2007 NFL Preview
Sunday night, the New Jersey Football Giants and the Old Browns/New Ravens each lost a slew of players to injury, adding to the ever-growing list of pre-season casualties, leaving many of us wondering, what happens when a franchise player gets injured during these meaningless exhibitions.<
For the first time in ten-odd years, my end of summer will not be punctuated by the coming of football training camp. For the first time, my August will not be defined by two-a-days, the odor of mildewed socks, and post-practice dips in the ice bath.
The Evolution of Jungle Boots Worn in Vietnam
The first jungle boots to be worn in South East Asia where developed immediately post WWII for use in Panama. They resembled WWII boots by having double buckles and a russet brown leather finish. They saw limited use in Vietnam with the exception of being worn by early Special Forces advisor teams in Laos (Operation Hot Foot / White Star) and occasionally by TDY teams in Vietnam.
WWII German Wehrpass For An Africa Corps Panzer Grenadier
I’ve had this German Wehrpass for awhile. The soldier’s name was Heinrif Esser and his last unit entry is “7./Pz. Gren. Rgt. 361″ or 7th Company of the Panzer Grenadier Regiment 361. This unit was under the famous 90th Light Africa Division (March 1942-May 1943) that was captured at the battle of Tunis.
WWII Japanese Battle Flag
Here is an Imperial Japanese Army battle flag that I got from a WWII 77th Division veteran who fought in the Pacific Theater. He “liberated” the flag from a soldier on the island Cebu. I’ve never had the kanji translated. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
The gentleman in the picture holding the flag is the the vet. He was a wonderful person to talk with.
The Old West Romance Lives On
The demand for Native American artwork and artifacts continues to rise. Wes Cowan provides advice for those looking to collect these reminders of America’s original inhabitants. — Editor Native Americans roaming the plains, cowboys riding their horses and young women awaiting their return – these romantic views of the west have long attracted people to […]
Nineteenth Century Chalkware
The origin of antique American chalkware is generally attributed to the Pennsylvania Dutch, first appearing in the mid 1800’s as a low-cost decorative alternative to the more expensive English Staffordshire figures. These were often sold door to door by peddlers as late as 1900 until decorative objects made with more modern materials and manufacturing methods […]
East Meets West – Chinese Export Porcelain
Over 200 years ago an American ship, The Empress of China, arrived at the port of Canton, China to join a vigorous trade in Chinese ceramics that had flourished since the 16th century. The early trade in porcelain was dominated by the Portuguese, Dutch, and the English, all of whom had developed hearty tastes for […]