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by Herbert Booker
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Embroidered field marshal rank marks worn only by the Sultan of Royal Brunei Air Force, Army and Navy. 
Topics: Sultan of Brunei, Royal Brunei Air Force, Royal Brunei Army, Royal Brunei Navy, Rank Marks,...
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by Herbert Booker
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12 books authored by Ivan Gladstone Van Sertima, Guayanese born, 1935-2009, and a book published with his papers by Runoko Rashidi, who also co-authored an earlier book by Van Sertima. Both men wrote about Africans in Asia, Europe, the Caribbean and North America. These are the front covers of the books they wrote. Check the internet to see which are available in PDF format if you want to read some of them on-line. 
Topics: Ivan Gladstone Van Sertima, Runoko Rashidi, They Came Before Columbus, Blacks in Science, Nile...
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South African postage stamps during the reign of King George VI. In both Afrikaans and English.
Topics: Suid Afrika, South Africa, Postage Stamps, Posseel
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Photographs of naval officers of the 19th century along with regulations describing the uniforms of Navy and Marine Corps Officers to be worn.
Topics: United States Marine Corps, United States Navy, Uniforms and Insignia, USMC, USN, U.S.M.C., U.S.N.,...
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by Herbert Booker
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Uniform regulations for the Royal Navy in 1879 for officers, petty officers and seaman of the Fleet.
Topics: Admiral of the Fleet, Admiral, Vice Admiral, Rear Admiral, Commodore, Captain, Commander,...
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by Herbert Booker
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Insignia of the Army of Cuba from 1941 to 1959.
Topics: Republica de Cuba, Cuban Army, Army of Cuba, Rank Insignia
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Illustrations and descriptions of the uniforms and insignia worn by personnel of the Saint John Ambulance Brigade in the United Kingdom and the British Commonwealth, 
Topics: St.John Ambulance Brigade, S.J.A.B., United Kingdom, London England, Uniforms, Insignia, Ranks,...
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by Herbert Booker
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A United States Army issued song book which some soldiers learned to sing as individuals or as a group, especially when on a long march to keep their spirits up. 
Topics: Army of the United States, United States Army, Army Song Book, Song Book, World War Two, WW2, WWII,...
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Bailey, Biddle & Banks Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania produced a small catalogue of Army of the United States military insignia for commissioned officers in the First World War and later in the Second World War as well in sterling silver and gold plate whenever needed. B.B.B. created some of the finest insignia in addition to their creations of unique jewelry. 
Topics: Bailey Biddle & Banks Company, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, 1017, First World War, World War One,...
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by Herbert Booker
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Coloured German oicture postcards of the Great War.
Topics: German picture postcards, The Great War, World War One, First World War, WWI, WW1, Germany, German,...
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by Herbert Booker
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Equipment, insignia, uniforms and weapons of the Army of Argentina in the Second World War.
Topics: Argentina, Army of Argentina, Insignia, WW2, World War Two, Second World War, Ejercito de...
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A book filled with motion picture posters of African-American actors and actress in early silent film to the "talkies" in the 1930's onward. 
Topics: Beware!, Big Fella, Big Timers, Swing, Underworld, ZouZou, Two-Gun Man From Harlem, Sunday Sinners,...
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Rank insignia of F.A.R. (Fuerza Armadas Revolucionaria) Cuba in 1982.
Topics: Fuerza Armadas Revolucionaria, F.A.R., Cuba, Insignia, Cuban, 1982, Republica de Cuba, Uniformes
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by Herbert Booker
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Ivan Van Sertima
Topic: Ivan Van Sertima
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United States Marine Corps chevrons and uniform coats with chevrons and other insignia from the Spanish-American War of 1898 through the First World War up to 1937, prior to the Second World War of 1941-1945. 
Topics: U.S.M.C., United States Marine Corps, United States Marine, Chevrons, Private First Class, P.F.C.,...
