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Hey everyone! I recently bought a house, and with the abundance of bedrooms I was able to convert one of the rooms to an office and the other room into something I've always wanted to have... a museum! While I'm only able to put on display maybe 15-20% of my entire WW2 and 1940s collection, it's really pleasing to finally have my things on display! People who've come over have really liked checking out everything there (before at my old place I had everything hidden away in boxes and containers). Now that I've added some rope lights to the shelving on one side of the museum, I wanted to post some shots of how it looks so far! I have a lot of plans to add things throughout this year and add more lighting to the shelving. But it's off to a great start!


There's a bit of a distortion to some of the images due to shooting with a wide angle lens and stitching some of the shots into panoramas


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Pictured (Left to Right) - Modern/Retro Coca Cola Clock, Pinup Poster


Mannequin #1 - Early War (1942/43) B-17 Waist Gunner - AN6530 Googles, B-6 Flight helmet, HS-23/R-14 Headphones with rubber Ear Cups, A-8B Oxygen Mask (Museum quality Repro), NOS T-30-S Throat Mic, B-3 Jacket, A-4 Flight Suit (underneath), early B-3 Mae West Life Jacket, SW-141 comm set plugged into Throat Mic, CD-307 Headphone extender cord, rare early war First Aid packet attached to an AN-6513 parachute harness, Rayon Gloves under A-9 Gunner Gloves, A-3 Flight Pants with an H-1 Bailout Oxygen Tank in the pocket, and A-6A Boots with inserts (hidden). The matching early war AN-6513 Parachute pack sits at the feet along with an O-1 Ammunition Box and B-4 Clothing bag. Not seen is the ultra rare F-1 Blue Bunny Heated Flight Suit which I have hidden away in a closet heavily protected! This whole impression is my pride & joy and represents several years of research/collecting.


Mannequin #2 - Late War (1945) B-17 Waist Gunner ** Work in Progress ** - B-8 Goggles with orange tented lenses, A-11 Flight Helmet (with R-14 receivers), M-3 Flak Helmet, A-14 Oxygen Mask, B-15A Jacket, F-3A Heated Flight Jacket (underneath) with attached F-3A Heated Flight Gloves, B-4 Mae West Light Jacket, A-11A Flight Pants, F-3A Heated Flight Trousers (underneath) attached to Q-1 Heated Flight Foot Covers, and A-6A Boots.


The rest of the items I'll get to in the next photos...


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Top Row (L to R): Assorted Photography magazines from 1941-1944 including a rare US Camera magazine from 1945, Gun Camera Film Cartridge, Kodak 35mm Rangefinder (wartime production version with 1944 Date), Universal 8MM Projector, P-51 Gun Camera, (behind the gun camera) 8mm WW2 Training Film in Secured Case, 1939 Pre-Anniversary Graflex Speed Grapic 4x5 camera with original Flash Handle (Luke Sywalker's Lightsaber)/Sync Cord/and Press Bulb (all works!), another Flash Handle (Darth Vader's Lightsaber, hidden in back), 1940s GE Light Meter, and Press Flash Bulbs.


Second Row (L to R): A-14 Oxygen Mask in box, Rayon Flight Gloves, AAF Crewman Survival Guide Book, B-8 Goggles with Box and lenses, B-2 Flight Cap, AAF Face Mask (tan colored), A-4 Navigation Case Insert, H-3 Large Pad Headphones, C-1 Survival Vest, A-14 High Altitude Oxygen Mask Guide Booklet, another A-14 Oxygen Mask in box, and a summer A-9 Flight Helmet.


Third Row (L to R): Various Vargas Pinups from the 1940s, Q-1 Heated Flight Foot Covers (laying flat) with F-3A Heated Flight Suit Instruction Booklet, 1940s Spotter Identification Cards, May of 1945 Dated Red Cross Playing Card Desk, YANK Magazine from December 1944, another Yank Magazine from 1944 (B-17 Cover), two Navy/War Department Recognition Pictorial Manuals, and a (random I know!) AAF 3-Hole Puncher.


Bottom Row (L to R): B-4 Mae West Life Jacket, three Officer Garrison Caps laying on an AN-6505 Kit Bag, M-1 Flak Jacket top in the front left with a 1945 'The Wasps Nest' magazine, massive 48 Star Flag in back, Enlisted Crusher Cap, Army Air Corps Richmond Virginia Pillow Case in back, a A-4 Flight suit in front with assorted AAF patches and a brown A-11A Flight Pants Leg clip survival pouch. A 1930s Tripod for the Graflex camera sits to the right side.


