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I forgot to mention that if you have any items or uniforms with local history behind them, kids always seem to pay more attention to that stuff when you talk about it. I always try to have something local as part of my presentations if I can. MHJ

Thank you for sharing the way you enlighten those who need to understand this history, the most! Awesome how you have a heart for this. This is something I hope to do, too.


I do not profess to be a militaria expert, but I conduct as much research as I am capable of and then write about my findings.
Check out my blogs, The Veteran's Collection (general militaria) and Chevrons and Diamonds (military baseball)

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Good day all,

 

Great topic, and for me, quite timely.

 

I am in the final throes of completing my addition to the display space currently in my home (I always wanted to be the curator of my own museum). At the same time my collection has come to primarily focus on 1900-1918, so I sold off my Second World War collection to fund the early one. These two events allowed me to really expand the quality and quantity of my Pre War/Great War displays.

 

Fortunately, the particular way I collect, leaves me very little excess items. I am driven by the recreations I am looking to produce. I therefore only purchase those items I need to complete those portrayals.

 

The only problem of course, is that I will eventually run out of room. Actually, I am almost there now before the room is even complete.

So, now that my purchases are fewer and far between, I spend most my time caring for the group and changing the displays when I come across items that are in better condition or are more accurate than what I currently have. I will typically sell off those items I no longer need to again add to the funding (I receive no donations for the museum...LoL).

 

I will post a few pix.

 

Here are two view of the more complete portion of the display room....(forgive the two incomplete figures)...

 

 

 

 

I know this is old but... where did you buy those mannequins? I'm almost done completing my display soon and am looking to get one.

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I know this is old but... where did you buy those mannequins? I'm almost done completing my display soon and am looking to get one.

 

Frogskin7,

 

I used to get these torsos from ebay, however, that seller is no longer there. I believe he is now selling on Amazon.

Don't look for torsos with those heads though, those I put on myself. The heads are available on ebay, but be aware that there are a few sizes available.

Typically the cheaper ($) heads are the small ones...

 

Hope you have a chance to get a few...

 

TR


In Memoriam

My Father, Henry W. Milton, USAAF, Burma, 1943-1945, Lost May 2, 2017
My Grandfather, Nathan Hale, US Navy, USS Rhode Island, 1915-1918, Lost 1968
My 3X Great Grandfather, Sgt. Frederick Hale, 55th New York,
wounded and captured at Malvern Hill, Virginia, July 1, 1862, died as Prisoner of War, Richmond, July 24, 1862

 

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Nothing nearly as nice as some on here, but it is good to get some of my stuff out of moth balls after many years of being boxed up and stored away. Finally have my little corner of the basement after a 10 year storage so I enjoy seeing some of my items. Still a work in progress, and posted these on another thread I started here but thought I would throw in my meager collection room for the heck of it!

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Always looking for 325th G.I.R. and WWII USMC items!
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Brian these are great man! Thanks for showing it off....I love seeing peoples rooms!


Actively collecting:

13th USAAF uniforms and groups/medal groups!

307th BG, 5th BG, 11th BG, 42nd BG

Also looking for:

WWII Far East Air Force uniforms/groups!

Any Pacific Army Air Force Groups to 5th, 7th, 10th, 14th, 20th AAF

Collecting CBI and ATC Pacific Army Air Force groups

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USMF's custom photo resize tool:http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/229816-custom-resize-tool-exclusively-for-the-usmf/




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Some really great displays on here. I came to the realization that I can't have everything so I have focused mainly on 20th Century US Military and US Military rifles and primarily on US Military grenade launchers. After years of collecting I became very unsatisfied with all of my stuff just sitting in my basement. So I have been setting up displays for a number of years at Gun Collector shows and will be setting up this display again in a few months at the NRA Collector's Show in SD.

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You must prepare your mind for where your body might have to go.

 

 

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A few more pictures, plus some newly acquired items that will be added.

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You must prepare your mind for where your body might have to go.

 

 

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Ugh...the F word!!

Always...the worst fear...

TR

 

 

Oh boy. I was on Instagram a few weeks ago and I stumbled across a post about a collector whose collecting buddy house burnt down. He went to his buddies house to help clean up his collecting room. It was heart breaking to see the uniforms and gear lying in the rubble. But you can get Insurance on the items you own. I think it is called historical artifacts insurance. The insurance company sends someone down to view what is going to be insured and you tell them the value of the items.

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Im not one of those see all collect all type of person but I do collect on a spectrum. I dont necessarily collect only US items but a large portion of my total collection is US. I collect a little bit of German, and Soviet but that really it. I dont collect commonwealth items because they havent really appealed to my preferences but Ill probably get into that type of items in the future. I do know that not all the pictures have only American items in it. I hope that wont get me into to much trouble. (Also. Dont mind Steven the storm trooper in the back. He just stands there and watches over my stuff so no one takes it lol)

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As usual with us, not as much Marine Corps stuff is here, so it's more laid out, with enough floor space to take shots of new additions, details, etc..

A good deal easier to move around here.

Pm sent on the bear !

 

How much


"Rise and rise again until lambs become lions."

 

Always looking for ww2 USMC items, helmets and any camo'd items

 

 

"thinking outside of the box"

 

New website

 

https://combatusedmilitaria.com

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I've only been collecting for about 4 years now so my collection is not as unwieldy as some. When my wife and I purchased our house back in 2012 she was kind enough to allow me to turn one of the spare bedrooms into an office/war room. It's now become her favorite room in the house as she considers it "cozy." I'll take it!

 

The closed originally had sliding doors which I removed and framed out for bi-fold doors (which I won't install until we go to sell) and added a closet kit with over/under racks to hang jackets. I also have an antique bookcase I use to display my Third Reich items and some US small items. Next to it is an antique dining room table that we no longer use that I use for torso forms. In total I have about 9 torso forms throughout the room that I can rotate. The table allows me to put groupings on it to keep the items together.

 

I too also enjoy spending time reorganizing and rotating the displays. My wife and I also enjoy spending time in the room with drink.

Woow, that is a very nice and cosy room! Very tastefully decorated! I would love to sit there and enjoy the collection!

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I have plenty of room in my garage so decided to make my own men cave. This was an overal view once it was done and i hadnt put anything in yet... i mainly collect Belgian uniforms so that is why i put up a Belgian Flag and period pictures of our King and Queen at that time... hope you like it!

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That is really cool.


Looking for the following:

452nd and 447th Bomb Group items

Anything 12th Armored- especially uniforms

155th Assault Helicopter Company, Camp Coryell, or Ban Me Thuot Vietnam items[/center]


WWII US Navy Uniforms from the Battle Off Samar: USS Johnston DD-557, USS Hoel DD-553, USS Samuel B. Roberts DE-413, USS Heermann DD-532, USS Dennis DE-405, USS John C. Butler DE-339, USS Raymond DE-341, USS Fanshaw Bay St. Lo, White Plains, Kalinin Bay, Kitkun Bay and Gambier Bay...


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My main areas of interest have been US military flags and autographed photos of the US 5 Star Generals/Admirals and notable WW2 military figures.

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