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Israel Defence Force beanch and rank insignia work on the cap, the collars and lapels and sleeves. These badges changed since 1982 when first shown, especially those for I.D.F. warrant officers.
Topics: IsraelDefence Force, I.D.F., Insignia, Uniform, Cap badges, collar dogs, 1982
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by Herbert Booker
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A book of interesting facts about the United States of America during the First World War and not only a description, but illustrations of the insignia and uniforms of the Army of the United States, the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps and the Army Air Service.
Topics: Uncle Sam. Fact Book, Uncle Sam's Fact Book of the Great War, The Great War, First World War, World...
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Fourteen commemorative postage stamps showing the image of King George VI on these colourful stamps.
Topics: Sierra Leone, Africa, England, Postage Stamps, Great Britain, United Kingdom
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by Herbert Booker
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A sixty-three book about uniforms and insignia of the United States Armed Forces in World War Two.
Topics: Insignia of the services, United States Air Corps, United States Air Force, United States Army,...
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by Herbert Booker
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This is from a colour plate showing the Lithuanian Army rank insignia in 1918 to 1919. 
Topics: Lithuania, Lithuanian Army, Rank Insignia, Kepi, Insignia, Uniform, Uniforms
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Not only did U.S. postage stamps dealers mail out "approval" catalogues of stamps, dealers in Europe did likewise as stamps collecting was and is worldwide, even in France in the year 1911, believe it or not?
Topics: Postage Stamps, Stamp Collecting, Philatelic, Stamps Approval Booklets, Approval Catalogue
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by Herbert Booker
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Small booklet with a brown cover and fully illustrated with shoulder sleeve insignia, uniforms, etc.
Topics: A Guide to U.S.Army Insignia, Army of the United States, Second World War, United States Army, WW2,...
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A booklet about Portrex in the United States Colony of Puerto Rico during Operation Bootstrap that also. 
Topics: United States Armed Forces, United States Air Force, United States Army, United States Coast Guard,...
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A 7-1/4" x 4-1/2" catalog of United States Army, United States Coast, United States Marine Corps and United States Navy branch and rank insignia, sweetheart jewelry, etc. of the Second World War. 
Topics: United States Army Air Force, United States Army, United States Coast Guard, United States Marine...
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Egypt, Jordan and Turkey all issued at one time or another stamps for Palestine, as early as 1900 in the Ottoman Empire. 
Topics: Palestine, Palestinian, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Ottoman Empire, Postage, Stamps, Postage Stamps
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Coins and medals honouring Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie as well as fascist Ital medals in their occupation of Ethiopia.
Topics: Emperor Haile Selassie, Ethiopia, Abyssinia, Fascism, Italy
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(1943) Insignia, Medals & Decorations of the U.S. Navy, Marines & Coast Guard wall poster
Topics: United States Coast Guard, United States Marine Corps, United States Navy, United States Armed...
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These cap badges were made during the half-century reign of Queen Victoria of England to show the wearer's regiment. 
Topics: Regimental Cap Badges, Great Britain, United Kingdomn, Insignia, Royal Army, British Army, Uniforms...
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Rank insignia of the Army of Haiti as of 1982.
Topics: Haiti, Hayti, Haitian Army, Rank Insignia, 1982
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A Khaki covered cork lined pith helmet worn by marines during the summer in the States and year around in the South Pacific Theater of War when not wearing an M-1 steel helmet or other headgear. A darkened bronze anchor, eagle and globe ornament worn on the front.
Topics: United States Marines, U.S.M.C., U.S. Marines, Pith Helmet, World War Two, Second World War,...
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Decorations, Flags, Insignia, Medals and Orders of the Mongolian Air Force and the Mongolian Army.
Topics: Mongolian Air Force, Mongolian Army, Inner Mongolia, Mongolia, Khalikhan, Mong-Chalkhen Gol,...
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by Herbert Booker
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Branch and rank insignia of the British Army during the Victorian era.
