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#1 Ken Crane

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Posted 17 February 2007 - 10:29 AM

I have recently found myself interested in collecting Civil Air Patrol items. Since I was a member of C.A.P. in the 80's I guess it makes logical sense that this would be part of my collecting interest.

I would love for members to post their C.A.P. items here so that all of us can see examples and hopefully build a reference to these items. I've found printed reference material lacking so far in this are of collecting.

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#2 Ken Crane

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Posted 17 February 2007 - 10:30 AM

Senior Member National Shoulder Patch version 3
Cut edged, full embroidered
Authorized: November 1944
Discontinued: December 31, 1954

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Edited by Ken Crane, 17 February 2007 - 10:33 AM.


#3 Ken Crane

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Posted 17 February 2007 - 10:33 AM

Senior Member Flight Cap Badges
Cut edged, fully embroidered
Used: February 1942 to June 1968

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Posted 17 February 2007 - 10:35 AM

Cadet Member Flight Cap Badges
Cut edged, partially embroidered on twill
Discontinued mid-1984

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#5 Ken Crane

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Posted 17 February 2007 - 10:37 AM

C A P Cadet Breast Badge
Cut edged, partially embroidered on twill
- Authorized: November 1942
- Discontinued: 1949

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#6 Ken Crane

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Posted 17 February 2007 - 10:38 AM

Most of my patch reference to-date has come from: http://www.incountry...es/gallery.html

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Posted 17 February 2007 - 01:03 PM

Senior Member National Shoulder Patch version 3
Partially embroidered on twill
- Authorized: November 1944
- Discontinued: December 31, 1954

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Edited by Ken Crane, 17 February 2007 - 01:07 PM.


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Posted 17 February 2007 - 05:59 PM

Sorry for the crummy photo. WWII CAP pilot's wings and cap device. Got the cap device for a song at a junk store. The wings, Ouch! (eBay, of course.)

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#9 Ken Crane

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Posted 17 February 2007 - 07:08 PM

Really nice Tom! Can we see pics of the backs?

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Posted 17 February 2007 - 07:18 PM

Interesting thread http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif I was in CAP for 10 years when I was younger and still have all my uniforms. I also have one of the twill shoulder patches you posted, they are somewhat hard to come by in that nice of condition. Thanks for posting your items.

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Posted 18 February 2007 - 07:00 AM

Here are the backs of the insignia. The main stud and one of the "positioning points" are broken off the cap device.

The cap device says "NS Meyer, NY". The wings say "Robbins Co, Attaboro" and "Sterling".

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#12 Ken Crane

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Posted 18 February 2007 - 08:22 AM

Thanks Tom! Excellent reference picture!

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Posted 18 February 2007 - 01:56 PM

1943 Advertisement...

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Posted 19 February 2007 - 08:19 AM

Good looking stuff there! I spent 18 years in CAP, finally retiring in 1995 so I'd have the time to get into Civil War reenacting. I was an original member of the CAP National Historical Committee and did some monographs on CAP uniforms & insignia. It was a lot of fun and I'm glad to see collecting CAP items has come into it's own after mostly neglect by collectors for so many years. Some good stuff to be found out there if someone will just go look for it.
A few weeks ago, I picked up an original pilots wings (Robbins hallmark), for only $30 at a gunshow! I dang near fainted at getting such a good price. (Now if I could just land another Observers half-wing for the same kind of money!)
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Posted 20 February 2007 - 07:22 AM

Here's one you don't see that often:

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But it's by Green Inc, NOT Robbins!

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Posted 20 February 2007 - 02:14 PM

That's a great CAP related camel ad, I have that exact one myself. If I recall correctly, it's on the back of a LIFE magazine, right? Found mine in a huge pile of them I was going through in an antique shop. Nice example.

#17 Ken Crane

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Posted 20 February 2007 - 04:31 PM

I found mine on eBay. I've seen a couple of copies floating around so apparently they're more common. Great ad though!

I've started watching some of the wings. Darn things go up in price pretty quick on eBay! So if any of you guys are running up the bids, how about giving a guy a break! :)


Thanks everyone for the comments and pictures! Keep 'em coming!

Edited by Ken Crane, 20 February 2007 - 04:33 PM.


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Posted 20 February 2007 - 09:16 PM

LIFE Magazine
APR 27, 1942

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Posted 20 February 2007 - 09:16 PM

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Posted 20 February 2007 - 09:17 PM

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#21 Ken Crane

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 04:50 PM

Very nice Craig. Some great pictures with that article!

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Posted 26 February 2007 - 04:19 PM

National Shoulder Patch version 2
Cadet Member
Full embroidered Cut-edged 3" disc
- Authorized: March 1943
- Discontinued: November 1944

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Posted 26 February 2007 - 04:21 PM

National Shoulder Patch version 3
Cadet Member
Partially embroidered Cut-edged 2.5" disc on twill
- Authorized: October 1944
- Discontinued: December 31, 1954

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Posted 26 February 2007 - 04:22 PM

Senior Member Breast Badge
Full embroidered cut-edged
- Authorized: September 1954
- Discontinued: December 1966

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Edited by Ken Crane, 26 February 2007 - 04:24 PM.


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Posted 27 February 2007 - 06:00 AM

A little CAP trivia for you guys:
The original S/M officers hat badges was nicknamed the "Donkey Ears" ( photo #8),
and the senior member breast patch shown in # 24 was often called the "Coca-Cola patch", or the "Pepsi-Cola" patch, because of its colors and the location where it was worn (over the right pocket).
Another interesting thing about CAP insignia from WWII, is that sometimes you may see photos of pilots wearing the original design pilots badge as a hat badge on the service cap. Getting the proper insignia and in the right quantities to the troops in the field was a big problem for CAP during the war years.


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