Emerging Trench Art

The Armed Forces History Museum in Largo, FL has several pieces of trench art dating as far back as World War I.  The art is displayed throughout the museum in areas that are reflective of the time period of the piece itself.  The term trench art is generally used to refer to items – many which come from World War II - that were handmade by military soldiers and Prisoners of War, their families and even civilians.  The art is generally made from wood, metal, cloth or bone.  Quite a number of trench art items can still be found for purchase depending on the material and the time frame searched. Creations from Soldiers and Prisoners of War While the history of trench art can be traced back to Napoleonic prisoners of war, the concept gained increased exposure during World War I.  During this time frame (1914-1919), soldiers used various mediums of art, including chalk, wood and bone.  Some war soldiers used art as a form of therapy as they recuperated from their wounds.  Prisoners of war also contributed to the history of trench art, often biding their time and trading their finished product for cigarettes and other luxuries. From this group of trench art creators, cigarette lighters, matchbox covers and letter openers (sometimes inscribed) would be handcrafted using bullets and scrap metal.  Artillery shell cases were often intricately decorated for display purposes and bullet cartridge cases would be used to create finger rings.  Tobacco boxes and cigarette cases were also a popular trench art item, often being made using wood and metal.  These were not the only articles used in...

Military Board Games

The Armed Forces History Museum in Largo, FL currently has a WWII edition of the infamous game - Monopoly. Note:  Shipping prices reflect continental United States only.  If you would like a quote for shipping outside the US, call (727) 539-8371 ext. 110 or email kathy@armedforcesmuseum.com   World War II Monopoly This monopoly edition “We’re All in this Together” honors the brave men and women of WWII.  Events from the war such as Pearl Harbor, D-Day Normandy and Battle of the Bulge are represented.  As you play, the game provides opportunities to build support and rally troops, all while establishing Camps and Headquarters.   A truly unique piece of memorabilia.   General Game Information Each game comes complete with everything needed for 2 – 6 players. Recommended for adults and children 8 years and older 6 Collectible Pewter Tokens  [add_to_cart item=”WorldWarIIMonopoly1″ quantity=”user:1″ ]   Get your World War II version of Monopoly today.  Given the unique twist on this classic game, this historical version are sure to sell fast.    ...

WWII Posters, WWII Propaganda Posters

WWII posters were commissioned during WWII by branches of the United States Government. Some of these branches include the armed forces, recruiting bureaus, and the United States Treasury. This is only a select few of branches that used posters to get their point across during the war. Almost all authentic World War II posters are patriotic in nature. The intention of the posters was to stir up pro-American feelings, and help convince citizens to support the War movement.  Today, some of the top posters from this era are still highly recognizable and sought after by collectors.   Buying WWII Posters Buying World War II posters can be difficult if you don’t know what to buy.  There are hundreds if not thousands of variations that exist today but most are not in good condition.  This can have a dramatic effect on their value.  If you are looking to purchase a poster as an investment you have to look for ones in premium condition with minimal restoration.  In many cases authentic WWII posters can sell for thousands of dollars.  The key is to know which ones have been restored and how much of the poster has been altered. In some cases WWII posters have been reprinted and then altered to show to look like originals.  These items are placed in different chemicals and materials to make them look older than they really are.  Do not be fooled by these tactics.   Vintage WWII Poster Restoration If you own a vintage WWII poster and it is not in great condition you may want to consider having it restored.  Poster restoration is not...

Best Army Collectibles

United States Army collectibles are some of the most popular items among hobbyists. However, in order to make something a collectible it has to come from a special place in history. WWII army collectibles in particular are perhaps the most sought after of army collectibles due to the significant impact WWII had on our country and the world. Army collectibles range from helmets, badges, guns, medals, ID tags and photographs. Family members of fallen soldiers will often collect memorabilia as a memorial to their loved ones. Collectors have shown a form of appreciation by purchasing collectibles from the various World Wars as a way of remembering our countries great history. Army Collectible Badges Collectible Army badges are some of the most popular military collectibles.  There are badges that honor specific brigades that played important parts in the War. Some other badges that are very popular are those given to specific soldiers who performed a specific task and excelled at it.  Some great examples of this are a US Army Distinguished Rifleman Badge, US Army Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge, US Army General Badge and even an Army Bugler Hat Badge.  In most cases the older the badge is the more money it sells for. Collectible Army Helmets WWI and WWII Army helmets are also very popular collectibles.  These unique items can be worth a lot of money if they are authentic.  There are various kinds of helmets worn by the US military which give collectors a variety of items to choose from. Some of the most popular helmets include Steel US Army infantry helmets, WWII Army Air Corp helmets, and...