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  1. I purchased this 4"x4" photo in a local antique shop. Looks like it was taken with an old Brownie type camera. A friend who reads Japanese translated the Kanji Big Kanji letters say: Naga saki town area bomb caused materials[
  2. I picked up the above book at a used book store. The original publication date was 1914 and this copy is effective January 1, 1916. Just wanted to share my pleasure at the acquisition. Anyone have any comments about the book? thanks
  3. May I copy one of these and use it in a presentation at a State Button Show? I am giving a presentation on Uniform Buttons and I like to tie in the effects of the war and the human side. I will also be using some photos from the internet, a relative's WW2 uniform, a relative's WW1 aluminum cup with name and number stamped on it which he brought back and a WW1 souvenir /gravedigger belt to bring history a little closer. It's the research about the units that draws me.
  4. That is wonderful, both the find and the ultimate identification and addition to the Find A Grave Memorial. I collect postcards, photos and memorabilia from WW1 when I am fortunate enough to find them. Also a big collector of uniform buttons, both US and foreign. It is rare that the photos are identified like yours. My uncle who died at age 94 was in a Texas training camp in 1918 and almost died of the influenza. My mother was very young, age 4, and remembered her parents crying and immediately leaving by train to see him as they had been advised to hurry as he was possibly going to die.
  5. I recently purchased a photo (12x14 in) of what appears to be a graduating class of sailors. At the bottom of the photo are the following: 43-562 Co. Commander V.A. Miller, C. Sp. rump't. Co. Comd'r. O. H. Kilian, Sp. (A) 1/c Can anyone tell me what this means? I believe it was taken during WW2 but not sure. Thanks for any help.
  6. Thank you, I have checked American Military Button Makers and Dealers by McGuinn and Bazelton, but might have missed something. I don't have Tice's Dating Buttons, (I'm looking for a copy though) I sure appreciate all the info you share on this forum. I collect uniform buttons (military, police and fire) and livery buttons and find that knowing where to access the info is vital to identification. There is a lot of crossover in the manufacturers so thought I'd try here.
  7. I have run across a Police button with the backmark N S Co. AA Quality. Does anyone have any knowledge of this company or the general dates of operation? The button is a silver colored Johnstown Police Dept. tunic button with brass base and brazed shank
  8. A little more info: There is a picture of a WW2 nurses apron if you go to WW2 Nurses Images on Google search. The one I am referencing is a gray dress with helmet and white apron. The dress has long sleeves and white cuffs. The top bib would be large enough to come up almost to the neck, and the top and bottom were usually detachable on nurse uniforms so if the bottom part got dirty it could be changed without changing the whole outfit. Could be though, as the material appears flimsier than the civilian type and maybe they just changed the whole thing and there were many available.
  9. Civilian nurses, 1926 - 1950 at least, wore uniforms that included white aprons but these were fastened with removable shell buttons that had a metal shank and were attached with safety pins. They had to be removed before the apron and uniform were washed, starched and ironed. Nurses in those days often wore white cuffs also and were expected to remain pristine for the duration of their shift! The starch was so heavy that if they wanted to sit they had to reach behind to the edges of the split apron and pull the "wings" outward so they could perch on stool. No sitting down at a desk and re
  10. Thank you for this post, it is very informative and has helped me identify some of the uniform buttons I have been wondering about. I'm sure it will help me again in the future.
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