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USN Talker Helmet

Started by craig_pickrall , Jan 03 2007 12:07 PM

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#21 Mercenary25

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 09:42 AM

Wow, I remember about 14 years ago, this helmets was being sold for about $20 at military surplus store.

#22 craig johnson

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 07:34 PM

I called my Dad. He said he bought it maybye 15 years ago, but it was from the Seattle/Tacoma (Wash) area. Couldnt remember where. Antique store, goodwill or maybye Midway drive in.

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#23 Bob Hudson

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 08:47 AM

The Life magazine archives on Google yielded these:

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 07:32 PM

Here is my unissued talker helmet listed the markings inside earlier in this thread.
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Posted 06 May 2009 - 03:04 PM

whats the correct way to install the metal hooks on a Talker Helmet? notice in the photo above from LIFE magazine the hooks are attached from the outside?

but most people here have them with the hooks connected from the inside? are both ways correct?

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#26 Got da Penny

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 03:52 PM

Bolo, -------> 9 out of 10 Talker Helmet Collectors.

Recommend the Hooks on the "Inside". :lol:


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just my 2 cents.

Take a CLOSE LOOK at POST #3 ..... Shows clips on OUTSIDE.

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Edited by Got da Penny, 06 May 2009 - 03:59 PM.


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Posted 06 May 2009 - 04:45 PM

Hi,
Here's my setup, helmet and talker unit. The chin strap was on the helmet when I found it.

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Posted 10 July 2009 - 06:18 AM

Greetings:I am a new member to this forum and after reading it I thin it is great.I registered today and this is my first attempt to post.Thanks craig to directing me to this thread.WW2 headgear has always been my passion especially WW2 U.S.It has such a unique style and appearance as well as a respected reputation.My first posting will be of a MKII Green talkers helmet .Pictures of the green MKII can be seen being used in file photos during the early Pacific campaign.These were issued right out of stores in their original OD paint and were not yet painted navy grey and later blue I believe . It also has a rather unique khaki webbing chinstrap and green cloth covered foam padding.It is a favourite of mine andI look forward to your comments.
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Hi,

Like I said in an old post about this helmet, it's not an US Navy helmet, but a West-German helmet for the BundesMarine.
It's exactly a first model, I've just bought a second model made by Schuberth.

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The first model is a little bit different on the liner and chinstrap.
The second model have a liner most likely the US one.

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 07:08 PM

While looking for something else I spotted this pic and figured I would add it to the pile.

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Posted 03 December 2009 - 11:15 AM

I have a talker's helmet, missing the chinstrap and painted red. Anyone know of a significance to the color?

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Posted 03 December 2009 - 11:24 AM

I have a talker's helmet, missing the chinstrap and painted red. Anyone know of a significance to the color?

Rick


I think you find that on Navy ship's damage control teams had red helmets.

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Posted 31 January 2011 - 04:55 PM

I think you find that on Navy ship's damage control teams had red helmets.


Not always, red was also used to indicate ordnance personnel in WW2 and later.

The real indicator is what is stenciled on the helmet.

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 11:46 PM

I've been a collector of U.S. WW1 & WW2 helmets since 1967 or '68. It was briefly interupted by my service in the U.S.N., during which time I had the privilidge of determining for myself, that I would never have a phone-talkers helmet in my collection.


I wear a size 7-1/4" hat. - The phone-talker's helmet was designed for about a size 7.

Wear one for anything over about two hours during "general quarters", and you won't have one in your collecton either.

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 08:21 PM

Does anyone have any authoritative evidence as to when the USN Talker Helmets were first used in combat?!? Pearl Harbor era? Coral Sea? Midway?
I just got a darn close to new condition talker with chinstrap and I've been trying successfully so far to keep it off my 9 year old son's head 'cause he thinks it looks like a Star Wars rebel helmet!


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