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I've been collecting militaria since the early '70's when I was in grade school. I grew up and still live in a small town that had a few small factories that produced items for the war effort during WW II. One company, The Jay Garment Company, made HBT shirts and coveralls (possibly trousers, but I haven't been able to prove that). Since I found out about those products in the later 70's, I've always been on the look out for them. Today, I was able to purchase a near mint HBT coveralls made in my home town of Portland, IN. I'm sure a lot of you folks get great enjoyment in finding something you've been searching for and I wanted to share my enjoyment with you. Thanks for looking! Now, to find a shirt!

Anybody else look for your own locally made militaria?





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Congratulations! A very nice find!


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very nice and great condition as well.

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Really cool! I know my home city produced torpedoes for submarines, so while it would be cool, don't think I could find one of those!

Maybe in a case next to a framed photo of the factory would be cool though?


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That is a great mint piece.  It even better because it's made in your home town.  I found a 1943 Disston Tool machete at a flea market in Philadelphia.  The flea market was 6 blocks away from where the Disston factory was located during WWII.

Home town finds are pretty special, Congratulations on finding them.



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Thanks for the additional comments folks. We have a couple of other items from the Jay Garment Co., a couple wartime company newsletters, one mentions a former female employee who was serving in the Marines. And at a local auction, I found a single 13 star metal button in a button jar, the button was never used and the wife of the household had worked at the company during WW II. I read once that it was a conscious decision by the War Department to allow makers to put their company name on items to show military users who made the things they were issued. I do find it interesting where the militaria I purchase was actually produced. But, sometimes what you find as an maker location, is just where the company headquarters is located, not the physical location of the plant.

Great input, Thanks!


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I found a WWII bandage made in my hometown of Greenville, SC.  Never knew they made them there.  Now, whenever I see a bandage for sale, I check to see where it was made.  I have found 5 or 6 so far and if the price is right, I buy them.

Mike B. in 'Bama

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