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B-17 Bomber Pilot's Leather Helmet










A view of the Selby Shoe Company in Portsmouth, Ohio. This company was incorporated as the Drew-Selby Co. in April 1902, but after Irving Drew sold his interest in the company, the name was changed in October 1905 to the Selby Shoe Co. 
Photo courtesy of the Columbus Metropolitan Library



Officer's Cap



High Carbohydrate Ration Box

Cardboard box with slide out cardboard tray

This box may have contained military chocolate.  Maynards Ltd. was a confectionery company that was founded in London in the 1890s.


Good Luck Charm

"St. Christopher Be My Guide" lucky charm, plastic core with foil-like plating peeling away.
Reverse has profile of a girl with initials "HNS" (Holy Name Society) above her.
Where this charm has a 4-leaf clover, the society logo has a cross.

The period 1930-1940 saw the initial commercial development of today’s major thermoplastics: polyvinyl chloride, low density polyethylene, polystyrene, and polymethyl methacrylate. The advent of World War II in 1939 brought plastics into great demand, largely as substitutes for materials in short supply, such as natural rubber. In the United States, the crash program leading to large-scale production of synthetic rubbers resulted in extensive research into the chemistry of polymer formation and, eventually, to the development of more plastic materials. The first decade after World War II saw the development of polypropylene and high density polyethylene and the growth of the new plastics in many applications.


Two pairs of small dice

Unknown object, front and reverse.
See below, object has been identified.

Special thanks to Pat Peters of Lutz, Florida for identifying this "unknown object" at above right.  It is the "eye" from the faster of a jacket that uses a "hook & eye" closure. He wrote and provided two links to examples on March 5, 2018:

Greetings... I believe I may have already emailed once, regarding the picture with the above URL. That item is the "eye" for the "hook and eye" style closure, most likely a neck closure on a military jacket. The A-2 flight jacket has one which is similar but not identical. Note the one on the jacket in the first picture and the rivet pattern of the "hook" side, on the right side of the second picture.

http://image.rakuten.co.jp/rhino/cabinet/us_authentic/a2-3.jpg http://image.rakuten.co.jp/rhino/cabinet/us_authentic/a2-4.jpg


That actually could be from an A-2 jacket. So many different manufacturers made them, there were variations from one to the next. Unfortunately, we'll never know unless we find one which is identical.

All the best! Patrick E. "Pat" Peters Lutz, FL

ID tags ("dog tags")


Pieces of ground-based anti-aircraft ammunition, known as "Flak."
See more about flak, including videos.

Victory series Philippines Peso

Place your cursor on the image to see the reverse side.

The 'Victory' note series was printed in 1944, to be used upon the return of MacArthur. When he came ashore in Leyte on Oct. 20th, 1944, he was purportedly carrying some of these in his pocket.

According to a BEP report the number 66 (for the series) was chosen because that was President Quezons age when he died just prior to the liberation of the Philippines.

VICTORY notes were printed at the U.S. BUREAU of Engraving and Printing- the last Philippine currency printed by the US. Replacement notes are indicated by a star prefix to the serial number. There are also signature combinations which are harder to find.

The signature combinations are as follows, the first being this sample:

S. Osmena (President) and J. Hernandez (Auditor General) most common, 61,192,000 were delivered.
S. Osmena and M. Guevara (w/ title of Treasurer) [100 & 500 only - rare]
M. Roxas and M. Guevara (not found on 1, 5 or 10 - rarest on others)


Nederlandsch-Indie One Gulden Note

Dutch East Indies One Gulden Note
Fine print at bottom center reads "American Bank Note Company"

Place your cursor on the image to see the reverse side.

The Dutch East Indies was a Dutch colony that became modern Indonesia following World War II. It was formed from the nationalized colonies of the Dutch East India Company, which came under the administration of the Dutch government in 1800. Capital: Jakarta


On the left, the State Coat of Arms of the Netherlands, with motto "Je Maintiendrai" ("I will maintain") as a tribute to the great heroism of the Dutch and the House of Orange and Nassau against the tyranny of Spain, France, and Germany.  Queen Wilhelmina on the right.  Wilhelmina (Wilhelmina Helena Pauline Maria; 31 August 1880 – 28 November 1962) was Queen of the Kingdom of the Netherlands from 1890 to 1948. She reigned for nearly 58 years, longer than any other Dutch monarch. Her reign saw World War I and World War II, the economic crisis of 1933, and the decline of the Netherlands as a major colonial power. Outside the Netherlands she is primarily remembered for her role in World War II, in which she proved to be a great inspiration to the Dutch resistance.



Officers Bed Tag, MacDill Field
Jan. 5, 1044




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