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#1 copdoc

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Posted 12 June 2010 - 02:10 PM

Any info on these? I googled and found out the company was in business in 1896 and made steel beds and tools. I did not find anything about military contracts except for tools.

Anyone have any idea why it is stamped for the Philadelphia Ordnance Dept?

This one outlasted the 35 year guarantee on the civilian steel beds.

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Posted 12 June 2010 - 02:18 PM

Looks like a nice pre-WW2 military bunk as would have been used in barracks...

Barcalo Buffalo was also the main supplier for the wrenches in Ford GPW Jeep tool kits...

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Posted 12 June 2010 - 02:41 PM

Looks like a nice pre-WW2 military bunk as would have been used in barracks...

Barcalo Buffalo was also the main supplier for the wrenches in Ford GPW Jeep tool kits...


Thanks. Do you have any idea why it would be stamped Philia Ord Depot?


Edit. A friend emailed that they were made at the Phila Ord Depot and mattresses were made in prisons.

Edited by copdoc, 12 June 2010 - 03:00 PM.


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Posted 12 June 2010 - 03:25 PM

I'd love to own one of them! Unfortunately, I don't think these are in too great supply... :(

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Posted 12 June 2010 - 03:41 PM

Barcalo Buffalo was also the main supplier for the wrenches in Ford GPW Jeep tool kits...



The main claim to fame was Barcalounger reclining furniture.

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Posted 12 June 2010 - 06:04 PM

I'vr no idea who made them but identical bunks were in common use into the '60s...if not longer.

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Posted 12 June 2010 - 06:40 PM

I'd love to own one of them! Unfortunately, I don't think these are in too great supply... :(

Apparently as I got an email from someone looking for 4 of them. I guess they were sold as scrap and only a few pulled out. You would think that somewhere, some dorm or hurricane shelter would have some that were surplussed out.

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Posted 13 June 2010 - 04:02 AM

wow just had a flashback to basic training -- thanks - also slept on one during training at Camp Ripley in the early 70's in a tin hut - great place to sleep in a rain storm :lol:

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Posted 13 June 2010 - 10:36 AM

wow just had a flashback to basic training -- thanks - also slept on one during training at Camp Ripley in the early 70's in a tin hut - great place to sleep in a rain storm :lol:

Glad you guys enjoyed it so much. It had been in the garage for 40 years or more. Glad I kept the mattress inside.

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Posted 13 June 2010 - 11:01 AM

Had seen those old bunks used into the late 70's, maybe early 80's. SKIP

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Posted 13 June 2010 - 11:29 AM

I have one exactly like that out on a shelf in my pole barn, but I've never noticed any markings on it-same color as that Barcalo,too. Were all WW2 ones marked? Mine came from an old house that I bought and tore down.
As an aside, my Dad has mentioned that the bunks he slept on in England (at his 8th AAF base) had matresses in three sections,and they called them "Biscuits".

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Posted 13 June 2010 - 05:43 PM

I have one exactly like that out on a shelf in my pole barn, but I've never noticed any markings on it-same color as that Barcalo,too. Were all WW2 ones marked? Mine came from an old house that I bought and tore down.
As an aside, my Dad has mentioned that the bunks he slept on in England (at his 8th AAF base) had matresses in three sections,and they called them "Biscuits".


I'm not sure about others, I never looked until the other day when I just wondered if it was marked/dated. Dad told me it was WWII issue from Camp Mackall. Someone gave it to him after WWII. The mattress for this one is one piece is very heavy for the size and not marked that I can tell. According to a friend they were made in the prisons.

I can't believe the flurry of emails of people interested in these old cots. The military marked and dated almost everything. See if yours in marked and put up a pic.

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Posted 13 June 2010 - 06:06 PM

A good source to check are Boy Scout camps. Many were supplied with surplus metal bunks fifty years ago which, these days, are being junked.

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Posted 13 June 2010 - 07:14 PM

A good source to check are Boy Scout camps. Many were supplied with surplus metal bunks fifty years ago which, these days, are being junked.

Tom


looks exactly like the cots we use at boy scout summer camp, I'll have to check them out when we go this year. most have all the springs and wire mesh in them, but some of the mesh have been replaced with wooden boards

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Posted 14 June 2010 - 06:17 AM

It is marked Philadelphia Q.M. Depot... bed and bedding material was Quartermaster Corps responsibility.

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 07:11 PM

I hope the demand for these continues.  I recently found three of them and only want to keep two for myself so I'd like to see the last go to a collector. If interested msg me. I'll post pics soon (they are my other computer). Tom



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Posted 14 December 2013 - 07:20 PM

I think the major problem isn't always a lack of demand, it's the costly shipping of them.

 

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 08:31 PM

Nice bunk.  I have one exactly like it and am looking for a source for a mattress.  Any leads where I can find a cot or bunk bed mattress source?  Thanks!



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Posted 14 December 2013 - 08:41 PM

I too have one like that but marked Med. Corps 1942 and am looking for a source for a mattress also.



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Posted 15 December 2013 - 04:39 AM

I had an extra mattress but it was dirty and stained so I threw it away when I first posted this.  One mattress was in great shape and wrapped up so I kept that one.  Sorry guys, but even the mattress would have been a bear to wrap and ship.



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Posted 15 December 2013 - 10:57 AM

Slept on them in th 80's in Missile Launch Control Centers.  Never had a bad nights sleep on one.



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Posted 01 January 2014 - 03:57 PM

I had an extra mattress but it was dirty and stained so I threw it away when I first posted this.  One mattress was in great shape and wrapped up so I kept that one.  Sorry guys, but even the mattress would have been a bear to wrap and ship.

Can you please post a picture of the mattress?



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Posted 01 January 2014 - 05:11 PM

Can you please post a picture of the mattress?

 

Sure  It was hard to get to and wife had put plastic cover on it.  I'll get some better pics later if you need them.  The tag had been sewed in the seam.  I might be able to cut the thread so you can see it but want to take my time if I do. I have seen these blue striped mattreses in several prisons and jails 20-30 years ago.  I am not sure they were the same size. The numbers appear to be on the date line?????????

 

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Posted 08 January 2014 - 07:29 AM

I went and dug mine out and on one end it has this stamped into it,

 

STOCK No.26-C-3050 SPEC.No.32 7A

CONT. No. W-199-QM-23690 CQMD 1-24-42                      U.S.

HAGGARD & MARCUSSON Co.

 

Anyone know what this means?  C(?) Q(quartermaster) M(medical) D(department) 



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Posted 20 February 2014 - 06:36 PM

Terry K,

 

CQMD is Chicago Quartermaster Depot.

 

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