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  1. According to wikipedia, NAS Lake City was commissioned in 1942 and "regular military operations terminated in March 1946." I'd assume it's from that period, but I suppose it's possible it was made later as a souvenir for a reunion or something. The graphics are screen printed or applied as a water-transfer decal, either of which could be from that era.
  2. Another user suggested I post this thrift store find over here. 8.5" x 8.5" wooden plaque, featuring a Donald-esque duck. The drawing looks a little too crude to have been a product of the Disney team, but it's certainly inspired by their work.
  3. Found this at the thrift store yesterday. Screen print or water decal on 1/4" ply.
  4. The Thailand scroll is screen printed red/yellow on a canvas material, and then stitched on with zig-zag yellow thread.
  5. Ok, cool. If the wikipedia article on Takhli is correct, this must date from sometime between1965 when the tankers started operating out of Takhli, and early 68 when they moved to Taiwan. Does that seem right? Are these hats (not the patches) theater made or USGI?
  6. Found this at a local thrift shop. Stitched-on patches are crudely screen printed fabric. Inside lining is a salmon color. Snaps on both sides. The spelling of Takhli is wrong, but that's probably not that weird. Seem legit?
  7. Thanks gang. Based on the traceable connection back to the Air Corps, I figured it was probably done by the original owner. I'm used to seeing that kind of personalization on leather jackets, but didn't know it was common on combat/workwear. Was that kind of thing acceptable only in active combat areas where uniform regulations were necessarily somewhat lax? I know I think it looks awesome, but does this kind of customization make it more or less interesting to a collector?
  8. This old first pattern HBT jacket is obviously the real deal, but what about these stenciled or drawn on insignia? The original owners name and serial number are legible on the collar and inside the right pocket, and a quick Google search shows that he did indeed enlist in the Air Corps in Sept 1942. So, what's up with the Air Corps shoulder insignia and Carrier Command back logo? Are those something that could have been applied in the field? Was that kind of personalization common or acceptable? Thanks for your input.
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