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I am curious as to whether this guidon is WWII or post WWII. The lettering/numbers are in same direction on both sides and I believe the guidons of WWII years were in reverse on the reverse side. Comments?

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Better pictures may help. It may just be me but they are a bit blurry. Close ups on the stitching help too...

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In my experience, there are many companies that make them online or near most major posts. Each of these companies may vary the material or the shade of blue in the guidon (some are outside of regs). This looks like a Post Vietnam to modern guidon. Judging by its condition I don't think it was on a staff long if at all.

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Okay, my judgment, based on the blurry pics.

 

Font looks wrong to me for anything military from that era. The threes aren't rounded, and the B doesn't have parts going to the left of the vertical line. It also is two sided, in the sense that I think there are two layers of blue fabric. Old two side flags are reversed on one side, because they are sewn through, like a sandwich, but only consist of ONE layer of colored fabric. Modern two sided flags are embroided on one side, and then have a rectangle of fabric sewn onto the "back side, with numbers on it. There is still only ONE layer of colored fabric.

 

Example of older style, with 3's and a B.

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Newer style, with two sided but still one layer of fabric:

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Just my two cents, not an expert. Who knows what a hands on inspection would reveal.

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IIRC from another guidon post I read, the battalion numbers didn't start appearing on these flags until the 1950's. I don't believe this is a WWII guidon but I am definitely not the expert.

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Not a WW2 printed guidon but one of significance. This is the original guidon ordered for the 1st Aero Squadron in 1912. It is heavy orange silk with white silk hand embroidered eagle, signal flags and number 1. Later aero squadron guidons 1914 on were orange cotton with applied white cotton eagle, signal flags and squadron number. Measures 25" X 42".

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This guidon is from the early 1950's. Obviously, the patches are later. Danny

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Not a WW2 printed guidon but one of significance. This is the original guidon ordered for the 1st Aero Squadron in 1912. It is heavy orange silk with white silk hand embroidered eagle, signal flags and number 1. Later aero squadron guidons 1914 on were orange cotton with applied white cotton eagle, signal flags and squadron number. Measures 25" X 42".

 

 

Now thats a Guidon.

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