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Old 02-05-2017, 04:06 PM
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I collect baseball cards and some baseball memorabilia (mainly Cleveland). Baseball is my favorite sport of all time, and a huge reason is because it's America's Pastime.

I am in the final steps of buying a house (closing on one here in the next few weeks), and it has a Man Cave. I am very Patriotic, and want to add some American History memorabilia to go with my baseball memorabilia. I also got the idea from the show Last Man Standing. Mike Baxter (Tim Allen) collects replica tanks, guns, etc. Guns I can do on my own, but the reason for this post...

Do any of you collect American History memorabilia? If so, what kind of things do you collect? I'm not looking to start a MASSIVE collection, but just a few things to add to my collection.
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Old 02-06-2017, 09:36 PM
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I collect a bit. Pretty much the same way I collect sports stuff, I either see something I think is cool and affordable or I just get lucky with something.

I bought a bunch of old magazines of one title years ago. Political magazine, and sort of interesting. Had a few issues with the original serialization of an HG wells book. The real prize I didn't know was there. In the stack was an original campaign flyer for Teddy Roosevelts progressive party campaign.

Most people like themes, I prefer a variety of stuff.

Old skis, a detonator plunger from the 1800's - think Wile E Coyote, some early radios, Frisbees, early computers/video games. A telephone chair/table....there's a huge variety of options out there.

Overall I'd say think about what stuff you like or think is cool/important. Maybe make a bit of a list and go looking for things that fit. Leave room for those things you find that you might have never even knew existed but stumbled across and just couldn't pass up.

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Old 02-07-2017, 07:51 AM
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Steve -

I appreciate that. Sounds like you have a very cool collection full of history and education. I love it!

I'm trying to figure out what exactly to collect from the wars/history, and how I want the collection to be built. I don't want a massive collection, as this stuff doesn't fit into 9-card binder pages - although if I collected old magazine covers or newspapers, those could fit into sleeves in binders.

Spent ammo casings, badges, War-time advertisements, etc. All are options. Heck, even a helmet or something like that would be cool.
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Old 02-08-2017, 02:19 PM
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When you decide what you're looking for let me know. I have a bunch of old magazines with nice ads. I won't cut up complete magazines, but a batch of them have already been cut as they were from the publisher of a nostalgia magazine. Already cut ones or heavily damaged ones I have no problem taking ads from.

I have a bunch of other "stuff" as well.

Ammo casings you should check state laws. Technically here in Mass I can't have them without an FID card. Unless they're very unusual or huge they aren't much as displays anyway.

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Old 02-08-2017, 05:36 PM
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Steve -

I appreciate that. I will absolutely be in touch with you. Right now I'm just figuring out how to collect and where to start, as I'm in the final stages of buying a house and need all of my funds going towards that. Once the house is ours, it's painted, cleaned, and we're moved in, I'll be starting the collection so I can add the militaria to my office and Man Cave.
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My Great Uncle Philip fought and served in the Navy during WWII in the Pacific aboard the USS Quail. A small minesweeper ship that saw a lot action in Manila Bay. They even managed to knock down quite a few Japanese war planes.
When Corregidor Island was invaded by the Japanese, Wainwright ordered the surrender. The Captain of the Quail was ordered to scuttle the ship so it wouldn't fall into the enemies hands. Shortly after the Captain, Philip, and 15 other members of the crew stocked a 36 ft. long diesel boat full of supplies, food, and ammo and fled the island at night. They snuck past 55 Japanese warships and endured multiple strafing attempts from dive bombers. After 30 days of island hopping and hiding in small coves they traveled 2,000 miles to Darwin, Australia.
Philip was the Captain's right hand man. He had a great set of eyes and was the watch out man. He was also an expert with maps and direction. He documented every detail of this journey.
Before their arrival to Darwin he pieced together and sewed an American flag with a pair of Kahki pants and some red and blue dye for the boat.
A couple weeks later after the safe arrival he was promoted to Quartermaster and reassigned to the USS Jarvis. Days later his ship was hit by a Japanese torpedo and sunk. All hands on board lost. Over 250 men. Philip had his American flag with him.
Philip was listed MIA and information sent back home was limited. Great Grandma wrote the Navy and Red Cross to no avail. She always thought he would show up on the doorstep one day.

I wrote a school report about him in the 5th grade and found it several years ago. Did some research and found the book "South from Corregidor" that was written by the Captain of the Quail. The book documents the journey day by day from Corregidor Island to Darwin. I became great friends with a man who republished the book and does presentations about it.
I met up with him in 2014 at the Naval Academy in DC to be apart of his presentation. Also got to meet the only remaining member of the 17 men that escaped. His name is Lyle, 93 years old.
Pretty much the only person alive that personally knew my Great Uncle and he shared many great stories that left me with goosebumps. A truly amazing man. I will never forget that day! It was an honor to represent my family. And to think 70 years later I would be the one to get all of this information.
I would of given anything for my Grandpa to read this book. It would of gave him closure.

So to the topic of this thread. I had a newspaper clipping from our local newspaper made into a nice picture. A picture of the men on their diesel boat given to me in DC. Both on display in my basement. My prized possession is the original, hard to find first published book "South from Corregidor" signed by Lyle. Several Saturday Evening Post magazines that wrote stories of the journey. Even have three comic books. Several wire photos and a newsletter that came from the Quail.
Also since I'm a Kansas boy I collect Eisenhower bust coin banks.
Sorry for the long read!



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Old 02-15-2017, 07:28 AM
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Ben,

What an excellent read. First of all, thank you to your uncle for his service. He gave the ultimate sacrifice for this country. Second of all, that story is incredible. I can't even imagine what they went through, cove-hopping on foreign islands and then landing in Australia. It's crazy, sobering, and humbling to think about. These people were heroes. I'm glad you've been able to track down some memorabilia to honor your Great Uncle. Thank you very much for sharing!


My fiancee's grandpa fought in the Pacific in WWII. I don't remember exactly which battles he was apart of, but I do know that the Japanese radio stations referred to him as "The Knife" due to the amount of Japanese he killed with his knife. He's still alive, and lives right across the street. He doesn't talk about the war much, though. His body is shot, but his mind is as sharp as a tack.
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I collect obscure NJ Memorabilia. The pages on the left are saved images from the internet, the deed signed by Barker Gummere, Jr, I picked up at a flea market in Neshanic NJ from a .25 cent box. He was part of the Republican Convention and a Political King Maker as from a excerpt from Washington Post
"Daisy's (Calhoun)second husband was Barker Gummere Jr., a banker whose political influence earned him the nickname the "Kingmaker of New Jersey." The last picture is a portion of Brick Mold from the early 1900's that I dug up in the late 1960's from near by Clay Pits I had two, donated one to the Historical Museum in town
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Old 02-18-2017, 05:55 PM
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One More Original Photo Post Card of the Morro Castle
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