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Cleaning patches for "Export"?

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Hello guys !

Yes, forgive me, but...I collect cleaning patches too. I do have many of them, WWII and after, in those nice O.D. envelopes, 20 each, to put into the cartridge belt. Sometimes these flanellettes are white, sometimes stripes, or various plain colours, including (very often) pink... But what I would put to your attention on are those curious envelopes in the first pictures (sorry, they were downloaded somewhere in Internet, I have some of these ones in my collection but they are not worth the job of a picture, I think). As you can see they are standard WWII type, but at one time or another they were individually labeled each one with a typewritten label. A heavy job, indeed, for a packet with 20 flanellettes inside...What is intriguing me is the lot of information on the label, including the nice flaming bomb and the Inspector mark! Now I ask your help: does anyone know the meaning of that R.I.O.D. For Export? And what could be the issuing year(s)? I'm not so familiar with all those numbers, but maybe one of you guys can track among them more informations. Thanks a lot!! Next time I promise you some stuff better than 2 1/2" rags...

Fausto

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Rock Island Ordnance Depot? the best person to ask would be Bill Ricca at BillRicca.com shoot him an e-mail and pics, he is a guru when it comes to ancillaries and web gear and such.

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Hello! Thanks for your reply. I followed your hint and emailed Bill Ricca. And he says that, yes, these are Rock Island Ordnance Depot special packaging intended for carrying this stuff on cargo ships without taking humidity. Yet not well understood the need to label "each" 20 pieces envelope with such a complicate label. Couldn't they label just the crate? Oh, BTW I forgot to say that these envelopes carry inside a special reddish-brownish moisture lacquer, not found on similar period packaging. Thanks a lot!

Fausto

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