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Wool Hood

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

An aviator’s brown wool knit hood. The hood covers the whole head and neck except for the face, and is made in two pieces sewn together along the midline. It was worn in France by First Lieutenant David H. Backus, who served as a pilot with both the French Lafayette Escadrille, and the 49th U.S. Aero Squadron during World War I.

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Cavalry Jacket

Monday, September 15th, 2014

United States Army cavalry enlisted soldier’s dress uniform worn by Private Oscar V. Challander of the 12th Cavalry, Company H. The gold trimmed jacket is draped with a gold aiguillette, has gilt brass General Service buttons and a standing band collar with gilt brass crossed sabers pins at either side with “12″ and “H” in the angles.

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Engineman’s Hat

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

United States Navy first class engineman’s dress blue cap that was worn by Seth A. Brown of Saint Paul, Minnesota, who served on the Pacific fleet tug USS Pinola (AT-33) after World War I. The cap (.C) has a disc-shaped crown on a standing band that is faced with black ribbon and embroidered “U.S.S. PINOLA” in gold. Cap is lined with blue silk inked “S.A. BROWN”.

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Ambulance Corps Uniform

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Ambulance Corps Uniform

World War I United States Ambulance Corps pinstriped wool baseball uniform, consisting of a jersey and trousers. The jersey reads “AMBULANCE / USA” across the breast. The uniform was worn by Alva Asher, who enlisted in Proctor, Minnesota.

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U.S.S. Maumee Pennant

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

U.S.S. Maumee Pennant

Dark blue and gold felt pennant of the U.S.S. Maumee (AO-2), which was commissioned in 1916 and refueled destroyers at sea during World War I. The pennant reads “U S N [United States Navy] / U.S.S. MAUMEE”.

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US Army issue trench shovel

Monday, August 12th, 2013

US Army issue trench shovel

United States Army trench shovel with a pointed steel blade and a “T” shaped wood handle secured by riveted steel straps. The shovel is stamped “U.S.” on the blade strap and handle and has the remains of olive drab and reddish paint. Scratched on the blade is “ARGONE [sic] FOREST / NOVEMBER / 15th / 1918″. Stamped on the back of the handle strap is “370 CO A”. The 370th United States Infantry (part of the 93rd Division), was made up of African American troops from Illinois and fought under French command during World War I.

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Plaster bear

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Plaster bear

A plaster cast of a bear painted a copper color, made as an occupational therapy project by Erminio Belletinio of Saint Louis, Missouri, while at the U.S. 29th General Hospital, Fort Snelling, Minneapolis, Minnesota, circa World War I. Belletinio was a member of the U.S. Army 30th Division, 115th Field Artillery, Battery B.

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