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  1. On 9/16/2020 at 10:28 AM, kammo-man said:

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    It’s funny but on most films the same kind of thing is always photographed.
    Here’s me at the bottom with the rest of the dummies awaiting to get dressed into a set during Squad.


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    Looks like you joined the Corpse Corps. 

  2. The post a bit earlier about the pub with lots of insignia on the walls reminded me of some of my favorite goodies from my other interest, the Space program.  Years ago someone offered a big collection of signed astronaut photos.  They were priced incredibly cheap because they had been tacked to a wall and were not in very good shape.  I bought 7 or 8 of them.  After I got them I realized from the inscriptions that the wall they had been tacked to was in the dining room of the legendary (among space buffs) Pe-Te's Cajun BBQ located just outside the gates of Ellington Field AFB and very close to NASA Houston mission control center.  The place was a favorite hangout for folks from both the base, and NASA.  The walls and ceiling  were filled with all kinds of cool stuff.  Pe-Te's closed down a while back and Pe-Te's son got rid of everything.  The guy I bought them from got them at a flea market or such.  If you look at the lower right corner of the Eileen Collins photo, you can see part of a red sticker that is clearly visible on her photo of the wall.  While not valuable, the history behind these photos make them special.  

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  3. 7 hours ago, General Apathy said:

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    Hi Mikie,  a few Jeeping friends in the UK had a day in paradise on Sunday sat above the white cliffs of Dover looking out across the English Channel towards France as tomorrow is the eightieth anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

     

    Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, September 14  2020.

     

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    Neat.  I'm used to just seeing pictures of the cliffs from offshore.  Thanks for the reminder that there is actually something behind and on top of them! 

    mikie 

  4. 10 hours ago, General Apathy said:

    A forum member tale . . . . . . . . . . 

     

    One day a man named Mikie decided to retire...

     

    He booked himself on a Caribbean cruise and proceeded

     

    to have the time of his life, that is, until the ship sank.

     

     

    He soon found himself on an island with no other people,

     

    no supplies, nothing, only bananas and coconuts.

     

    After about four months, he is lying on the beach 

     

    one day when the most gorgeous woman he has ever seen rows up to the shore.

     

    In disbelief, he asks, "Where did you come from? How did you get here?"


    She replies, "I rowed over from the other side of the island 

     

    where I landed when my fishing boat sank."

     

    "Amazing," he notes. "You were really lucky to have a row boat wash up with you."

    "Oh, this thing?" explains the woman.

     

    " I made the boat out of some raw material I found on the island. 

     

    The oars were whittled from gum tree branches.

     

    I wove the bottom from palm tree branches, 

     

    and the sides and stern came from an Eucalyptus tree."

    "But, where did you get the tools?"

    "Oh, that was no problem," replied the woman.

     

    " On the south side of the island, a very unusual stratum 

     

    of alluvial rock is exposed. I found that if I fired it to a 

     

    certain temperature in a volcanic vent I found just down island, 

     

    it melted into ductile iron and

     

    I used that to make tools and used the tools to make the hardware."

    The guy is stunned.

    "Let's row over to my place," she says "and I'll give you a tour." 

     

    So, after a short time of rowing, she soon docks the boat 

     

    at a small hand built wharf. As the man looks to shore, he nearly falls off the boat.

     

    Before him is a long stone walk leading to a cabin and tree house.

    While the woman ties up the rowboat with an expertly

     

    woven hemp rope, the man can only stare ahead, dumb struck. 

     

    As they walk into the house, she says casually, 

     

    "It's not much, but I call it home. Please sit down."

    "Would you like a drink?"
      
    "No! No thank you," the man blurts out, still dazed.

    "I can't take another drop of coconut juice."

    "Oh, it's not coconut juice," winks the woman.

     

    "I have a still. How would you like a Jack Daniels neat?"


    Trying to hide his continued amazement, the man accepts, 

     

    and they sit down on her couch to talk. After they exchange their 

     

    individual survival stories, the woman announces,

     

    "I'm going to slip into something more comfortable.

     

    Would you like to take a shower and shave? 

     

    There's a razor in the bathroom cabinet upstairs."

     

    No longer questioning anything, the man goes upstairs into the bathroom.

     

    There, in the cabinet is a razor made from a piece of tortoise bone. 

     

    Two shells honed to a hollow ground edge are fastened 

     

    on to its end inside a swivel mechanism.

    "This woman is amazing," he muses. "What's next?"
      
    When he returns, she greets him wearing nothing but a bandanna 

     

    around her blonde locks and some small flowers on tiny vines,

    each strategically positioned, she 

     

    smelled faintly of coconut oil.. 

     

    She then beckons for him to sit down next to her.

    "Tell me," she begins suggestively, slithering closer to him,

     

    "We've both been out here for many months. You must have been lonely.

     

    When was the last time you had a really good ride? She stares into his eyes.

    He can't believe what he's hearing. 

     

     

     

    "You mean..." he swallows excitedly 

     

     

    as tears begin to form in his eyes,
     

    “ You've built a Jeep ?" 

     

     

     

    Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, September 12  2020.

     

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    A jeep would make it a paradise!

