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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
  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 themselv
  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 l
  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
  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 specifical
  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 t
  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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