It's a small (pilot?) chute signed by LOTS of soldiers (I haven't counted, but I'll bet more than 50); most are men from Company B of the 505th. All appear to be survivors, so either this was done shortly after the war, or at a reunion.
One thing puzzles me a bit - I had assumed that this was a pilot chute from the parachute rigging used by the Airborne - but in another post, I am told that they did not have pilot chutes, since the static line was attached directly to the ripcord of the main chute...
The chute is white silk, and measures just over 48 inches in diameter lying flat. There are many small areas, and one large area, where the fountain pen nib that was being used to write (or draw) had torn the silk...Still, it is a great piece and I love the way the campaigns are listed in fan-like order around the top of the canopy, as well as the artistic renderings!
Is this a US-made chute? A foreign chute? Any help appreciated!
BTW - I'm going to list all the signatures that are on it in a later post- but for now, here are some pics (sorry for the poor quality of some of them):
TOP OF CHUTE:
UNDERSIDE OF CHUTE:
STAMPING ON CHUTE:
Edited by grrrldoc, 30 December 2008 - 12:57 AM.