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  1. Actually, I've wanted this closed for quite some time, and the admin just ignores my request to do so. Most of what is discussed on here collecting-wise doesn't interest me one bit. Personally, I consider anything later than WW1 "surplus". Have approached them about opening a group dedicated to WW1 and before, but no dice. So, I would like to close this account, have all my posts deleted, because in fact, there is very little here for me. Not over-reacting, just the way I feel. So, admin, please, please, close my @#%#^^%^$ account here! John
  2. Funny, I've known tons of WW2 vets and I can't think of a one who "cherished" anything from the war. They all used to tell me "We did what we had to do, came home and got the hell out" That's how I ended up with 10+ lawn and garden bags of WW2 uniforms. Word got around that "Doc's kid (nickname for my dad) is collecting WW2 uniforms. Next thing I know, stuff starts showing up. Guess to the guys that I and my dad knew, this stuff wasn't that "cherished" Funny, what I cherish are the memories of my father and his friends, those guys could build and fix just about anything. As for militaria as a whole, well it should be used to remember, however, in my opinion anyone that pays 2k + for a helmet (or anything else for that matter) either has more money than sense, or their life priorities are just messed up. To be honest, I've tried to get the admins to delete my account, with no success. Frankly, I'm sick of the whole collecting racket. What happens to my stuff will be up to my kids, but as for me, I'm done with this forum. John
  3. Forum member or anyone else for that matter. If you are going to sell it, stand by it, or state up front what's wrong with it. In my addled old brain, it's called being honest! And, there isn't a helmet in the world worth that! LOL Then again, I'm not so sure any of this is worth that! John
  4. I'm glad I got most of my collection directly from the vets themselves. Then again, I've never really collected WW2, only WW1 and before. Since my father and his friends were all WW2 vets, I guess that I'm in the mindset that WW2 items are still "surplus"! LOL When I started collecting in the 1950's, "real" collectors collected no later than the Civil War. If I had a nickel for every "what do you want with that surplus junk" from an advanced collector, I'd have a lot of nickels! I will say this about WW1 painted helmets though, and this is something I heard directly from the vets themselves. Most WW1 painted steel was done while awaiting transport home, or on occupation duty. Another interesting thing that I was told concerned dual patched WW1 tunics. Several doughboys told me that it "was up to the SGT, Lt., etc" whether or not you could wear two patches on your left sleeve. If that is so, it explains the wide swing in dual patched tunics worn during the occupation. I have around 40 painted WW1 helmets (most are part of groups) and in reality, while I consider them a part of the group, I also consider them painted after hostilities were over. Also, having looked at tons of WW2 GI photos, I don't ever remember seeing any painted helmets. I'm sure they were out there, just not in the numbers that exist today. At the shows in the 50's and 60's I never remember seeing a painted helmet from either WW1 or 2, maybe I wasn't looking for them, but for the life of me, I don't remember seeing them. John
  5. I've said this more than once, and will say it again...... In many ways, we do this sort of thing to ourselves. We are all guilty of the "I can't live without this" syndrome from time to time. The folks like Easy Green and the guy that used to paint the WW1 helmets are filling a demand that we, ultimately create. Now, if we collectively would refuse to pay more than $200 for ANYTHING in the militaria collecting field, the profit margin would be taken out of it for these folks. So, until we collectors learn to control our impulses (and pocketbooks) to some extent, the fakers, shammers and the like will always produce and always be there. Like PT Barnum said (or maybe didn't say) "There's a sucker born every minute." Looking at it when I take my collector rose colored glasses off, how much of the militaria that we all own was either put together after (name your war), or done, say in the 1950's? Just food for thought. John
  6. Dan, The French document says that he is being made a General in the military police force of Hati. He is also named as the Chief of the force. Given in the name of the president of Haiti. The second scan says given in the name of the President and it's signed by the Secretary of the Interior in the name of the president. Hope this helps. John
  7. Looking for the Dewey and Sampson medals to ENS or LTJG Charles Newton Borden 1867-1937 Thanks, John
