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I had forgotten about "that smell" until I got the Handie Talkie phone I just picked up from a local estate. I used to love it, but honestly I'm not a big fan anymore. Maybe if it was a nice fresh smell on my Jeep in the garage, that's one thing...but inside the house, no thanks.

 

As for mothballs, my skin breaks out and eyes swell...so no, I don't love it at all...

 

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Dave,

It sounds to me like it is time for you to turn in your militaria collectors' membership card. :crying:

Allan

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Dave,

It sounds to me like it is time for you to turn in your militaria collectors' membership card. :crying:

Allan

 

 

NO!!!!! Not that!! :o

 

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Dave,

It sounds to me like it is time for you to turn in your militaria collectors' membership card. :crying:

Allan

 

Nah...easy solution...I don't by canvas stuff and I get everything else drycleaned! :lol:

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Lot of it is M.R.T., army surplus smell. Shop smells of it untill a WWI footlocker gets opened then its mothballs and M.R.T. and some Hoppes bore cleaner and LCP after shooting. Wife wont stay in there very long, friends in the hobby love it, they tell their friends," you gotta go see it".LOL

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I'm sure "The Smell" is ADDING years to our lives!!! :)

I read somewhere that old canvas webgear was treated with some chemical that causes cancer, doesn't everything!

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The smell is one of the better parts of the hobby in my opinion. It helps also when identifing something thats real opposed to reproduction.

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ah yes-- that gi smell from long storage in damp places and stored in big crates. that famous smell of old history.

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This thread is all about the smell, but what about the feel. That greasy worn feeling of old field gear. That may be for a hole other thread...

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-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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That reminds me...who here is familiar with the smell of mothballs?

 

 

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Nothing better than walking into a antique or junk shop that looks like it has nothing and picking up that small. Then it's time to fallow your nose haha. When my wife still went junk hunting with me and she noticed me sniffing around and looking around frantically I always heard the same thing. ( Oh God he smells something green, we are going to be here a while)

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Ah yes, had a brand new Lieutenant and took him to the motor pool where the guys were doing inventory of all the platoon equipment. We stepped into the conex where we had cammo nets, tarps, fuel and water cans, some wooden crates, etc. You get the idea. "what's that smell?", he asks, "That's the Army" I told him, "and from now on you will always remember that".

 

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That "Smell" is the closest thing to time travel I know of (maybe good music too). I wish someone would make a candle with "The Smell". I'd love to light that thing up to counter some of the Foo Foo garbage scent candles women light up.

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