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Started by diggummup , Dec 10 2013 05:14 AM

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#1 diggummup

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 05:14 AM

This is an M1 helmet with a swivel bail, front seam and no liner. It has been painted bronze and has an "official US taxpayer" decal on it. Do you think this is a modifed protest helmet worn by some hippie protester in the 60's? That's what i'm thinking. Also, would something like this have any value?

 

 

 

 

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#2 Garandomatic

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 06:45 AM

Don't know how much in favor of paying taxes the hippies were that threw dog crap on a friend of my dad back in '68.


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Posted 10 December 2013 - 07:26 AM

Looks more like the helmet of a disgruntled veteran !



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 07:47 AM

it is probably from the government hating right wing side; more likely John Birch Society than hippie or anti-war protester. There are lots of varieties with the same message and lots of pin backs and badges.



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 09:47 AM

Not sure if it would be John Birch, I figure they'd be a bit more openly anti-communist/UN, etc. It could very well just be from resistance to the increases in taxes that occurred sometime between 68-74 or so that Nixon, I think, put in place to combat inflation, but actually lead to "stagflation," maybe.



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 12:16 PM

Don't know how much in favor of paying taxes the hippies were that threw dog crap on a friend of my dad back in '68.

Yeah, I guess "Protest Helmet' would be a more fitting title than Hippie Helmet"

 

Looks more like the helmet of a disgruntled veteran !

I  think that makes more sense. Being that the decal is 60's early 70's Vietnam era, I would think the disgruntled vet. would have been a Vietnam vet?

With that being said, wouldn't a disgruntled Vietnam Vet. be wearing the newer style M1 that would have been issued to him versus an old style WW2 front seam M1?



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Posted 15 December 2013 - 06:39 AM

I would say that whoever made that protest helmet just went to the local army navy surplus store and bought a helmet from the pile for a few bucks and it just happened to be a WWII pot or they found it in their attic, yardsale etc.....mike



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Posted 15 December 2013 - 07:46 AM

I would say that whoever made that protest helmet just went to the local army navy surplus store and bought a helmet from the pile for a few bucks and it just happened to be a WWII pot or they found it in their attic, yardsale etc.....mike

Thanks. I forgot, WW2 surplus was a dime a dozen back in the day. 




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