History

Doughboys Arrive in Great Britain 1917

The US entered World War One in April of 1917 but it would take a year before the doughboys arrived in numbers to make a difference in France. At the start of the war the US Army was tiny but by the end of hostilities on November 11th, 1918 over 4 million men had volunteered […]

Scotland the Brave_a Tribute

Scotland the Brave_a Tribute

As a “Yank” I’ve never had a horse in the race regarding the movement for Scottish Independence from the UK. Frankly, I’ve never understood the argument from the secessionists but certainly have recognized the “William Wallace” pride associated with being Scottish. Soooo, it has seemed to me that the two countries are better off with […]

Attila, You Are on the Wrong Side of History

Attila, You Are on the Wrong Side of History

Lecturing terrorists and empire builders that they are on the wrong side of history does not stop them from terrorizing or empire building.

1st Royal Scots Pipes and Drums 1890s

1st Royal Scots Pipes and Drums 1890s

Here’s another postcard that caught my eye at the antique shop. It’s a print of the Pipe and Drum contingent of the 1st Royal Scots, the oldest regiment in the British Army. The publisher was Valentine and Sons. Valentine and Sons were Victorian era publishers of postcards and grew to be Scotland’s largest. The uniforms […]

To Hell with Kaiser Bill!

To Hell with Kaiser Bill!

I’m reading, The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War by Richard Rubin. Rubin had this great idea to interview living American veterans of World War One. Frankly, it was a race against the clock since all survivors of the Great War were well over 100 years old by the […]

USS Saratoga (CV-3) WW2 postcard

USS Saratoga (CV-3) WW2 postcard

Another interesting postcard that got scooped up from the antique store is a postcard of the USS Saratoga, postmarked 11/24/1942. It was sent from San Diego, CA. According to the Wiki article on the ship the Saratoga would not have been at San Diego at the time of the postmark. She would have been on […]

Spirit of Paul Jones Postcard

Spirit of Paul Jones Postcard

The Spirit of Paul Jones is a recent find from an antique store. ┬áThe colorized postcards sell for a bit more than I’d like but then again they are old and somewhat unique. This one is postmarked August 29th, 1919. The sender is a gal named Pearl and the recipient is Miss Nancy Austin at […]

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