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Silk Street “Antiques” (4/30/08)
Ground level at Silk Street.If you are in Beijing and enjoy hunting for a bargain while swarms of venders tug at your clothing and gesture in front of your face to control your attention, Silk Street Market is just the place for you! More >>


Shopping in Pingyau (4/30/08)
A view of the wall and the smog that engulfs all of Shanxi caused by coal production.While staying in Shanxi Province in China, I was able to visit Pingyao Ancient City. Pingyau was built in 1370 AD during the Ming Dynasty and declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 1997. It is the largest built and most preserved ancient city in Shanxi Province. More >>


A Clandestine Army: A Book Review (4/30/08)
Book CoverI was excited to obtain a copy of SOG: Team History and Insignia of a Clandestine Army, the much-anticipated book written by SOG authority Jason Hardy (www.thedogtag.com) with help from author/dealer Mike Tucker (www.authenticmilitaria.com). Jason is well known in the militaria collecting community as a specialty dealer focused on SOG and Special Forces memorabilia from the Vietnam War. More >>


A Flick of Cold Steel… (4/30/08)
My 11 inch Italian stiletto with sliding bolster and real horn grips.My earliest recollection of wanting to own a switchblade came after seeing the film The Outsiders, where the character Johnny Cade (played by Ralph Macchio) uses a lever-lock switchblade to defend himself during a fight scene with rival “Socs” (short for socialites). The camera cuts to Johnny Cade on ground, then zooms to his hand as he discretely draws his blade from his jean pocket. More >>


Mantiques: A Promising Store Name! (4/30/08)
These carnival targets are plain jane, but a bargain for any carnival collector.On my return trip from the Fort Leavenworth Militaria Collectibles Show last Saturday, I stopped in Weston, MO to visit a few antique shops. Weston is a town known for antique hunting, but it also offers a nice historic home tour every year in December. More >>


Striking Gold at the Hastings Military Collectibles Show (4/30/08)
A wonder display of Vietnam era As I loaded my car early Friday morning, I was relieved to see that it had only snowed an inch or so the night before. While I was in college, there were four consecutive years the Hastings Nebraska Militaria Show was canceled due to blizzard conditions. Show co-promoter Mike Bockman was beginning to think the Lord was trying to send him a message. More >>


Ft Leavenworth Militaria Show Review (4/30/08)
Reenactors chat in front of a WWII German field tunic and a deactivated German MG34 machine gun.I just got back from the 14th annual Fort Leavenworth Militaria Collectibles show located at the Frontier Conference Center. I have attended this event 5 or 6 times and enjoy making the drive. This show (like most) is an opportunity to meet up with collecting friends I only see once or twice a year and to network with dealers. More >>


Book Review: M-1 Helmet of the WW2 US GI (1/8/08)
I’ve been visiting Peter Oosterman’s site (www.m-1helmet.com) for a while because, in my opinion, it is the nicest looking militaria-related site on the web. When I heard he was publishing a book on M1 helmets, I was eager to purchase a copy. My expectations were high because the book cost $119.90 (including international postage), but it ended up being money well spent. More >>


The Movie That Changed Militaria (12/23/07)
Original D-Day Ranger Assault Vest as used by Tom Hanks in Saving Private Ryan“Pre – SPR” is a term commonly read on web boards, or heard from the mouths of militaria collectors at shows. It signifies a romanticized time period prior to the 1998 release of the movie Saving Private Ryan (or SPR). This Spielberg masterpiece revived so much interest in WWII and military history that overnight, countless new collectors were born. More >>


Drugs, Baseball, and Collecting (12/23/07)
With recent news of the Mitchell Report accusing 86 baseball players of using steroids and other performance enhancing drugs, people have been talking about the players and the sport, but what is going to happen to the value of cards and memorabilia? More >>


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