• 16
    Jan

Goodbye to the Mess Kit

If it is true that an Army marches on its stomach, then the mess kit was the way the Army marches.

The examples of mess kits I have belong to World War I and the Vietnam Era. The first is heavy gauge steel and has some heft to it. Its design survived through the Second World War. The ‘chow’ was added unceremoniously into uncompartmented sections where everything eventually ran together.

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  • 16
    Jan

Buckle Up, Soldier

Confederate belt buckles can be valued at thousands of dollars – a fact which has spurred an interesting pastime – digging for buckles. While record collectors refer to searching for valuable vinyl at stores or sales as “digging in the crates,” “digging for buckles” in the southern United States literally means grabbing a shovel and unearthing a specific part of, say Tennessee, for example.

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  • 16
    Jan

Carnival Season: Mardi Gras from a Local’s Perspective

Carnival season has officially begun! The first parade looms around the corner!

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  • 16
    Jan

Geek Speak Supplimental, X-men Messiah CompleX checklist

Below you will find a X-Men: Messiah Complex Checklist taken from Marvel.com to help you catch up on the best X-Men crossover in recent memory. Now Start shopping while you can still afford the books!

X-Men Messiah Complex #1A Cover by David Finch

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  • 14
    Jan

Sputnik Ranch: A Refuge for Designer Toy Collectors

Sputnik Ranch
3029 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA
www.sputnikranch.com

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  • 13
    Jan
  • 13
    Jan

Rutherford B. Hayes Commemorative China

On occasion, online auction companies have offered a uniquely produced piece of White House china service from the Administration of Rutherford B. Hayes from 1877 to 1881.

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  • 11
    Jan

U.S. Army One

It began with an urgent phone call on September 7, 1957. President Eisenhower was required at the White House for some urgent affairs of state.

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  • 11
    Jan

Postcards

Vintage and antique postcard collecting can be an enjoyable trip through time and space. American, Canadian, and European postcards are en vogue and are a lot of fun to hunt for at auctions online and in shops. The technical term for postcard collecting is deltiology. It’s one of the most popular collectibles.

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  • 10
    Jan

Have You Lost Your Marbles?

A thumb flicks a shiny marble across the cement and the camera zooms in on the child’s face – tongue curled over his upper lip in consternation, his gaze steady – as the tiny ball rolls toward its target. A smile erupts when the marble hits its mark.

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