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Brian Keith

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  1. I just got unloaded from this show. I've been attending the OVMS shows for a LOT of years (who all remembers the "Drawbridge" shows). I recently have been getting a table or two to reduce the size of my careful and studied collection (read-hoard). As was stated, very wide isles, lots of room for social distancing. masks worn. My personal observation was that attendance was down from the usual, but as a some time vendor, I was very pleased with my sales. There is always great militaria to be had, but, my "war chest" had been seriously depleted a few weeks ago, so my usual tight pocket book stayed nearly closed. I only bought a (British) rifle sling for $5 and two cases of Rikker mounts from Ruddles Mills, -excellent quality, USA made cases. (I have no affiliation with them, I just like the quality of the products and usually buy a case or two here and the SOS.) I and my buddy, sold several things to a fellow who drove down from Wisconsin to attend the show. From what he said, it was worth the drive for him. If you collect militaria, and are within a few hours drive of Wilmington, OH., you are missing out if you don't attend! Kudos and Thanks to all the folks who make this show happen! I am planning to attend the next show in November 6-7, 2020. I think I will be able to take time Friday to have a table or two also. Items I sold this past show were all my M-1 helmets and liners, a lot of WW II and VN field gear, some of my own Afghanistan souvenirs, lots of things from my $1 box. Since I don't sell militaria for a living, and have had a lot of things for years, I try to price things very, very reasonable. It seems I price things below "market" when I see things I sold on other vendors tables for sale! BKW
  2. I have a roll of that I picked up in England in 1993, been so long since I've seen it, I don't recall if it has a parachute. I know mine doesn't have a box like yours. Nice Find! Thanks for posting it. BKW
  3. Good Luck with your project. Talkers are not as common as they once were. BKW
  4. Nice finds Bob, I haven't been out flea-marketing yet. Just the regular thrift stores. Not finding much. BKW
  5. Thanks for your comments Leigh, There is lots of VN war photographic evidence of the Ace of Spades being carried, some on enemy KIA's. Less known is the reasoning behind it. With todays internet resources, it is quite a bit simpler to chase down some information. Regards, BKW
  6. I don't think we have to look very hard to learn something here. One your integrity is put into question, it will haunt you. Even if everything in this sale is 100% original as the vet owned it, it will always have stigma. As has often been said, sum of the parts. BKW
  7. Glad you enjoyed the post! We often know about something, but lack background details. One of the reasons I look at a lot of the various topics here. Like Forrest Gump says, You never know what you are going to get! Also, the U. S. Playing Card Company also made these during Desert Storm and are so marked at the bottom of the cards. Regards, BKW
  8. This “Aces of Spades” deck of cards was specially produced by the U. S. Playing Card Company of Cincinnati, OH., and sent to U. S. forces fighting in Vietnam. My buddie has had these for many years. From the USPC website: “The Ace of Spades served a famous purpose in the war in Vietnam. In February, 1966, two lieutenants of Company "C," Second Battalion, 35th Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, wrote The United States Playing Card Company and requested decks containing nothing but the Bicycle® Ace of Spades. The cards were useful in psychological warfare. The Viet Cong were very superstitious and highly frightened by this Ace. The French previously had occupied Indo-China, and in French fortunetelling with cards, the Spades predicted death and suffering. The Viet Cong even regarded lady liberty as a goddess of death. USPC shipped thousands of the requested decks gratis to our troops in Vietnam. These decks were housed in plain white tuck cases, inscribed "Bicycle® Secret Weapon." The cards were deliberately scattered in the jungle and in hostile villages during raids. The very sight of the Bicycle® Ace card was said to cause many Viet Cong to flee.” The use of the “Death Card” became widespread during the war and many units printed their own. Army PSYOPS (Psychological Operations) studied the theory of the enemy being afraid of the card and could find no evidence to back up the claim. From a Vietnam Veterans web site, we find this: “So why was the ace of spades so popular that some individuals or units actually ordered them from playing card manufacturers to place on the bodies of dead Viet Cong and NVA? The answer seems to be, because the American troops just loved them. Although the cards were allegedly anti-Communist PSYOP, in fact they were really pro-American PSYOP. U.S. troops got a kick out of them and loved the idea of leaving them on bodies. Like wolves, it was a way to mark their territory. It proclaimed them the biggest and “baddest” varmints in the valley of death. The cards motivated and encouraged American troops far more than they terrified the enemy.” I see you can buy fakes of these from China, be aware. Thanks for looking. BKW
  9. Great thread, I'd love to find a box of that ammo also. Great photo's! Thanks, BKW
  10. Nice, but I think your missing the main ingredient. It is hard to find the WW II dated ones all the ones I come across are VN surplus. BKW
  11. I see, the donkey belongs to the rat. Very good. BKW
  12. Very cool! I think the pin-up is still doing her job also! BKW
  13. Minor technical detail, the rat and the donkey need to switch places. Now, with it being a five star general's helmet, we could probably nail down who wore it. BKW
  14. Very nice souvenir. They were used by the Imperial Japanese Navy, and it fires the 6.5 mm Japanese cartridge. Just to avoid confusion, the Italian made, Japanese Type I rifles do not have a "mum" on them. BKW
  15. Hello Powerhouse, My buddy did some quick internet searches and verbally passed along the information. Since I didn't get the PH, I haven't reason to follow up. Maybe b searching this persons records you can find out more about the LST. My buddy did say the LST was one of the one's built at Evansville, IN. Regards, BKW
  16. Thanks for the additional comments folks. We have a couple of other items from the Jay Garment Co., a couple wartime company newsletters, one mentions a former female employee who was serving in the Marines. And at a local auction, I found a single 13 star metal button in a button jar, the button was never used and the wife of the household had worked at the company during WW II. I read once that it was a conscious decision by the War Department to allow makers to put their company name on items to show military users who made the things they were issued. I do find it interesting where the militaria I purchase was actually produced. But, sometimes what you find as an maker location, is just where the company headquarters is located, not the physical location of the plant. Great input, Thanks! BKW
  17. Love the NOK tags. Nice set from an little less known branch. Great you found more info. BKW
  18. Thanks everyone. I'm trying to decide if I should put them on a full mannequin or in a case. BKW
  19. Great Photo! Thanks for the comments all. The Lt's pair of coveralls seem to be in very nice shape also! BKW
  20. I picked up this uncommon set of Nurses HBT coveralls the other day, I think it is the first set I’ve ever seen/noticed. Special features are the epaulets, button belt instead of a buckle, and a drop seat. I wonder why they didn’t put a drop seat in the men’s version, that was a common complaint about the camo HBT coveralls. Thanks for looking. BKW
  21. Neat can and great information! Thanks, BKW
  22. Very nice group! He certainly put a lot of rounds down range to earn that many awards. BKW
  23. Thanks for all the comments folks. These will live in a local veterans history museum that I'm associated with. BKW
  24. I've been collecting militaria since the early '70's when I was in grade school. I grew up and still live in a small town that had a few small factories that produced items for the war effort during WW II. One company, The Jay Garment Company, made HBT shirts and coveralls (possibly trousers, but I haven't been able to prove that). Since I found out about those products in the later 70's, I've always been on the look out for them. Today, I was able to purchase a near mint HBT coveralls made in my home town of Portland, IN. I'm sure a lot of you folks get great enjoyment in finding something you've been searching for and I wanted to share my enjoyment with you. Thanks for looking! Now, to find a shirt! Anybody else look for your own locally made militaria? BKW
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