Well, the first couple trips to the the flea market this year were a bust, but as of this week, I can proudly say that the drought is over. Here is a selection of what I managed to pull out of the bins this week, and a few paper finds from last week.
-- 1st Allied Airborne Ike jacket, with MP collar brass and his whistle still in the pocket, and a couple German dictionaries. The ribbons have seen better days, but the pin is rusted onto the jacket, so they've been there awhile. It's named, but no luck yet in finding out which organization he was with in the 1st AAA. If anyone has MP rosters of those Airborne Divisions, please let me know! Embarrassingly, I almost walked right by it, as I only saw the 1st Army patch and thought "I have a few of those already," but I'm glad I stopped to take a closer look. I nearly spit out my coffee when I turned it around and saw the other patch.
-- Nice little ephemera lot to a pioneer in Company A of the 3051st Combat Engineers, who saw action from Operation Torch all the way through the end of the war in Europe. Includes his ID card, final pay book, a pocket copy of his discharge, and a few other pieces, like liberty passes to go visit sights in Holland.
-- A cigar box filled with photos from a Marine in an aviation unit, including shots of the kill board for VMF(N)-541, downed planes, the "Pin Up Hut" (you can guess what kind of pictures covered the sides of the tent in that one), and a bunch of the standard chumming around shots of buddies in their down time. Unfortunately, the seller cherry picked out the photos of nose art painted on the planes and sold them to someone else, but I found a few negatives of those in the lot, so now I can print my own!
-- Various other photos, including a few to a WAC First Sergeant assigned to Airborne Command, a great Navy WAVES wedding portrait, and a few patches, insignia, and rates to round out the day.
I doubt I'll have another day at the flea market quite as good as this one, but I'm going to keep on trying.