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How to peel a 1930's USN Flat Hat like an onion

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Posted 26 March 2007 - 09:26 PM

I was hoping the title might catch your attention!

This is one of my finds at the SOS for a paltry $8 . Most people do not give a USN EM hat the time of day. I almost didnt pick this one up either, but the cap tally looked a little " thick " . I picked it up and saw multiple layers of silk. Without drawing undue attention to it I asked the price and walked away to look at the cap like a kid does when he opens a pack of baseball cards.

To my surprise there were 2 more tallies underneath the US NAVY tally. It was a common practice before WWII to layer tallies on a hat when changing station. This fellow did exactly that. The USS Benson tally is somewhat scarce because the ship was small and was not commissioned until July 1940. By 1942 due to security, ships name tallies had to be switched to US NAVY ones giving this one a life of approximately 2 years.


Edited by KASTAUFFER, 26 March 2007 - 09:27 PM.

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Posted 27 March 2007 - 06:02 AM

I never knew they did that! I am going to check mine out tonight.

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Posted 27 March 2007 - 01:12 PM

Excellent find!
I have a couple of extra "trader" tallies if someone else collects them.

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Posted 27 March 2007 - 02:50 PM

Very cool Kurt,

I have found a couple like that at flea markets and it is allways a thrill!


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Posted 27 March 2007 - 05:38 PM

Reminds me of what some SF guys do with their beret flashes - just sew the flash of the new SF group over that of the prior SF group.
Nice find!

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