Topics: Proficiency Badges, Trade Badges, Artillery, Cavalry, Infantry, Engineers, Chevrons Musician, Great...
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NOTA BENE: Many of these photographs of the First World War are very graphic as they also show deceased soldiers on the battlefield on the Western Front in France. All nations engaged in war had boy soldiers in the ranks. 
Topics: Austrian Army, Belgian Army, Canada Expeditionary Force, British Army, Dutch Army, German Army,...
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Worldwide postage features trains.
Topics: Trains, Locomotives, Railways, Railroads, Afghanistan, Benin, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cuba, Chad,...
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Mexican army insignia
Topics: Republica de Mexico, Estado Unido Mexicano, Mexico, Mexican Insignia, Insignia, Uniforms, Uniformes
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Ottmar Zieher printed hundreds of different picture postcards in colour such as sets about the other nations and their coins and postage stamps. These cards are hard-to-find and usually cost a lot and sometimes even money can acquire all of them. 
Topics: Ottmar Zieher, Imperial Germany, Picture Postcards, Coins, Postage Stamps, Stamps, Money, Austria,...
The rank of Chief Petty Officer was created in 1897 and the enlisted rank insignia (rates) changed and the design of the new rates now look much like they do today. The later regulations of 1905 slightly differed in minor detail of how the eagle was perched on a branch, this was also the last time colour plates appeared until 1941 for the last time, 
Topics: Regulations Governing the Uniform, U.S. Uniform Regulations, Navy of the United States, United...
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Henry Alexander Ogden was born in 1856 and died in 1936, he was one of the best, if not the best military artist who painted scenes of the U.S. Army from the American Revolution to 1902, prior to the First World War. These lithographic plate are from 1898 (Plate LXV) to 1902 (Plate XXIII). 
Topics: Army of the United States, Lithographic Plates, Henry Alexander Ogden, 1856-1936, Military Uniform...
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Rank marks adopted by the Army of the Philippines during the Spanish-American War of 1898. 
Topics: Ministro, Marshal, Captain-General, Kapitan-Heneral, Lieutenant General, Tenyente-Heneral, Major...
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Rosettes, ribbons and pins showing affiliation to various patriotic societies from the American Revolution, to the War of 1812, to the U.S. Civil War, the Indian Wars and the Spanish-American War of 1898.
Topics: Army & Navy Union, Army of the Philippines, Children of the American Revolution, Army of the...
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Dagwood Bumpsted in a 1902 United States Army dress blue uniform with Blondie dressed as the Statue of Liberty with their son Alexander dressed as a Boy Scout. 
Topics: Dagwood Bumpsted, Blondied Bumpsted, Alexander Bumpsted, cartoon, 1902 U.S. Army Dress Blue...
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P.T.Boat Squadron Insignia worn by naval personnel aboard Patrol Torpedo Boats like the skipper, Lieutenant John Fitzgerald Kennedy would have worn on PT-109 in the Second World War in the South Pacific theater.
Topics: Lieutenant John F. Kennedy, PT-109, Patrol Torpedo Boat Squadron Insignia, P.T.Boats, Insignia,...
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Yellow chevrons on scarlet background for the United States Marine Corps from 1929 to 1937. Number 4 is not shown, it is for a Master Technical Sergeant (Mess) and has three chevrons over three bars below and a crescent moon in the center. Numbers 28 and 29 not shown, No.28 is of drum sticks for a Drummer and No.29 is a trumpet for a Trumpeter. The latter two no not have a chevron over each specialty mark. 
Topics: Sergeant Major, Quartermaster Sergeant, Master Technical Sergeant, Paymaster Sergeant, Master...
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Postage stamps of Czarist Russia.
Topics: Russia, Tsar, Czar, Russian stamps, Postage Stamps, 1914, 1915, 1916, World War One, First World...
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Maps from World War One of Europe.
