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#1 MasonK

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Posted 18 July 2015 - 01:25 PM

Hit up a local yardsale that advertised militaria. Was told there would be medals and helmets. 

 

Helmet was Civil Defense, missing the liner. Medals were all modern (I collect earlier). 

 

Still, I wasn't disappointing. A handful of garrison caps, an unknown cap, and a small paper/photo grouping. 

 

First up, the unknown cap. Any ideas? Cap is felt (sadly, moth's had a field day), and has an Eagle snap on the top. 

 

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#2 MasonK

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Posted 18 July 2015 - 01:25 PM

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Posted 18 July 2015 - 01:26 PM

Next up is an WWI EM overseas cap, with a French made Engineer insignia. 

 

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#4 MasonK

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Posted 18 July 2015 - 01:27 PM

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#5 MasonK

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Posted 18 July 2015 - 01:32 PM

A nice selection of overseas caps from all services

 

USN Officer's cap w/Vanguard insignia

 

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WWII USMC cover, named on the interior (have not researched yet)

 

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#6 MasonK

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Posted 18 July 2015 - 01:33 PM

Two Army caps, circa 1950's - unsure of the piping (gold and blue)

 

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Posted 18 July 2015 - 01:36 PM

Army/Air force ribbon bar

 

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#8 MasonK

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Posted 18 July 2015 - 01:38 PM

Lastly, the small paper grouping. Again, un-researched. 

 

The photos are what drew me to the group. 

 

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Posted 18 July 2015 - 01:39 PM

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#10 MasonK

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Posted 18 July 2015 - 01:39 PM

Reverse of the top photo says "Our Mascot Oscar"

 

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Posted 18 July 2015 - 01:59 PM

Nice finds! That first photograph is quite interesting. Looks like he was in photography possibly?

 

 

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#12 MasonK

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Posted 18 July 2015 - 05:19 PM

Thanks, Dakota. I'm thinking he was too. That camera is massive, though!



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Posted 18 July 2015 - 06:18 PM

Gold & blue piping is for the chemical branch.

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Posted 19 July 2015 - 12:42 AM

Thanks, Dakota. I'm thinking he was too. That camera is massive, though!

 

Any ideas what that large of a camera would be used for? Full body portraits?

Kinda interested in the photograph with him next to the "BASE PHOTO" Never seen that sign before

 

 

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Posted 19 July 2015 - 06:05 AM

My guess would be thats an enlarger and it might be used for all kinds of photos maybe including air recon photos and maps?...just guessing....mike

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Posted 19 July 2015 - 07:58 AM

It is a Gallery Camera and they were manufactured in some very large sizes as they were used primarily in the graphic arts for mapping, publishing and photograph enlargement.   I was in military mapping and we had one in Ottawa that was manufactured in the early 1950s, it took a complete room and you walked in the back to mount huge sheets of film onto a vacuum board.   Once the exposure was completed, this was computed by referencing exposure and setting books, you took the film and hand-developed it in large tanks.   All of this technology became redundant in the early 1990s with the advent of drum scanners and digital mapping.



#17 MasonK

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Posted 23 July 2015 - 04:40 PM

Thanks for the identification edstorey!



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Posted 10 August 2015 - 02:02 PM

Nice caps, but the 1st one is quite unique.



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Posted 11 August 2015 - 07:22 PM

Nice finds!



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Posted 11 August 2015 - 07:55 PM

Would the camera have been used to take identification photos of servicemen to be put in their records? 



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Posted 12 August 2015 - 03:43 PM

Thanks, gentlemen.

 

Stephen, still trying to put an Id to that cap. Can't seem to find another like it, so I'm leaning towards one of kind, privately made.

 

Mcdermutt, I'll have to defer to Edstorey as he seems to be the subject matter expert on this device.


Edited by MasonK, 12 August 2015 - 03:45 PM.


#22 MWalsh

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Posted 13 August 2015 - 06:04 AM

Eric,

Have you tried posting pics of that first cap in the 19th century section here, or in one of the other sections?

Might get a lot more views from other members there, to help solve the mystery.

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Posted 13 August 2015 - 11:13 AM

I actually posted it in the uniform section. It has 96 views, and no responses. 

 

http://www.usmilitar...known-army-cap/

 

I was thinking of sending it to Military Trader Magazine. They have a "Military Whatzit" section, where collectors can request an ID on an item. Ironically, that section is sponsored by USMF. 

 

Do you think it's 1800's manufacture?



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Posted 13 August 2015 - 12:17 PM

The first cap looks like it may be Italian.



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Posted 13 August 2015 - 03:47 PM

Here's a thought on it too - you don't suppose that hat is some weird, bastardized WW1 era campaign hat which was modified for some odd purpose, like theater or something?


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