Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Hitting up a local vintage clothing shop I just happened upon this beautiful WWII Yeoman 2nd Class WAVES uniform jacket. As I didn't have one in my collection it was great to finally pick one up. First off I was impressed that it still had all its collar patches, Navy Rate and the Honorable Discharge patch in Navy Blue was still over the right pocket. I added the wide ribbons rack from my spares with what I believe she might have had when she left the service. Better yet was it still had the name tag of the Woman Sailor stitched in the jacket. It appears she enlisted in 1943 at the age of 23 and passed away in 2006 and had no next kin. How it ended up here In LA I do not know but I am glad it is part of my collection as it will be well taken care of. I plan to send for her military records soon and I hope to update you with her career. Our Women vets shall not be forgotten.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
I believe the best feature of collecting WWII Navy Jumpers is learning about so many historic ships that I would have not otherwise known about. So many great jumpers come across on ebay and I wish I could purchase them all but that isn't possible. Here's a great example of such a Jumper named to a Pharmacist Mate 3rd class who was on the USS Broadwater a Haskell class Attack Transport. A classic jumper with pedigree!
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Who is Mr. Frazer and why do WWII Marine Corp collectors obsess about his foot solution Bottle for athletes foot? The Frazer's Bottle is the most difficult component to locate to complete the WWII M2 Jungle First Aid Pouch, they are rarely found loose and complete M2 with the bottle can easily fetch over $125.00. The Chase Chemical is quite appropriate as it appears collectors are always trying to chase down one of these bottles. I have had been assembling an M2 pouch for years now and I was finally able to locate a used bottle for my Iwo Jima display. Buyers beware as there are repo/fakes out there that people are passing off as originals using old medicine bottle. How do you tell the difference? It should have a small hole in the opening that makes it difficult to refill.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Another plus in collecting 1st Marine Division is the wonderful Australian custom made Vandegrift Jackets made for Marines while they were based in Australia in the early 1940's. This is a nice example of these types of these style of jackets and makes collecting 1st Marine Jackets a bit of a challenge as there are so many types of variations.