Topics: Western Front, Maps, Allied Expedtionary Force, Army, Armies, The Great War, World War One, World...
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Various cap and collar branch and rank insignia used by their armies.
Topics: Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Insignia, Army, Uniform, Islamic Nations, Islamic Countries, Islam,...
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With the compliments of IFTA Office, Washington, D.C. On the occasion of opening the King Fahd Mosque in Los Angeles 1419 H. - 1998 A.C.
Topics: Islam, Muslim, Mosque, Saudi Arabia, King Fahd, Islamic Affairs, In the Name of God Most Gracious...
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Gorget patches of the British Army in the First World War and other badges and emblems.
Topics: Gorgets, Gorget Patches, Badges, Emblems, Insigne, Insignia, British Army, First World War, Wortld...
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by Herbert Booker
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Japanese paper money.
Topics: Japan, Japanese. Nipon, Japanese Yen, Paper Money, Banknotes
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by Herbert Booker
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Uniforms and insignia of the Navy of the United States and the Army of the United States in World War One. 
Topics: Navy of the United States, Army of the United States, U.S.N., United States Navy, Navy of the...
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An 8-page brochure showing post Second World War Army & Navy Surplus, when one could still get real military equipment, boots, shoes, clothing, etc. in 1953. 
Topics: Korean War 1950-1953, Post-Second World War, Post-World War Two, Post-War, Army & Navy Surplus,...
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Beautiful Italian Postage Stamps 
Topics: Italia, Roma, Italy, Rome, Postage Stamps, Italiano, Italian
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Uniforms and insignia of women in two world wars who volunteered to serve in the auxiliaries so the men could go to the front to help win the struggle to keep Great Britain and Europe free from their enemies.
Topics: Queen Anne's Royal Army Nursing Corps, Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, W.A.A.C.
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Three-inches diameter cotton, felt or wool cloth rank disks worn on the upper right sleeve of the coat or shirt to denote individual was promoted from Private to Private First Class, ranking below a Lance Corporal, Corporal or a Sergeant. Either used the symbol of their branch or their arm, i.e., Artillery (crossed cannons), Cavalry (crossed sabers) of the Infantry (crossed rifles). The P.F.C. rank was replaced in 1920 with a single chevron. 
Topics: Army of the United States, United States Army, U.S.Army, Insignia, Rank badges, P.F.C., Private...
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by Herbert Booker
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The United States Army created a make-believe enemy for training purposes. They wore cotton summer khaki uniforms dyed green and made up ranks as shown with major's gold oakleaves, crossed cavalry swords, etc. An M-1 helmet liner with a shaped piece wood attached to the top to change its appearance. Years later Aggessor Forces wore Soviet style collar and epaulet insignia. 
Topics: Agressor Forces, Defense Aggressor, Uniforms and Insignia, Insignia and Uniforms, Army
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by Herbert Booker
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Sheets pf old postage stamps of the late 19 century to the early 20th century. Mostly European issued.
Topics: Postage Stamps, Stamp Hoard, Stamps
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Evolution of United States Navy cuffs and collars from 1841 to 1948 when finally they remained the same afterward. Ranks of enlisted men was shown on the cuffs with one to three stripes, usually and one to three stripes on the collar if any, some with and some without added stars. Often cuffs and collars were worn and later approved through orders. 
Topics: Navy of the United States, United States Navy, Navy collars, Navy cuffs, Insignia, Insigne, Seaman,...
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Illustrations of Army & Navy ranch and rank insignia printed in San Francisco, California in 1917.
Topics: Army & Navy Insignia, Army of the United States, Navy of the United States, United States Army,...
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These Canadian postage stamps were issued under the reigns of Queen Victoria and under Kings Edward VII and George V of England.
Topics: Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, King George V, Dominion of Canada, Canada, Postage Stamps
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Fred Harvey Restaurants provided this ephemera complimentary to the patrons which showed the insignia of the Air Corps, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and the Navy of the United States in the Second World War.