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Mannequin #3 - Women's Enlisted WAC Uniform - Enlisted Jacket, Shirt, Tie, Skirt, Purse, Gloves, and Hobby Hat. Shoes are repro, but spot on.


Three prints from various air to air shoots I've shot are framed on the wall (CAF's B-29 'Fifi', Palm Springs Air Museum's P-63A Kingcobra and P-51D Mustang 'Bunny', and Planes of Fame's Flug Werks FW-190 A-8)


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Other side of the museum...


Very Top Shelf - Tiger/Panzer Tanks, Jeep, Halftrack, Bradly Tank, and Sherman Tanks (1/18 Scale)


Left Box Shelf - Ammo cans, Thompson Machine Gun, and other assorted GI items (leggings, Mess Kit)

Middle Box Shelf - Three replica 1930s Radios

Right Box Shelf - Willys Jeeps (1/18 Scale) with 1943 LIFE Magazine, M1 Helmet, and assorted GI gear.


Left Small Box Shelf - Mid-War Bomber Crew Head Display - B-6 Flight Helmet with HS-33 Headphones, Variable Density Goggles, and A-10 Oxygen Mask.

Right small Box Shelf - A-11 Flight Helmet (with R-14 receivers), AAF Sunglasses, and A-14 Oxygen Mask.


(Table top items described below)


Cupboard Shelves:

#1 - BBI Japanese Zero (1/18 Scale) and US Navy Dog Dish (will be replaced with a Japanese Cap) with WW2 Spotter Identification Card

#2 - BBI F4U Corsair (Marines Dream - 1/18 Scale) with USN Gunner Gloves, 48 Star Flag, 'All Aboard' WW2 Navy guide book, and NAF (USN) Shearling Flight Helmet with Chin Cup

#3 - 21st Century Toys ME-109G with WW2 Spotter Identification Cards

#4 - 21st Century Toys P-51D Mustang (Flying Undertaker - 1/18 Scale) with B-3 Pilot Gloves, 48 Star flag, and various AAF patches.


Coca Cola Cooler (early 1950s) on the left, L-5 Sentinel Propeller on the right.


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These next two shots represent the 'homefront' life of WW2.


(L to R) - Coca Cola sign with 1940s Coca Cola hand-held carrier filled with various 1941-45 dated Coke Bottles, some still filled sitting next to a 48 Star Flag atop a late 40s Silvertone Radio. A clear wartime overseas production 1945 clear Coca Cola bottle sits next to WW2 Coca Cola Spotter Playing Cards and a late 40s Vargas Pinup Playing Card Deck. WW2 dated camel and Lucky Strike cigarettes (unopened), two WW2 'Savings Bond' match books with buttons. V-Mail miniaturized letters with original envelopes and a 1944 Bell Telephone. A box of full size unused V-Mail letters sit behind a 1943 LIFE Magazine. A 1944 LOOK Magazine and 1945 'The American Home'. Ration and Savings Bond books line the wall behind the magazines.


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(L to R) - An original December 17, 1941 Los Angeles Examiner newspaper (Pearl Harbor Report) sits atop a August 7, 1945 Los Angeles Examiner newspaper (Atomic Bomb Report). A 1943 'how to Get Added Life from your Car' Booklet sits next to a February 1943 'Minicam Photography' magazine. A rare oversized WW2 Armed Forces Radio Service Program Record (dated 1943) with 'Gi Jive' leans behind a late 1930s Art Deco microphone and 1940s DC-3 Tin Toy. A full size 1939 Philco Radio (still works great!) Cathedral Radio rounds out the table with two more WW2 matchbooks and 'Keep Em Flying' button.


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A closer look at the early war B-17 Waist Gunner Impression.


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In the future I hope to add more things like placards with some of the displayed items. I'd like to add an info guide behind the two gunner mannequins with a step by step view of what all the items that an early war Gunner would have worn (you can see a quick version of this sitting on the floor between the gunner's legs). I'll add some more air to air prints and I hope to line the top with .50 Cal linked bullets like crown molding. I have about 200 1/18 scale aircraft from 21st Century Toys in the garage (I used to do photography for the company) which I might pull a few more out and put on display as well.


