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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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"WWII War Paint"

Collectors Weekly is showcasing some absolutely stunning hand-painted bomber jackets from WWII, and the (often) kids who wore them:

“I’ve talked to people who, when they got back from the war, hung their jacket up in the closet because they wouldn’t dare ever wear it in public again,” says John Conway, co-author of Schiffer Books’ American Flight Jackets and Art of the Flight Jacket. “When you’re a teenager and you’re 3,000 miles from home, having a naked lady painted on the back of your jacket is not that big a deal. But you wouldn’t want your mom to see it.”

There's some interesting stuff on the personalization of military garb throughout the ages, too, and on "blood chits." Really, I learned a whole lot. And then I started reading about old condom tins and forgot to make dinner.



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raised amongst catalogs

Well, hellooooo, glider pilot Nesbit L. Martin! What's cookin', good lookin'?

carolinaclay

This is a very inspiring@y

area@twitter

Thank you, Nicole! This is absolutely fascinating.

iceberg

<3 WWII pinup girls.

area@twitter

@iceberg Agreed. (There's something about posing in a bomber jacket that's just sizzlin'.)

Rock and Roll Ken Doll

I recommend visiting the Walter Reed Army Medical Museum for more awesome old-timey condom stuff. And some amazingly gross stuff, too.

JanieS

Glider pilot Sam Altman appears to be a time-traveling Stifler from American Pie.

Valley Girl

Oh man I love old timey pocket tins but I did NOT know they made them for condoms. "Merry Widows"?!? Time for a new ebay saved search to pine over.

anachronistique

@Valley Girl Right? I want to find one and use it as a pill box.

Valley Girl

@anachronistique Totally! I looked on ebay and there seem to be a bunch of imitators who've screened the old vintage art onto newly-made cigarette cases. More affordable than the actual vintage stuff but not nearly as cool.

kellyography

Whoa, what a great read!

teaandcakeordeath

I'm way more excited about the condom tins than I expected to be. I nearly missed the sexy part on the one with the duck. Also I like that there was a brand called Salome, I assume it's for people who like to mix fore-play with classics.

Pyxis

@teaandcakeordeath That's how you know they are classy people.

ahlyne

Relevant to this article: My gentleman friend was on air crew for Desert Storm, he has a leather bomber jacket WITH a fabric blood chit sewn into the lining. It is quite awesome.

hoangthanh1

This man shot this woman when she was kneeling in front of him, begging him to stop. Today I was crying and running on the streets near my house because a man who said he loved me wouldn't let me go home. He did not hold me back with his hands, he held me bac Halong Bay Travel

its me

This is a great post and also has lots of advantage.
driverresetter

vincenzoll

I've shot handguns and rifles in the past, so I know what to expect. I found some excellent ones on GG&G AZ and it really looks exciting. However, I am not an American citizen, and the legality of buying a gun a permanent resident is a little murky to me. There's a lot of conflicting information on the internet about it.

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