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World War One Postcards

World War One Postcards

A recent trip to the antique store produced three World War One era postcards. It is rare for me to find European postcards with World War One subjects but in this case I found three! The first one features a German Dragoon in full dress uniform. His unit is Dragoon Regiment “Prinz Carl” according to the […]

Send Mail_Doughboy to Loved Ones Back Home

Send Mail_Doughboy to Loved Ones Back Home

Since the inception of email, texting and other forms of instant communications letter and post card writing are disappearing, One would wonder how historians will document the Afghan War when they will not have access to the thousands if not millions of emails that have passed between the service men and women and their families […]

Cossacks and a Zepplin _Stereotypic slide

Cossacks and a Zepplin _Stereotypic slide

Down below the first two pics is my latest find from an antique store in Delavan, WI. The stereotypic  image portrays Russian Cossacks shooting down a German Zeppelin. There is no way to date the image but it would have to be either WW1 (1914-1918) or post-war. Although the eastern front in WW1 receives little attention […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Sailor, his girlfriend and the Great White Fleet, c. 1910

A Sailor, his girlfriend and the Great White Fleet, c. 1910

Of the five post cards I walked away with from the antique store in Indiana I found this one the most interesting. First of all the artwork is fantastic. The colors are still stunning even though the card is postmarked February 23, 1910! The edging of the card is a metallic gold. My scan does […]

My Browning “Luftwaffe” 9mm

My dad was a bit of gun collector in his later years. One day he came home with a 9mm Browning Hi-power handgun and an unusual story. He told me that Browning had a factory in Belgium (FN) and licensed their Browning guns to the various European powers before WW2. (The Hi-Power has been used […]

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