Topics: Fred Harvey Restaurants, Air Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, Insignia, Map,...
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Naval uniform regulations for the uniform of officers, but not for the seamen and petty officers.
Topics: Navy of the United States, Regulations Governing the Uniform of Commissioned Officer of the Navy of...
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A blue patch with the numbers 18 and the old style blue circle with a white star and a red ball in the center of that star with yellow wings. Could be reproductions? Ghost division were created in the Second World War to make their enemies think they had more troops than they really possessed. 
Topics: United States Army Air Corps, United States Army Air Force, United States Army, Army Air Corps,...
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United States Navy Uniform Regulations for 1941 with  14 colour plates of the medals and ribbons. This was the last set of navy regs to have colour plates!
Topics: United States Navy Uniform Regulations 1941, Medals, Ribbons, USN, USMC
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by Herbert Booker
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An abbreviated 20-pages version of the 475-pages paperback book, Emphasis is on the Tests, Badges and Uniform of the Air Cadets of America.
Topics: Air Cadets of America Handbook for Young Men, Air Cadets, Air Cadets of America, History of...
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Uniforms and insignia worn by commissioned officers, warrant officers, chief petty officers, petty officers and seamen in the Navy of the United States of America in 1923.
Topics: Navy Uniform Regulations, Navy of the United States, Uniforms, Insignia, Medals, Ribbons, Sword,...
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I.D.F. (Israel Defence Force) shoulder tabs, branch and rank insignia worn berets, caps and on the collar. Charts from 1949 and 1967 of the insignia of the I.D.F.'s Air Force, Army and Navy. 
Topics: I.D.F., Israel Defence Force, Insignia, Ribbons, Medals, Rank Insignia, Branch Insignia, uniforms,...
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Bernera Islands, Scotland and Sweden postage stamps on ancient Egypt.
Topics: Bernera Islands, Scotland, Sweden, Postage Stamps, Egytpology
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by Herbert Booker
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Rank insignia worn on the lower sleeves for officers and upon the upper sleeves near the shoulder by non-commissioned officers and privates in the army of Portugal. The Portuguese Army coat-of-arms is also shown!
Topics: Portuguese Army Rank Insignia, Army of Portugal, Rank Insignia, Field Marshal, General, Lieutenant...
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by Herbert Booker
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A large green cover postage stamp album that contained from 1863 to 1920.
Topics: Postage Stamp Album, German, Germany, Stamp Collections
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by Herbert Booker
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The Civil Air Guard is the British equivalent of the United States of America's Civil Air Patrol. Their insignia of rank and uniforms are patterned after the Royal Air Force.
Topics: Civil Air Guard, United Kingdom, Great Britain, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland,...
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Eire Army Insignia. Irish military badges.
Topics: Eire, Ireland, Irish Army, Uniforms, Insignia
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Buttons worn on the uniforms of Union Army soldiers in the U.S. Civil War of 1861-1865.
Topics: Union Army, U.S.Army, Army of the United States, United States Army, U.S.Civil War, The War of...
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by Herbert Booker
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Rank marks and insignia of commissioned and warrant officers and enlisted personnel of the United States Coast Guard.
Topics: United States Coast Guard, U.S.C.G. Rank Marks, U.S.C.G. Insignia, Admiral, Vice Admiral, Rear...
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A booklet about the role of the United States Armed Forces with two pages showing the insignia of the army and the navy. 
Topics: United States Air Force, United States Army, United States Coast Guard, United States Marine Corps,...
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A fold-out map of the United States of America was given free to customers of the Fred Harvey Restaurants during the War in Korea from 1950 to 1953. In 1942 they gave out free postcards also showing insignia and decorations of members of the U.S.Armed Forces. These are harder to acquire than the World War Two postcards, believe it or not? 
Topics: Map of the United States, Air Force, Army, Coast, Guard, Navy, Insignia, Map, Decorations, Insignia...