  5. On 9/5/2020 at 2:32 AM, General Apathy said:

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    Hi Mikie, thanks for bringing the demise of this historic building to our attention, it's so sad to see so many historic places and towns in the US deserted, abandoned, and destroyed, I find it especially sad to see images of Detroit  . . . . . . . . . . . . 

     

    Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, September 05  2020.

     

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    This may interest you.  Sad but fascinating...

    https://www.blogarama.com/individual-sports-blogs/289385-tincanbandits-gunsmithing-blog/2046769-ghost-gun-factories

  6. On 9/5/2020 at 2:48 AM, General Apathy said:

    Militaria, rock-bands, Jeeps, uniforms, Then & Nows and now something different . . . . . .

     

    Two days ago we had brilliant sunshine and as I stood in the garden I was astounded at the number of butterflies, moths, and bees that were enjoying the flowers in my garden at one time there were around thirty butterflies all on the same group of flowers.

     

    here are a few, the strangest one is a humming bird moth, it never lands on the flowers it hovers close to the flower and projects a long probe into the flower to gather the pollen. Sometimes there can be five or six of these harvesting the pollen at the same time. 

     

    Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, September 05  2020.

     

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    I'm very happy to see you have a good supply of pollinators there.  We usually have a variety in my yard, but this year, almost no bees, moths, or butterflies.  As a result, my veggie garden and fruit trees haven't had much of a crop this year.  I went to the nursery and bought a number of bee friendly flowers to plant around, but that didn't help any.  I've never seen hummingbird moths, but love to watch hummingbirds. Last year while in my yard, once came over to check me out. It did it's cool hovering mode about a foot from my face.  Utterly amazing! Sadly, there haven't been very many of those around this year either.  

  7. On 9/7/2020 at 1:48 AM, General Apathy said:

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    House clearance finds Sunday 06 September 2020 . . . . . . . . .

     

    As I have mentioned before a lot of the generation that lived through the war, or descendants of those people are now clearing houses so pieces of equipment and uniform sometimes appear. About three years ago a friend bought an unopened US chest pack from the house shown in the previous image with the 82nd ABN. plaque. 

     

    Sunday I acquired the three unused medical pieces shown below from a local house clearance, there were several US field hospitals in the area in 1944, a 1944 Medical blanket, a 1942 patients flannel bed jacket, and a 1942 white cotton surgical jacket. 

     

    Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, September 07  2020.

     

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    More military issue stuff I never thought about existing.  The folks behind planning, acquiring and issuing, the countless items needed to fight a war besides the boom stuff need some well deserved recognition.   

  8. 22 minutes ago, Dogsbody said:

    Since all the recently featured sundials and plaques here, I've been paying more attention to the higher side of buildings in my hometown. So far all I can show for it is this..............no idea why it's there.....😀

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    Rene

    Maybe because the other end of the horse being there would be silly?  

  9. 30 minutes ago, Linedoggie said:

    Fasces was also integral to the NY 71st infantry regiment "American guard" from 1854-1992 when disbanded

    It's been around at least since Roman times. Next time you see the podium of the House of Representatives, you will notice 2 of them on the wall behind it.

  10. What does an old abandoned shopping mall burning down last week in Utica, NY have to do with militaria?  And why is Mikie interested in it?

     

    https://www.cnyhomepage.com/uncategorized/charlestown-is-gone/

     

    Before it was Charlestown Factory Outlet mall, it was the home factory of Savage Arms for the first half of the 20th Century.  I haven't been able to find a lot of info, but the factory produced weapons in both world wars.  I did find this little snippet...

    "Although Arthur Savage passed away in 1941, when war reared its ugly head his company was quick to answer the call. During World War II, Savage Arms produced some 1,400,000 Thompson submachine guns, more than one million No. 4 Lee Enfield rifles as well as .30 and .50 caliber Browning aircraft machine guns. They actually averaged 55,000 guns per month for the war effort."

    The 3 things about this news that make it personal is:

    1.  I was born and raised in Utica.

    2.  I visited the mall many times before I moved out here.  They made no effort to hide that it was once a factory.  In fact, it was part of the atmosphere of the place.  Being a history buff, I appreciated that they wanted to keep the history alive. 

    3.  My Grandad Dominic worked there during the war.  He passed on back in 1972 so I don't recall exactly what war work he did there, but he was a skilled machinist, woodworker and had his own electronics repair business, so I'm sure they were able to put him to good use.  

    Sad to hear the place is destroyed beyond repair.  

  11. Our deal is that she won't complain (too much)  about my collections of stuff, if I don't complain (too much) about her thousands of shoes and tons of clothes.  It's worked OK for 30 years so far.  

     

    That idea to expand your house sounds like a brilliant solution to the problem.

     

    Mikie   

     

     

  12. 5 hours ago, General Apathy said:

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    Hi Mikie, I'm seeing a pattern arise here Strobwaffles, Gouda cheese, restaurants, chicken sandwiches I think some of your posts may be food related, do you enjoy food as much or more than militaria . . . . . . . . . . . .  :P

     

    Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, September 03  2020.

     

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    Militaria is nice, but you can't eat it.  Or probably shouldn't, anyway.  

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