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.
Glass shoe is a generic term for any figural shoe (or slipper, boot, ice skate, etc.) made of glass, ceramic, or metal. Some examples are utilitarian in nature, e.g., the Atterbury shoe night lamp or the ruby glass cocktail shaker in the shape of a leg and foot wearing a metal sandal. Most were made […]
Franz and William Goebel, father and son, founded the F. D. & W. Goebel Porcelain Works near Coburg, Germany, in 1879. Initially, the firm made dinnerware, utilitarian ware and beer steins. Marx-Louis, William’s son, became president in 1912. He introduced many new porcelain figurine designs and added a pottery figurine line. Franz Goebel, son of […]
Golf roots rest in 15th-century Scotland. Initially a game played primarily by the aristocracy and gentry, by the mid-19th century the game was accessible to everyone. By 1900, golf courses were located throughout Great Britain and the United States. Golf collectibles divide into four basic groups: (1) golf books, (2) golf equipment, (3) items associated with […]
After a distinguished ceramic career working for American Encaustic Tiling, Cherry Art Tile, Florence Pottery, and Ohio Pottery, Lawton Gonder purchased the Zane Pottery, Zanesville, Ohio, in 1940 and renamed it Gonder Ceramic Arts. The company concentrated on art pottery and decorative accessories. Gonder hired top designers and sculptors to create his products. Gonder’s glazes […]
Graniteware is a generic term used to describe enamel coated iron or steel kitchenware. Originating in Germany, the first American graniteware was manufactured in the 1860s. American manufacturers received a major market boost when World War I curtailed German imports. Graniteware is still being manufactured today. Older examples tend to be heavier. Cast-iron handles date between […]
The modern greeting card originated in the middle of the 15th century in the Rhine Valley of medieval Germany. Printed New Year greetings gained in popularity during the 17th and 18th centuries. Queen Victoria’s interest in holiday and special occasion cards helped establish the sending of greeting cards as a regular event. Louis Prang, a color […]