh and the metal parts holding the leather to the shell look just like leather belt hooks (see pic below) used to join the belting.

heres a pic you can still get this stuff.
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Posted 13 December 2007 - 05:11 PM

Fellow "Talker" junkies, I am proud to finally "ADD" one of these wonderful, yet, obscure Helmets to my collection.

Found about 2 weeks ago, I couldn't believe my eyes. I was looking at an "Unissued" Talker without the chinstrap.

Seller said "You dont see these around much, How about $35.00...???" http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/w00t.gif

one week later on eBay, i got a chinstrap for $7.00 *dirt cheap* as these sell for $20 to $30 on average.

Today, i actually had to pierce the hole that was painted over to install chinstrap.

total cost with shipping .... $48 bucks.

PS, if you look closely, you will see "dust" still on it from "Shelf Life". I aint cleaning it either. *L*



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Posted 18 December 2007 - 02:43 PM

Hey Carey, Here are the photos of my MK2 you asked for. AS you can see there is some minor surface rust. The helmet was repainted as evidence of brush strokes on pad,most likley period done. The chin strap unnisued condition added to helmet later. Overall I think its a keeper for my collection. enjoy the photos.

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Posted 24 February 2008 - 03:24 PM

Here are some pictures from stamps in a unissued mk2 it has no big USN or MK2 painted in it. One is McCord round mark with Mk2 model other is Firestone mark they were the ones who installed the liner

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Posted 04 March 2008 - 08:38 AM

I picked up a Talker Helmet at a show this weekend. It has no liner or chin strap.
Can anyone tell me if you can still get foam liners for these helmets?
I have seen a strap on EBAy at about $25 or Buy it Now $35.
Does anyone know a source for better priced straps?
My helmet has some surface rust and a lot of the paint is gone. It is a light blue gray color.
Is it worth preparing the surface and repainting?
Where could I get the right color paint from?

I know I am asking a lot of questions but I would like to restore my talker helmet if possible.

I will add a pic later if anyone is interested.

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Posted 04 March 2008 - 08:59 AM

I picked up a Talker Helmet at a show this weekend. It has no liner or chin strap.
Can anyone tell me if you can still get foam liners for these helmets?
I have seen a strap on EBAy at about $25 or Buy it Now $35.
Does anyone know a source for better priced straps?
My helmet has some surface rust and a lot of the paint is gone. It is a light blue gray color.
Is it worth preparing the surface and repainting?
Where could I get the right color paint from?


I think those chinstraps on ebay are about as good as you'll get unless someone on the forum has a spare one they'll sell for less. I did pay a $25 buy it now price for one a few months ago.

As for the rust: http://www.usmilitar...showtopic=12156 - I would suggest you do not paint it. There is no such thing as a single Navy helmet color and they beat the heck out of them so your may well look the same as it did when it was in use on a ship. Read this thread for one old salt's perspective on Navy helmets: http://www.usmilitar...showtopic=14780

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 01:35 AM

i brought a whole bunch of DVD's at xmas time cause they were real cheap, i went after anything todo with the pacific, on one of these dvds about okinawa and iwo jima i noticed some men wearing talkers helmets and headphones/mics, the interesting thing is there not on ships.

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in this photo you can see the metal chinstrap hook.

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 01:37 AM

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 01:40 AM

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i really like these talker helmets and just had to have one, was looking on ebay and thought i just about had one but the price went through the roof at the last minute, i manged to get one else where for cheaper with chinstrap.

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 02:20 AM

My talker helmet arrived today and im quite happy with it, its got a few dings from storage but who cares, there is also a few spots of rust inside and some flakey bits of paint but its all good.
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Posted 28 March 2008 - 02:22 AM

i was attaching the chin strap and could only find 3 holes then i realised that one of the holes was still pluged with paint, so i took a quick picture of it before i pushed the belt hook through
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Posted 05 April 2008 - 08:36 PM

Greetings:I am a new member to this forum and after reading it I thin it is great.I registered today and this is my first attempt to post.Thanks craig to directing me to this thread.WW2 headgear has always been my passion especially WW2 U.S.It has such a unique style and appearance as well as a respected reputation.My first posting will be of a MKII Green talkers helmet .Pictures of the green MKII can be seen being used in file photos during the early Pacific campaign.These were issued right out of stores in their original OD paint and were not yet painted navy grey and later blue I believe . It also has a rather unique khaki webbing chinstrap and green cloth covered foam padding.It is a favourite of mine andI look forward to your comments.
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Posted 05 April 2008 - 08:38 PM

Close up of the attached khaki chinstrap.
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Posted 05 April 2008 - 08:42 PM

Last photo of the interior. Thank you.
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Posted 03 October 2008 - 09:15 AM

This is my Dads helmet. Anybody recognize the markings.

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 09:42 AM

Wow, I remember about 14 years ago, this helmets was being sold for about $20 at military surplus store.

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 07:34 PM

I called my Dad. He said he bought it maybye 15 years ago, but it was from the Seattle/Tacoma (Wash) area. Couldnt remember where. Antique store, goodwill or maybye Midway drive in.

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 08:47 AM

The Life magazine archives on Google yielded these:

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 07:32 PM

Here is my unissued talker helmet listed the markings inside earlier in this thread.
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Posted 06 May 2009 - 03:04 PM

whats the correct way to install the metal hooks on a Talker Helmet? notice in the photo above from LIFE magazine the hooks are attached from the outside?

but most people here have them with the hooks connected from the inside? are both ways correct?

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