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Hello everyone,


Thought I would start this thread to look for some ideas on displaying my collection. I have limited place to display, but I do have a few a little room. Right now I have quite a few items in storage right now, and I'll post a sister thread to this in the preservation section titled "How do you preserve your collection", I'll post a link to it as well in case you want to see the corresponding area. 

 

But basically what I'm looking to get are some ideas for displaying various items. Medals, field gear, uniforms, paper items, etc would love to hear some Ideas on how you store things. I was able to put a nice thin shelf to display most of my helmets on, and repurposed this stand to allow for a helmet to be stored on top of another helmet to maximise space. But, I have about two foot locker tops worth of area to display some more stuff on, and am looking for ideas to maximize space while keeping items protected. I just have some random field gear items and such laying on top of them along with some paper items. I also have a few folded uniforms that have corresponding pictures of the vets laying on top in sheet protectors if they are original, or just in the open if they are printed scans. I have bookcases with some extra space I also have some smaller items laying on.

 

It all looks a little messy though, and thus if anyone has some good amazon purchases or other things they used to organize their displays I would love to see them. Really anything will go. I've got capabilities to build some stuff too and got an ample supply of 2x4's, screws, and some stray sheets of plywood I can use. I can always make a home depot run too if necessary. 

 

So, feed me some ideas!

Looking forward to seeing some responses!
Hunt


I am an amateur collector of US military items of the 20th century.

 

Looking for items related to:

-The Aleutian Island Campaign of WW2, Alaskan Theater, Alaska Defense Command, and more specifically the Battle of Attu

-Items related to the 50th Combat Engineer Regiment/Battalion

-Items related to Wheelus Air Force Base Libya, particularly from 1957-1960

-WW2 items belonging to service members from Northern Virginia

-WW2 Uniforms (all branches and services)

-Cheap/Throwaway WW2 named uniforms

-Smaller WW2 Groupings

-7th Infantry Division Items

-WW2 Photos and Letters (all branches, theaters, services, etc)

 

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Howdy Hunt, 

 

For some of my paper items I tack (without actually puncturing) them in a shadow box, especially if I have a particularly nice grouping. I think that framing paper items is also a good idea if it doesn’t damage the item and if you have the wall space. I’ll attach an example of what I did with the shadow box. 

 

Hope this helps!

 

MinorInHistory

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Thanks for the response! love the display! I've been looking to get some frames for some posters/magazine articles I have. I have a few shadow boxes too. They can be expensive though, and I find it difficult to keep things in place. What type of tacks do you use? Does the backing on your shadow boxes have enough depth to have tacks go into them and hold steady?

Hunt


I am an amateur collector of US military items of the 20th century.

 

Looking for items related to:

-The Aleutian Island Campaign of WW2, Alaskan Theater, Alaska Defense Command, and more specifically the Battle of Attu

-Items related to the 50th Combat Engineer Regiment/Battalion

-Items related to Wheelus Air Force Base Libya, particularly from 1957-1960

-WW2 items belonging to service members from Northern Virginia

-WW2 Uniforms (all branches and services)

-Cheap/Throwaway WW2 named uniforms

-Smaller WW2 Groupings

-7th Infantry Division Items

-WW2 Photos and Letters (all branches, theaters, services, etc)

 

^^ PM ME!!

 

Instagram: @surplus_central https://instagram.com/surplus_central/

eBay: http://www.ebay.com/usr/giovachm

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IKEA do a fantastic sealed display box called a 

 

Sammanhang

 

they can be wall mounted and display helmets beautifully, not to mention keep them dust free. 
 

a rather inexpensive way to display 

 

 


"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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Hope that helps a little 

 

good luck with your setup 

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"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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Ikea has some good products that you can use at a great price. They have a picture ledge floating shelf that is great for displaying riker mounts. They also have the Billy bookcases which come with or without the glass doors. And of course their popular Detolf glass display case. Unfortunately they aren't located everywhere, so if you need to order online and have it shipped I think they charge $99 or something like that to ship it.

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Thanks for that info. Seems like I may need to check out IKEA.

Would love to hear some more ideas!

Hunt


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I am an amateur collector of US military items of the 20th century.

 

Looking for items related to:

-The Aleutian Island Campaign of WW2, Alaskan Theater, Alaska Defense Command, and more specifically the Battle of Attu

-Items related to the 50th Combat Engineer Regiment/Battalion

-Items related to Wheelus Air Force Base Libya, particularly from 1957-1960

-WW2 items belonging to service members from Northern Virginia

-WW2 Uniforms (all branches and services)

-Cheap/Throwaway WW2 named uniforms

-Smaller WW2 Groupings

-7th Infantry Division Items

-WW2 Photos and Letters (all branches, theaters, services, etc)

 

^^ PM ME!!

 

Instagram: @surplus_central https://instagram.com/surplus_central/

eBay: http://www.ebay.com/usr/giovachm

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I mainly collect uniforms but find lots of smalls in my day to day collecting. To compensate for this, I have developed a sort of “natural” display which focuses around mannequins with uniforms that are surrounded by natural or related smalls that look as if someone has thrown them on a desk and forgotten about it. This is an easy way to display smalls that night not otherwise warrant being displayed independently but helps make a more thematic and fuller display. If you can find newspapers, pictures, magazines, or other pieces with great graphics that go along with a theme, it’ll only enhance the display to hang those behind it.

I also make display cards for every uniform which shows some of the basic research and photos I have of the veteran whose uniform is being displayed. I find those to be really fun to have.

A Battle of the Bulge themed “natural” display
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Here’s an Air Corps one
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Other iterations
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This one had ETO on the left and PTO on the right
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Sometimes you can use entire groupings for a “natural” display
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And here’s some of those cards, you can get a cheap laminator of Amazon and they’ll look great with hanging uniforms as well

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An example of a larger card, I print these out in 4x6 and buy these cheap plain plastic frames from Walmart. They blend in well and leave the focus on the information.
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GEN. David R. Atchinson- MO State Guard ACW

PVT. John H. Drury- Co. A, 27th Ky IR ACW Died of Typhoid

PVT. Henry E. Thomas- Co. I, 17th Ky IR ACW

PVT. Joseph E. Drury- Co. E, 356th IR, 89th ID WWI WIA

SGT. Edward P. Drury- 51st QM Training Co. WWII

PFC. Delmer C. Koonter- Co. I, 142nd IR, 36th ID WWII WIA

SC3c Michael C. Drury- LCS (L) (3) 70 WWII

SGT. Steven D. Koonter- 5th Cav, 1st Cav Div Vietnam

SGT. John M. Drury- 227th AVN Bn. 1st Cav Div Vietnam

 

Contact me with IDd WWII 36th Division, SSI Navy, Aviation, or Kentucky veteran uniforms.

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Shadow boxes are definitely a good idea if you have limited space. Keep in mind that light/UV protection is important for photos and paper items.

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Here’s a little display I created a few years ago.79c8557b6ca113704bc8e1cfa9aebd38.jpg


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