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  1. This was all in a very large and heavy frame and some of the pieces had fallen loose so it needed to be taken apart to fix those. Luckily the patches had light glue and were able to be easily removed. Until I took it apart I could not tell that the VMF(AW)-542 patch was torn at the edge.
  2. I have not been able to find out much about this Marine. He shows up in 1954 Marine muster rolls with MOS 7301 "Basic Air Traffic Control Officer" and in 1955 he shows up as MOS 7302 "Pilot VMF." The display has American Airlines wings so I assume he flew for them after the Marines.
  3. Those subminiature cameras were introduced in 1938 and actually used as spy cameras. I have an empty camera case for one, but no film or camera
  4. That's pretty much it: I don't believe anything can prevent it in the long run. In boating zinc is used as a sacrificial metal to help prevent corrosion of other metals such as prop shafts, through-hull fittings, etc. If I had one of these knives I would store it out of the scabbard just to keep the zinc from having any sort of connection with the brass or tanned leather in the scabbard.
  5. That makes sense because the copper sheathing also protects against marine flora and fauna growing on the hull.
  6. Here's a sampling of completed sales for the last several year. $2,500 seems to be the average low end price, but nicer ones can go for over $3,000. Notice that one went for $3,350 this year and in 2016 one sold for over $3,700!
  7. Finally got time to really go through the four photo albums: my rough count is about 1,200 military photos, post cards and bits of original trench maps - all World War 1 - and maybe hundreds of "tourist" postcards from the turn of the 20th century. Scroll down for a YouTube video. The photos are original photos including Real Photo Post Cards. Most of the post cards are tinted and pre-WWI, except for some post-WWII travel postcards in one of the four albums. The are two large albums and two smaller ones. The veteran who started this collection stam
  8. The family sorted and cataloged aeveral cans of buttons and belt hardware
  9. A local WWI collector (who actually knew what all this stuff was) bought that.
  10. Yes, it personalizes it. I have four photo/postcard albums from him I've only skimmed through. That one photo was loose and felt out onto the floor. I can imagine he would have gotten a kick out of knowing that things he brought home from that war would have people all over the world oohing and awing over a century later. He really did create a time chest that provides a glimpse into what was of interest to a doughboy. Speaking of time and its passage, I got this all from his daughter who is about my age, 70. She and I are what they call "baby boomers" but
  11. Thanks. I noticed a few of the smaller ones are bent in the same manner, as shown in this photo.
  12. His daughter said he got them on the battlefield, but one never knows. She was the one who sorted buttons and other items in the cans and had wrapped the other items in shipping paper. She numbered each: I think that must have been for an inventory list, but I haven't seen it.
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