A couple of years ago I came across an old tin box that belonged to my grandfather. My plan was to scan them into a digital archive, but I hadn’t actually got around to doing so until recently. The process has been absolutely surreal. Most of this stuff is from his time served in the Army during WWII. He fought and was wounded in action during the liberation of the Philippines.
Exploring the goods in this tin box was like cracking open a time capsule, there are so many fascinating pocket books from the U.S. War Department. It really gives you an idea of just how different things were 70 years ago. It’s pretty crazy to me that all this stuff survived for so long, in such great shape. I mean, these predate my father.
I tossed in my grandfather’s Army photo and Separation Record for a little context going forward. Just look at the guy, so suave, you just know he was a hit with the ladies back in the day.
Here’s the best of the bunch, a WWII Military Insignia Reference Guide circa 1943. Check out all those insignia man, so simple and effective. No gradients, 3D effects, holograms…zero garbage.