Once I acquire two more female mannequins, I hope to add the complete WAVES and USN Nurse uniforms I have and I'd like to add another male mannequin with a complete AAF Officer Class A Uniform. I have enough uniforms that I could have several complete Army/AAF Officer/Enlisted Class A/Ike Summer/Winter displays, Navy Blue/White Cracker Jack displays, Marine Formal Dress, etc... but there's not enough room to display it all plus mannequins are expensive!


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ABOVE - Cell Phone Shot of about 50% of the uniforms that didn't make it into the museum... this is just in my office with the rest in safe storage in the garage. There are Navy/Marine/Army/Army Air Force uniform jackets and shirts including WW1 uniform items.


I'm always buying Army Air Force items whenever I can on ebay/flea markets so I'm always adding more to the collection so I'll move things around when I get them.


Thanks for viewing!

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josegarcia8578

WOW. One of the best displays I've seen. Does your significant other help you out? Haha it's very nicely organized. Great job, I hope one day mine is as good as yours!

-Jose

Edit: Ohhh and very nice descriptions as well!

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aviationphotog

WOW. One of the best displays I've seen. Does your significant other help you out? Haha it's very nicely organized. Great job, I hope one day mine is as good as yours!

 

-Jose

 

Edit: Ohhh and very nice descriptions as well!

 

Thank you! This was all mostly what I had in mind when we first decided to turn the room into a museum. She picked the wall color and the color of the cabinets. Everything else I put together. After having my collection just in random cluttered places and in boxes, it was time to organize it!

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aviationphotog

Really like these crewmen. Can you post more close ups of them both?

 

Thank you! I'll see what I can do when I get home later tonight. Is there any particular items you'd like closer shots of?

 

Very nice displays! I really like how you've incorporated other 1940s aspects into the Militaria.

 

Thank you! I've always thought the home front of the 1940s is often overlooked (aside from the industrial aspect of the 40s) when it comes to that time frame. I've always felt the 1940s home and militaria go hand in hand when it comes to the collection, so I've always wanted to display both aspects. I really love the home items from the 40s, from magazines to Coca Cola.

 

Fantastic set up, you should be very proud!

Thank you! :-)

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Very nice display area.

 

My only concern would be for leaving paper items, such as the magazines, in an open are for the long term. They can fade, and paper can be subject to either humidity or the lack of it. You might consider acid free sleeves for some of these items.

 

But otherwise, very nicely done.

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aviationphotog

Very very very nice war room. And I also like the very detailed description of everything!

 

Thank you!

 

Really nice work!

 

Thanks!

 

Very nice display area.

 

My only concern would be for leaving paper items, such as the magazines, in an open are for the long term. They can fade, and paper can be subject to either humidity or the lack of it. You might consider acid free sleeves for some of these items.

 

But otherwise, very nicely done.

 

Thank you! I actually do put a cover on some of the items that are a bit more fragile and prone to be affected by weather. We keep the room at a nice temperature, so humidity is set at a mid range (thermostat controlled). I have a bunch of acid free sleeves for the newspapers and magazines in two large bins that are hidden under the Army blanket that's making up the bottom row of the shelf display in the second photo. In those bins are my collections of magazines including over 100 LIFE magazines from 1940-49. The magazines and newspapers on display are actually duplicates of ones I have in those bins that are currently in acid free sleeves.

 

 

Really nice collection and display

 

Thanks!

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Just a fantastic assortment of quality items and wonderful use of the built in shelving! Please keep the thread updated as the collection develops. :)

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aviationphotog

Now that is what I call a display in museum quality. Top notch

 

Regards

Martin

 

I concur with the others. Nicely done!

 

Great collection, and a great display. Very nice!

 

Fantastic display!

 

Thank you everyone!

 

Just a fantastic assortment of quality items and wonderful use of the built in shelving! Please keep the thread updated as the collection develops. :)

 

Thank you! and I will, as I add new lighting and get new mannequins, I'll update the thread with new photos.

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eaglerunner88

Beautiful, I don't think a museum/man cave is complete without at least one full size mannequin! Could you take a close up photo of the Coke caps on the bottles please?

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Beautiful, I don't think a museum/man cave is complete without at least one full size mannequin! Could you take a close up photo of the Coke caps on the bottles please?

 

Here you go!

 

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Really like these crewmen. Can you post more close ups of them both?

 

Here's some close ups of the early B-17 Waist Gunner...

 

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And here's some close ups of the two heads on the other side of the museum...

 

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