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by Gustaf
Thu Nov 12, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: WWI
Topic: Late airborne message
Replies: 14
Views: 194

Re: Late airborne message

A miraculous find: a small capsule of the model carried by messenger pigeons was recently found in a field in Alsace. It contained a message sent in 1910 by a JR171 officer during maneuvers in the area. Supposedly, the carrier pigeon lost its precious memo... Capture.PNG Capture.PNG Here is a photo...
by Gustaf
Wed Nov 11, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: WWI
Topic: Late airborne message
Replies: 14
Views: 194

Re: Late airborne message

cptbob wrote:
Wed Nov 11, 2020 8:36 pm
Amazing that is sat outside for a century and the message is still intact! Fantastic! :bravo:
The capsules seal very well, the message being preserved is not surprising. Finding it is very surprising. It is a shame the used a can opener to open it though.
by Gustaf
Thu Oct 15, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: SOS 21
Replies: 21
Views: 1132

Re: SOS 21

By the way, grain dust has nothing to do with TB, White lung is the result of grain dust, like black lung in a miner but a different contaminant. If I am cleared for TB, I may feel good enough that I do not have to spend all my time sitting at the table at SOS/
by Gustaf
Thu Oct 15, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: SOS 21
Replies: 21
Views: 1132

Re: SOS 21

Hmmm...glad I am not going to be at this 2020 Show with Gus already coughing! Lucky you James!! Of course it could be only a mild case of TB due to all of the "grain dust" that he has inhaled during his life as a farmer. :D Odd you should mention that, just had a TB test yesterday, should get the r...
by Gustaf
Tue Oct 13, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: SOS 21
Replies: 21
Views: 1132

Re: SOS 21

cough cough!
by Gustaf
Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: SOS 21
Replies: 21
Views: 1132

Re: SOS 21

Go ahead and pick on me, with my diminished cognitive ability and short attention span, I will have forgotten about what ever it was we were talking about. I do not have anything to bring to sell, so I will probably just wander off at any time.
by Gustaf
Sat Sep 19, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: SOS 21
Replies: 21
Views: 1132

Re: SOS 21

Ouch, burn. I suspect I will spend even less time at the table this next year
by Gustaf
Sat Sep 19, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: SOS 21
Replies: 21
Views: 1132

Re: SOS 21

J.LeBrasseur wrote:
Fri Sep 18, 2020 5:28 pm
Guy's do not give him ideas, I need him to sit at the tables for once.

I cannot remember the last time I got to shop at SOS and buy something....

James
Maggie wants to know why Lori is always worried about all the money you spend? What about all the Kinder uniforms that I never got to see?
by Gustaf
Thu Sep 17, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: SOS 21
Replies: 21
Views: 1132

Re: SOS 21

I'm bringing my wheel chair so James can push me around.
by Gustaf
Tue Aug 04, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: AGM August Catalog 115
Replies: 3
Views: 649

Re: AGM August Catalog 115

It is important not to use paypal to pay for purchases from AGM as that money will not go to AGM, as paypal has closed their account and seized their balance. I think it is time to close my account and drop off ebay. Paypal has made it fairly easy to make payments to Europe, but to be honest, sendin...
by Gustaf
Mon Jul 27, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Named GM-15 Gas Mask in Rusted but Complete Condition
Replies: 3
Views: 510

Re: Named GM-15 Gas Mask in Rusted but Complete Condition

400 euro seems a little high to a person who bought this type of mask for $100, but that was in the last century. The condition can be improved with careful care. The fact it is complete and a great name painted on the lid makes up for the condition issue. I had not heard of the extra cloth being an...
by Gustaf
Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: Chauchat was not the Worst Machine Gun
Replies: 10
Views: 1243

Re: Chauchat was not the Worst Machine Gun

Great article. The pseudo-historians of the history channel on TV has been the biggest manure spreader of fake history.
by Gustaf
Thu May 28, 2020 1:02 am
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: My new MG08
Replies: 18
Views: 4120

Re: My new MG08

Great item but it has an MG08 booster assembly? That is what it has. I'll seek out a more correct replacement, but I'm sure this would be an impossibility. There are a lot of reproductions of the 08/15 booster, the reproductions have an angular edge on the front of the shroud, while the originals a...
by Gustaf
Sun May 10, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Member's Collections
Topic: Computer Program for Collector Inventory
Replies: 6
Views: 1201