  8. If we want collecting in general to survive, we need to get the kids involved. I was lucky enough to grow up surrounded by WW2 GI's (dad, dad's friends, etc) that talked among themselves, and didn't mind the "kid" sitting there listening. Well, this sort of got me started, but what really started me was my grandfather, who was a surgeon during WW1, when he gave me his uniform, medals, etc. He was active in the American Legion, and as a result, I got to tag along. I was given a lot of stuff, well, this just fueled my interest even further. Here is an example of how we can interest the next generation. I recently had 3 tables at the show in Raleigh NC. I did ok at the show, but all in all, it was beyond slow. A young boy and his dad were walking by and stopped to look through a pile of WW2 uniforms that I had on the table. The kid picked up a Navy jumper that was about his size (the kid was about 10 or so), and started asking me questions about it. Well, I took the time to answer them, and ended up giving him the jumper. Well, you would of thought I had given him the world! LOL The father took one of my cards, and called me later to thank me. Well, the kid is now saving his allowance to collect militaria, and somewhere down the road, he may be a customer, most likely not of mine, but a customer of someone. I just felt good about starting a kid out. What I've noticed at shows is that dealers are gone from their tables more than they are there, some act like it is a big effort to answer questions, etc. Personally, I think the internet will be the death of all but a few large shows to a great degree. Still, I usually will only buy over the net stuff that I'm really familiar with, or from folks who I know to be upright and honest. Is collecting dead? I don't think so, but for a lot of it, it has become a hobby for folks with disposible income. Frankly, unless I stumble onto one, a CW uniform is frankly out of my price range. End of ramble, John
  9. Alan/Ron, I don't know whether it was this area or the fact that I never looked (grandpop was really active in the 40/8 and the Legion, good for me! ) but, even groups that I got directly from the vet didn't have painted lids with them. I agree that they were done in France (period photos support this), in the embarkation points waiting to go home, on the ship going home, or as a piece of trench art at home. Never thought to ask any of the AEF vets that I knew if they painted helmets. There were several divisions that did paint helmets (the 26th, 28th, and 35th come to mind specifically) but, if you look at them, the 28th and 35th are actually a pretty simple design. Then again, the 91st had a pretty standard pine tree design with the white 91 on it that at least on my examples appear to be done with a stencil of some type. So, I guess the answer is "Who knows for sure?" The whole question is kind of a chicken and egg sort of thing. Chris who grew up in Fla doesn't remember seeing them, and I who grew up in Delaware don't remember seeing them. Then again, I used to hear "Hey kid, what do you want that surplus junk for?" LOL John As for helmet collectors that claim they know what they are doing, in the world, as long as there are people who buy things to collect, there will be people to produce quality fakes to seperate folks from money be it fine art, or "surplus junk" John
  10. I know the guy in question, and he has a lot of good stuff in his collection, but also a lot of bad. Not being a wing guy, I'll go with the flow here on that one. He isn't the type of guy that would purposely defraud you, but he is "an odd duck" who once, he makes up his mind about something, it's good in his mind no matter what anyone else says. Just based on my gut and 50 + years of collecting, plus the opinions stated here, I'd leave this one alone. Also, as stated above, there looks like there could be some shill bidding going on. John
  11. This is the point that cwnorma and I have been trying to make about WW1 painted helmets. He's been collecting since 1976, and I've been at it since 1958. For years, neither one of us saw painted WW1 helmets. Within the last 15-20 years, there now seems to be a ton of them. I have about 30, all acquired from the vet, or the family of the vet. This is in 52 years of collecting, which comes out to .58 painted helmets a year for me. I'd be willing to bet my eye teeth that almost all of mine were painted during the occupation or on the way home. As a former combat infantryman, I had better things to do with my free time than paint a helmet, especially in Vietnam. With the advent of the internet, painted helmets from both wars seem to be a lot more common now. I just wish I could explain why I'd go years without seeing one from WW1 (or 2 for that matter) and now they are all over the place. Anyone else who has collected for a long time care to weigh in on this? I'm not saying they are all bad, I'm just wondering how they stayed hidden for years, then BOOM there they are. John
  12. You don't want this old rag, I'll take it home with me when we come down! LOL Hopefully, we can get down in the fall and help you set up. John
  13. I just added him to the list. As Nixon used to say "You made the list!" LOL Jeff, that had to be worth the negative feedback and "alternative adult encounter" is a great description! LOL John
  14. My eyes are solidly middle aged, but those boards on the Navy one look curved! And the wing looks like a Joe W. product. I don't even want to think about the Army one, eccchhhhh!!!!!! John
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