The Inaugural Clothing Buttons of George Washington
In the first inauguration of a freely chosen president of the United States in 1789, President-elect George Washington appeared in New York "…dressed in deep brown, with metal buttons, with an eagle on them…", according to William Maclay, a Pennsylvania Senator. As would happen in decades to come, merchants saw a chance to sell souvenirs of the occasion and they would be clothi
Not all Visor Caps are “Crushers”
There is rampant misuse of the term “crusher cap” in reference to US visor caps in the WWII militaria collecting market. A crusher cap is a type of visor cap that is intended to be soft and pliable. Germans also had a crusher cap designed for field use, but that is another topic. US crusher caps were designed for pilots and air personnel to comfortably wear under their headset.
Are Shows Still Worth the Effort?
Just returned from the "D.C. Big Flea Market" at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, VA. This is a relatively big show held 5 weekends a year. With about 600 dealers, it really makes for a fun afternoon. Despite its name, this is anything but a flea market of tables piled with old clothes, books, and children’s toys.
2007 Great Falls Studio Tour
Last Sunday I was tooling around the back roads in Great Falls, Virginia in my husband’s aging Corvette when I spotted a sign, "Great Falls Studio Tour." The local area newspaper elaborated that Great Falls Studios was having their 4th annual studio tour Oct. 19 – 21, 2007.
WWII Airborne Reinforced M42 Jump Jacket ID’d To Vet
I recently acquired my first M42 Reinforced jump jacket. This jacket was even CC-2’d (Chemical impregnation to protect skin from gas), which led me to believe that it was used on the Normandy jump. Based off the canvas used and the rigger sewing construction, I could tell that it was 82nd Airborne.
CBS Fender Instruments: A Turning Point in Quality and Value?
January 3, 1965 is an important date for Fender instrument collectors because it’s when Leo Fender and Don Randall sold their company to CBS Broadcasting for $13 million. Leo remained working in R&D and Randall became General Manager, but their company was never the same again.
MACV-SOG 1-0 Jacket: A Symbol For Vietnam’s Elite Among The Elite
Until recently, little was known or published about MACV-SOG, an elite US Special Forces reconnaissance unit in Vietnam. SOG was under joint command by 5th Special Forces Group and CIA with an objective to recon and disrupt the Ho Chi Minh trail by running cross-border operations into denied areas, primarily Laos and Cambodia. SOG recon teams were small, typically 6 to 8 men.