Re: Computer Program for Collector Inventory

I use a three ring binder.
by Gustaf
Sun May 03, 2020 12:51 am
Forum: Collector Stories
Topic: Pickelhauben and Covid-19
Replies: 25
Views: 3277

Re: Pickelhauben and Covid-19

When I pass away the items will most likely be given away or sold below their value, and I don't mind because they have served their purpose: giving enjoyment to me. Have a nice weekend, Lars And they will become a pleasure for another collector. A lot of collectors think museums are the way to go ...
by Gustaf
Wed Apr 29, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: Collector Stories
Topic: Pickelhauben and Covid-19
Replies: 25
Views: 3277

Re: Pickelhauben and Covid-19

I have heard a lot about the aging of the hobby, I heard it in the 1960s too. Anyone who has attended The Show of Shows should know better. When you look at the total young population, there is a very small percentage that are interested in history, now just because we are all interested in history ...
by Gustaf
Thu Apr 23, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Steel Combat Helmets 1916- 1918
Topic: Miss MacPhillips
Replies: 6
Views: 1397

Re: Miss MacPhillips

Also, the fact that you could put a label and a stamp on a helmet and have it sent through the mail is pretty hard to fathom these days. I don't expect that Canadians could do this. I've never encountered a mail home helmet here. I am sure that you can still do it. Not too many years ago, a friend ...
by Gustaf
Thu Apr 23, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Kinder Helme and Uniforms
Topic: Prussian Kinder Ersatz
Replies: 6
Views: 941

Re: Prussian Kinder Ersatz

This is the only Ersatz Kinder helmet I have ever seen and almost mint. Came from a friend in Germany with a kinder tunic I will post later. He brought me these at SOS. There is a 1916 dated mannequin that came with the set, that I am still waiting on to get here from Germany. mixture of real parts...
by Gustaf
Wed Apr 15, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: Otto's social forum
Topic: Debate on Restoration
Replies: 5
Views: 1146

Re: Debate on Restoration

Good article. I reminded me of an original Ford Model T that was found in original condition with 90% of the original paint and not body damage, as I recall, it was purchased for an insane price and then the owner decided it would be great to restore it, he spent a small fortune reducing its value b...
by Gustaf
Mon Apr 06, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Period Photographs
Topic: KuK Kaiserschützen
Replies: 2
Views: 531

Re: KuK Kaiserschützen

I had the great luck to help a farmer in Austria, clean the attic in his house in 1972, I was handed the tunic of Ferdinand Holzner, and told to put in the garbage, I was able to convince the farmer that it was not something that should go in the garbage, so he gave it to me, and with a little diggi...
by Gustaf
Thu Apr 02, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Buyer Beware: Problems with Purchases
Topic: Test
Replies: 1
Views: 2866

Re: Test

b.loree wrote:
Wed Apr 01, 2020 5:35 pm
Just testing this part of the forum. B
I looks like you got a B
by Gustaf
Wed Apr 01, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: Thanks Enid
Replies: 9
Views: 1671

Re: Thanks Enid

We only looked at the issue today - all our mail is quarantined for two days! And Brian, Enid just said you'll have to buy something even cooler next year to make the cut! And hey, she didn't include my MG08 purchase so don't feel bad! Our mail is on a 3 day quarantine, it just about ruined me when...
by Gustaf
Tue Mar 31, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: Not German, but some of you might appriciate it.
Replies: 6
Views: 1190

Re: Not German, but some of you might appriciate it.

b.loree wrote:
Tue Mar 31, 2020 3:20 pm
Yes, good to see you have framed up that CEF gas helmet you sniped from my part of The Great White North years ago!
That is one of the best parts of the collection.
by Gustaf
Sun Mar 29, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: Not German, but some of you might appriciate it.
Replies: 6
Views: 1190

Not German, but some of you might appriciate it.

