Tuesday, April 22, 2014

WW2 USN N4 WITH ARTWORK











During WW2 composite sqdn 41 was operating from USS Makin Island (CVE93) the squadron's patch was designed by Disney's studio and depicts a boxing gloves wearing vulture carrying a torpedo......                                                                                                                                                                                             C
omposite squadrons( VC ) were operating from small carrier( CVE ).The CVE was an escort carrier built, in the beginning, on an oiler or merchant-ship hull. They had the smallest flight decks and slowest top speed of all the U.S. carriers. There were also far more of them commissioned during World War II than any other carrier type.A composite squadron at the time, by the way, was called that because it operated more that one type of airplane, e.g. fighters as well as bombers. They came to existence because the small number of airplanes they could carry didn't justify the bureaucracy associated with two or three squadrons and an air group commander...... 





Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A MILE IN MY SHOES part8....40's THOROGOOD BOOTS







Weinbrenner Shoe Company was established in 1892 ......
At 27 Albert Weinbrenner  starts a business with partner Joseph Pfeifer repairing and selling boots and shoes out of a storefront in Milwaukee.Wi ,calling their new venture: "Weinbrenner and Pfeifer." Their specialty:"work boots".
In 1900 After eight years in the repair and sales business the partners decide to go into manufacturing and purchased the Knoll Shoe Company for $1,500. The new company is named:"Albert H. Weinbrenner Company". Manufacturer of military, work and uniform footwear,Weinbrenner  is better known nowadays for their Thorogood brand first introduced in 1918 .Thorogood has now grown into the company's premiere collection....... 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

THE CONVOY CAP ....A PAPA NUI SPECIAL EDITION















Cargo is king ! and the PAPA knows it.For that reason,PAPA's HQ decided it was safer for our boys most needed supplies,to be sailed out onboard the Captain's own schooner,making this "life line" less of a target than your usual" Liberty ship"convoy.Few days earlier the Captain and his crew received a little surprise from the red cross : a beautifully hand knitted beanie that will surely keep them warm while heading to their secret destination .......

Thursday, March 20, 2014

THE MIGHTY JOHN HENRY


Because it's not only about clothes at the "riveted  HQ" i've decided to pull this one from the shelves and share its great illustrations .




John Henry is a larger-than-life folk hero a "steel driving" man hammering a steel drill into rock to make holes for explosives to blast the rock away. 
Bradford's "John Henry" is set in the late 1800's.John is a steamboat roustabout who goes up and down the Mississippi, from town to town, job to job and his run-ins with women, bosses, liquor, cocaine, bad guys and gambling men seem to never end ....
A colorful  cast of characters,including Stagger Lee, Poor Selma, and a character popping up in strange places and referred as "a nigger named Sam" make this a very amusing story and a great read.... A true superhero whose demise comes in an unexpected way. I won't ruin the end for you but if you find this book, grab it ......




 this first edition from 1931 features the woodcuts of J.J. Lankes [1884-1960]
Lankes  is unfortunately almost forgotten today ,he was a talented artist who worked exclusively in the East, and his woodcuts are mostly of scenery and structures. Lankes is arguably the first genuine woodcut artist this country produced.
Close friend of poets and writers,he was commissioned on a regular basis to illustrate books .Lankes is also the author of the first reliable and comprehensive book on woodcutting published in North America.....