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 industry expert who, in short, advised us not to make our own products for our own safety and yours. We...

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

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’ve been putting up my Anderson shelter, planning my victory garden and pulling out all the books on food rationing. Oh, and for those of you who can’t find toilet paper, Grandma says the Sears catalog works...

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...
The WWII T-shirt part 1

The WWII T-shirt part 1

I’ve been asked a lot about the history and authenticity of our WWII reproduction t-shirts.    To answer all of your questions, I’ve decided to write a series of articles on the t-shirt during WWII.   What most of us don’t realize is that the t-shirt...

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