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I'm currently stationed in Iraq and my family recently picked this up for me at a flea market and sent me this picture. Can anyone tell from this photo what era this piece might be from? I've never found anything like this. I'm thinking about 1950's.

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I'm currently stationed in Iraq and my family recently picked this up for me at a flea market and sent me this picture. Can anyone tell from this photo what era this piece might be from? I've never found anything like this. I'm thinking about 1950's.

 

The tag inside should provide a clue.


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Looks to be between late 1960s to late 1980s but thats just my opinion

 

That's what I was thinking: these have had a long lifespan. I think the basic style started in WWII

 

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The current Marine Corps uniform regulations still show them worn with the Service Alpha and Bravo uniforms

 

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That one's likely a 70's-today version.

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After having a double bypass this past year, it's time to downsize and pass along much of my 'stuff'. I've had my fun, now it is someone elses turn.

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Well the buttons are more modern and the wool for the hat doesnt appear to be the wool from WW2 or Korea it appears to be that wool blend used heavily in the 1970s and 80s.

 

By saying the buttons are "more modern," do you mean as in made of plastic? If so, is the color of them black? If so, then it's definitely late 1960s on.

 

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It is most definitely post-WWII. The seam that runs up the center of the cap from the back is a dead giveaway - in WWII-era hats, the seam runs only halfway up the top of the cap, whereas on yours it runs all the way to the front. (Funny - in the book "USMC Uniforms & Equipment 1941-1945" he pictures a modern forest green visor cap, not the WWII version.)

 

The style began in WWII and they still wear that style of hat today. When Mainbocher redesigned the USMCWR uniforms in 1952, the bell visor caps were one of the few items that didn't change.

 

I believe the uniforms continued to be 100% wool up through the 1950s and maybe even the 60s... so I would say the hat is no older probably around 1970.

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Thanks for all the great information. I'm not too well versed in female militaria. I can tell you though that I know wwii WAC skirts pretty well though. A local Vintage colthing store had a HUGE box of them one time, all different types, and all mint condition with tags from a closed out factory. There must have been a hundred in that box. I picked up 10 or 15 and left, Come to find out another guy had gotten in to them and made a killing on Ebay releasing 5 or so a month at about $150 a piece. The guy charged me $5.00 a piece, so you do the math. As we grow older, we grow wiser though.

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