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The camera distorted the color a great deal. The shirt has retained the vast majority of its color and the stamps are still pretty crisp. Even the size stamp is still readable.

 

I guess I just need to pick up the trousers now. A couple shirts have been popping up but no trousers for the past couple months.

 

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Are the P53 shirts rare and hard to come across? I've only been focused on P41s and P44s and I don't think I have ever seen any P53 fatigues before.

I dont know what others have experienced but personally Im 7 years Ive been collecting, Ive only ever seen 3 pop up for sale. These werent in the corps for a very long time. If I remember correctly they were phased out rather quickly with the og-107 uniforms. There was a great thread on here about the evolution of the marine corps hbt uniforms up to Vietnam but I cant seem to find it.

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Are the P53 shirts rare and hard to come across? I've only been focused on P41s and P44s and I don't think I have ever seen any P53 fatigues before.

 

I have been combing ebay for several months and the P53 shirts aren't exactly common, but there was generally at least one or two for sale at any given time (you might have to jockey around with your search terms). However, I've only seen the trousers legitimately on sale once. There are a few listings from vintage clothing sale accounts that seem to deliberately misidentify these as WW2 era P41 trousers and overprice them accordingly. Same situation with the later cotton sateen P56 trousers, the shirts are available, but the trousers rarely seem to come up comparably.

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Great find in great condition as well! Good luck on sourcing the trousers for these (:

 

Thank you! Yep these were in and out pretty fast. I think the next variation was the cotton sateen version in 1956. I got this one to start up a USMC 1958 Lebanon display. There are a surprising amount of P41 uniforms still visible though in period photos compared to these P53 uniforms.

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