Instead of selling it, why don't you donate it to the National WWII Museum in New Orleans? I'm sure they'd love to have such a complete WWII footlocker and they'd probably give you credit for it. Instead of just dressing up like a WWII soldier/sailor why don't you do something really heroic for hundreds of thousands of people to enjoy.
This is an incredible find, Matt. It would be perfect for someone's collection. Keep up the frequent posts--I'm always excited to see what you'll discover next.Nicholas
That is an amazing find...tangible history. You must have neen enthralled when sorting thru the contents. Thanks for sharing.
Matt,That is amazing! I assume you bought it? It's like a time capsule. Where in NH did you stumble upon it?Cheers,Jon
Wow. That trunk is a veritable time capsule.
that sweater is killer. #cptnhaddock hope you are gonna wear those shirts too. serious find.
I thoroughly enjoy your blog. However, as much as I love your offerings, your prices have me feeling pauperish. I can offer advice. Try the acquisitions buyer at Bobby's in Boston. Is store is the perfect home for this bounty. I see a retail front in your future. But first, try Bobby's.
Unbelievable! Your best find yet, im sitting here and salivating over this treasure chest, thanks for the heads up.
It's for sale? How much? That's so amazing to see all of the contents like that. I love the stencils used for the clothing and the chewed up pencil...
wow, that's pretty incredible stuff. so well preserved. nice pics.
Absolutely amazing. I would love to see it in the hands of his family.
I BOUGHT THIS IN A SHOP NEAR MT. WASHINGTON NH. THE SHOP ACQUIRED IT FROM THE FAMILY OF THE SAILOR. I LOVE THE IDEA OF DONATING IT (THANKS MPR). NOT MUCH FOR DRESS UP (SAILORS ANYWAY...)
Sell it to the A Continuous Lean guy... he could put the stencils to good use (same last name).
holy shit matt.. would you mind if i repost this? could help with the sale!
Oh please do consider the museum in NoLA which would be a wonderful resting place for this amazing find. It is wonderful to see it online, and I think even the photo collection would be a great purchase -- but that museum is outstanding and they don't have anything quite like this which makes the idea of an enlisted man suddenly so human.ca
I was in the Navy, and remember having to stencil my clothes, towels everything. this is a great find, yes donate it to the Navy Museum even the Smithsonian that is a great idea as it really is a snapshot in time, and gives a true look at the the regular life of a sailor.In the museum other can enjoy the find, even bring back memories for some.If you are loosing my money by donating the gift, I would be happy to offer to give you some money to make up for it. I feel donating would be the patriotic thing to do.
We just spent some time this Christmas with our family (husband - Dad - brother - all Navy) at the Navy Yard museum in DC. Fantastic! You really should keep this delightful find together, and that might be one place to ask about donations. (They had a great exhibit about WW2 in the Atlantic. My grandfather had served as a Marine on several merchant ship convoys, and I found myself getting very emotional talking about him with my 6-year-old son.)
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wow i can almost imagine how you felt as you opened the trunk for the first time... that fellow is now a part of you. life is pretty amazing: who would have guessed that he would reach across time like that?
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