Book Review: Survival & Rescue Equipment of WWII

In my quest to reproduce some of the AAF rescue rations, I picked up the two-book set by Dustin Clingenpeel called Survival and Rescue Equipment of WWII. The books are kind of pricey. I picked them up on Amazon for roughly $65 each. That said, there’s a bevy of...

Soldiers say “We want Camels!”

Lucky Strike may be the quintessential WWII cigarette, but through two world wars, just as many soldiers were willing to walk a mile for their Camels. First introduced in 1913, Camel, along with Chesterfield and Philip Morris, would become Lucky Strike’s biggest...

More about our metal tubes

We get a lot of questions about why we don’t fill our own metal tubes. Here’s the answer. The FDA’s jurisdiction We’ve consulted with a food and cosmetic industry expert who, in short, advised us not to make our own shaving cream, toothpaste,...

Lifebuoy’s Life-Saving Soap

One of the biggest comments we get about our Lifebuoy soap is that it doesn’t “smell the same.” The simple answer is that Lifebuoy is no longer a carbolic soap. The real answer is more interesting and starts in the mid-1800s. Handwashing Works! It...

Research List

We have a huge library of research books to pull from, so this isn’t a complete list, but we’ll try to keep it updated with our favorites. General GI Books Individual Gear And Personal Items Of The Gi In Europe, 1942-1945 GI Collector’s Guide: Army...
SHH.  It’s a military secret: Condoms from WWI to WWII

SHH. It’s a military secret: Condoms from WWI to WWII

THE DEVIL’S TOOLS The Comstock Act of 1873 considered condoms obscene and illicit and made it a federal offense to advertise, distribute across state lines, or mail any contraceptive devices. Some states upped the ante, making it illegal to even talk about the...

Coronavirus Update

July 5th Update: Carrying gas masks everywhere has become a way of life. But you already knew that. The beaches are closed to civilians, which, now that we’re not in direct reach of the enemy, has grown frustrating. We’ve received a pamphlet in the mail...

V-Mail: The WWII way to write a letter

During the war, the British Post Office introduced the British Airgraph Service for messaged between servicemen and civilians.  Each message was written onto a special form that was given an id number and photographed onto microfilm.  The microfilm was flown to its...
V-mail:  Fountain Pens during the War

V-mail: Fountain Pens during the War

One of the most common things that I get questions about when in the store is fountain pens and ink.  What is it? How do they work?  Where can I buy the ink?   In fact, we often have to rescue our pens from children (and parents) who try in vain to...
1940’s Shaving for Women

1940’s Shaving for Women

Chalk it up to Harper’s Bazar, who in May of 1915 introduced the latest in sheer and sleeveless gowns.  The first ever ad for women’s shaving instructed “Summer Dress and Modern Dancing combine to make necessary the removal of objectionable...
How to Shave with a Safety Razor – A Proper 1940’s Shave

How to Shave with a Safety Razor – A Proper 1940’s Shave

No British, GI, or German impression is complete without a proper 1940’s shave. If you’re not an every day safety razor shaver, there are plenty of websites that recommend it.  Your average safety razor blade runs you less than 50 cents, at least...
Easter during WWII

Easter during WWII

Easter during WW2 was not the holiday and chocolate-fest it is today. The Religious aspect was still the important thing, the celebration of Spring, new births, new beginnings, after a long winter was particularly apt.   Lent became harder to observe, but also...

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