I managed to make an addition to the Commonwealth corner of the bunker recently. It is demiled but works better for displays in public.
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by Gustaf
Sun Mar 01, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: My 2020 SOS purchases
Replies: 11
Views: 2495

Re: My 2020 SOS purchases

Hello James ; Are you sure that all these small straps are for children ? One that you show has writing on the bottom I think it is a red strap J. B. 6 a lot of these small straps were stock used by the people who put them in frames for soldiers as they ended their service with a regiment and was a...
by Gustaf
Sun Mar 01, 2020 12:34 am
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: 2020 Show-of-Shows: THANK YOU from the OVMS
Replies: 6
Views: 2000

Re: 2020 Show-of-Shows: THANK YOU from the OVMS

J.LeBrasseur wrote:
Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:25 pm
Great show and Great people, and other then Gus being aloud in, all is good!

James
That is your fault, you got the pass for me.
by Gustaf
Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:52 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: 2020 Show-of-Shows: THANK YOU from the OVMS
Replies: 6
Views: 2000

Re: 2020 Show-of-Shows: THANK YOU from the OVMS

Hey Alan, Those younger collectors have been there all along. SOS is the best show in the world, the people who attend are great and the people who put is on do not get enough thanks for the work they do. About the only complaint I heard was that you had to wait 4 hours after getting your packet bef...
by Gustaf
Thu Feb 27, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: My 2020 SOS purchases
Replies: 11
Views: 2495

Re: My 2020 SOS purchases

I could not even find another box of crackers this year, but it was probably the Best SOS yet. We made it home just ahead of a big blizzard.
by Gustaf
Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: My new MG08
Replies: 18
Views: 4120

Re: My new MG08

They make a great mail box stand too.
by Gustaf
Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Member's Collections
Topic: Does Anybody Else Collect Headgear Sets?
Replies: 9
Views: 3825

Re: Does Anybody Else Collect Headgear Sets?

Here is my contribution, not as great as John's, but you have to work with what you have.

Prussian Infantry circa 1917
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and Prussian Infantry circa 1918
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by Gustaf
Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: SOS 2020
Replies: 62
Views: 14708

Re: SOS 2020

Amybellars wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 4:29 am
Gustaf wrote:
Tue Feb 04, 2020 11:14 am
Well, it looks like SOS will be canceled for me this year, Jeff has posted his latest catalogue and by 3:05 Central time I should be bankrupt.
And you are still rich after 3.05 central time. :D :P
Not rich, but not as poor as I wished to be.
by Gustaf
Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Jaeger zu Pferde Reserve Officer Helmet for Regiment 8-13
Replies: 20
Views: 4602

Re: Jaeger zu Pferde Reserve Officer Helmet for Regiment 8-13

Tony without Kaiser wrote:
Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:21 am
Well done :thumbright:

Nothing compares to Officer's Metalhelme.

I assume you bought a lottery ticket on the way home?
He already won the lottery, no need to buy a loosing ticket.
by Gustaf
Tue Feb 04, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: SOS 2020
Replies: 62
Views: 14708

Re: SOS 2020

Due to slow interweb service, it looks like I can still afford to drive to Kentucky.
by Gustaf
Tue Feb 04, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: Auction & Show News
Topic: SOS 2020
Replies: 62
Views: 14708

Re: SOS 2020

Well, it looks like SOS will be canceled for me this year, Jeff has posted his latest catalogue and by 3:05 Central time I should be bankrupt.
by Gustaf
Fri Jan 31, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Real or Fake III
Replies: 10
Views: 2888

Re: Real or Fake III

Hey Brian, Giving prices is usually difficult,but to give you an idea, I paid $2200 (about 4 years ago) for a nice Stirnpanzer with a good M1917 helmet (with liner and chin strap) the strap on the Panzer is not original, and $1200 about 6 years ago for a nice Grabenpanzer with replaced straps. Both ...
by Gustaf
Wed Jan 29, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Real or Fake III
Replies: 10
Views: 2888

Re: Real or Fake III

YOu do not have to use metal to get a Stirn Panzer to ring, a real one will ring with a knuckle.
by Gustaf
Sun Jan 05, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: MG08 and MG08/15 parts
Replies: 14
Views: 5137

Re: MG08 and MG08/15 parts

Hey Eric, here is the top strap, the dealer in France has been good for me, the strap is probably a reproduction, but I doubt you will find an original.

http://aassniper98.com/en/mg-08/10297-l ... 0815-.html

Best
Gus
by Gustaf
Thu Dec 26, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Collector Stories
Topic: Christmas 1918 - the forgotten story
Replies: 2
Views: 2738

