I've been on here for a while but have mainly been a lurker and occasional poster. I'd like to get more involved in US militaria now, though, so I think you'll be seeing much more from me.
My name is Quinn, I'm 22 years old and live in Toronto Canada. I've been collecting since I was 8 - my dad used to tell me war stories from my grandpa and great uncles who fought in the second world war, and then take me to the army surplus stores in New Westminster in BC Canada and let me pick out little items. Those are some of my best memories!
My collection is quite small, as I'm a student and have limited funds. I like to focus mainly on finding items on local classifieds and at garage sales, and am especially excited when I can put the name of an owner with an item.
In the history of humans, wars have nearly always been the crux of change. Conflicts like the civil war, war of 1812, WW1, WW2, Korea, Vietnam, etc. were driving forces of change in the everyday lives of people all around the world. These conflicts shook the earth and resulted in massive loss of life and industry; but they got us to where we are now. Collecting militaria gives these conflicts a human aspect - the individual faces of wars past that we cannot forget.
Looking forward to interacting more with this community!