Re: Christmas 1918 - the forgotten story

Most people still believe that the war ended on November 11th 1918, but it continued until the Treaty of Versailles over a half a year later. A lot of people died of starvation in Germany during that time due to the blockade stopping food from being sent to Germany.
by Gustaf
Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Member's Collections
Topic: My (all original) German Collection
Replies: 12
Views: 3042

Re: My (all original) German Collection

I predict that in a couple of decades, you will be buying a couple of shipping containers, there is no cure, just treatment for this disorder. The current health care regulations require insurance to cover drug addicts, I think they should also pay for collectors to treat their ailment.
by Gustaf
Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Good Soldier Svejk
Replies: 4
Views: 1721

Re: The Good Soldier Svejk

My introduction to Good Soldier Svejk actually came from the book Good Camarad Schweik, by Helmut Putz. I found the book when I was still in high school and it was so interesting that I searched for the prequel by Jaroslav Hašek. Good Soldier Svejk is even better, but Putz did do a very good job of ...
by Gustaf
Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Good Soldier Svejk
Replies: 4
Views: 1721

Re: The Good Soldier Svejk

That would be the Gendarm he met while he was making his way to the front after getting left behind by his regiment.
by Gustaf
Wed Oct 30, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Member's Collections
Topic: A new home for my collection
Replies: 30
Views: 8596

Re: A new home for my collection

Think about a good HEPA air purifier to remove some of the dust. I'm sure you could tuck it away somewhere and that will do a great job of controlling the dust. Even though dust is a big problem in our area, I have not had any problems with dust in the containers. The carpet catches any dirt that c...
by Gustaf
Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Member's Collections
Topic: A new home for my collection
Replies: 30
Views: 8596

Re: A new home for my collection

Schiavona13 wrote:
Tue Oct 29, 2019 2:12 pm
Gustaf wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 10:09 pm
dirt on the shoes is a issue to think about
I have astro turf on the landing and in the entrance, That helps remove most of the dirt. The carpet is vacuumed fairly regular, and while dust is a big problem in this area, I have manage to keep it to a minimum in the containers.
by Gustaf
Fri Oct 25, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Member's Collections
Topic: A new home for my collection
Replies: 30
Views: 8596

Re: A new home for my collection

Do you have climat control and heating in there ? Humidity is not a big problem here under normal conditions as we seldom get above 50%, but I do have a dehumidifier as well as limited heating in the winter and AC in the summer. During the coldest months, I will have to allow the temperatures to ge...
by Gustaf
Fri Oct 25, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Member's Collections
Topic: A new home for my collection
Replies: 30
Views: 8596

Re: A new home for my collection

Thanks all, this has been a project that I had wanted to do for some time, making the collection available to the public while keeping it at home where I can enjoy it too. I have had it displayed at other museums in the past, about half the collection spent 6 months in the Fort Douglas Military Muse...
by Gustaf
Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: Member's Collections
Topic: A new home for my collection
Replies: 30
Views: 8596

Re: A new home for my collection

We have been getting the bunker ready for an open house sometime in the month of November, we will host the member's meeting of the Minidoka County Historical Society and the general public sometime after Veteran's Day. The time and date will be announced when we get things ironed out. DSCN0087.JPG ...
by Gustaf
Sun Sep 01, 2019 11:59 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: M1915 Bavarian
Replies: 18
Views: 3051

Re: M1915 Bavarian

Metric is a better system, but Centigrade is not really a very good measurement of temperature. It is based on water's state while Fahrenheit is based on the human condition.
by Gustaf
Wed Aug 21, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Member's Collections
Topic: Minor Disaster!
Replies: 13
Views: 3784

Re: Minor Disaster!

Glad the remodel is a success and that the preventative measures are working
by Gustaf
Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: 2018 de-activation laws
Replies: 9
Views: 2843

Re: 2018 de-activation laws

The half inch is actually the addition of two cuts that remove a quarter inch of material. Our European friends are not talking about full auto weapons, I think they are talking about the run of the mill rifle, pistol and revolvers we almost take for granted.
by Gustaf
Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Finally found a metal haube
Replies: 11
Views: 2535

Re: Finally found a metal haube

MG34NZ wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:14 am
I think you mean shipped TO my US exporter and all around good guy ?😉
He does not have one.