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by JV Puleo
Sat Mar 08, 2014 8:55 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Unusually blunt WWI poster
Replies: 30
Views: 7863

Re: Unusually blunt WWI poster

Pat, Try reading a GA Henty story. Henty was the archetypal 19th century adventure writer whose books were aimed at boys in the 12-16 age group. Even given that the books were aimed at what we would call the "educated" classes, they display a breadth of vocabulary almost unimaginable with ...
by JV Puleo
Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:32 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Unusually blunt WWI poster
Replies: 30
Views: 7863

Re: Unusually blunt WWI poster

I believe it was a reference to height and weight and was understood as such. There were plenty of illiterates in the army, so it doesn't apply to education. We just see it differently... and that is more a reflection on our sensitivities than theirs. We EXPECT to see language that dances around any...
by JV Puleo
Tue Feb 18, 2014 11:22 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Rifle I.D.
Replies: 14
Views: 3121

Re: Rifle I.D.

Not much. They aren't rare and nearly all are modified and refinished. These are important points to a collector. If you found one in the original caliber, with the original sight, in excellent, un-refinished condition it might fetch $500. Generally, they are $150 to $250 depending on how much someo...
by JV Puleo
Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:09 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Rifle I.D.
Replies: 14
Views: 3121

Re: Rifle I.D.

The arms that Stalin sent to Spain are relatively well documented, albeit not in traditional "gun books." The best secondary source is a book titled "Arms for Spain" (I forget the author's name). This book contains egregious errors resulting from the authors complete lack of know...
by JV Puleo
Sun Feb 16, 2014 2:27 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Rifle I.D.
Replies: 14
Views: 3121

Re: Rifle I.D.

Aside from arms captured during the SAW, nearly all of the Spanish Arms in the US arrived via a massive purchase by interarmco in the 1960s, when the Franco government disposed of nearly all of its obsolete arms. Many of these had been refinished... so that arms such as the M1916 are frequently foun...
by JV Puleo
Thu Feb 06, 2014 4:32 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: The Centennial of World War One
Replies: 31
Views: 8579

Re: The Centennial of World War One

"The most minor example of that, which still would be notable, is that young girls would pin men with feathers if they were notably remiss in volunteering. It happened to one of my great uncles... and wasn't justified at all as he was working in a shipyard when the war began and went readily w...
by JV Puleo
Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:33 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Sabers
Replies: 10
Views: 2758

Re: Sabers

You need to get a copy of Confederate Edged Weapons and/or the Photographic Supplement to the same by the late William Albaugh. Its a bit dated now and new information has come to light but it is still a good starting point and the added benefit is that Albaugh did his collecting before the market w...
by JV Puleo
Mon Feb 03, 2014 10:02 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: The Centennial of World War One
Replies: 31
Views: 8579

Re: The Centennial of World War One

I suppose its a product of my age, but I still find it hard to think of WWI as being very long ago... My great uncles were all still working when I knew them. I don't think of the Civil War as being very far back either, at least partly because my grandmother, and her brothers, knew plenty of CW vet...
by JV Puleo
Mon Feb 03, 2014 8:45 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: The Centennial of World War One
Replies: 31
Views: 8579

Re: The Centennial of World War One

My four great uncles all served in WWI... 3 in the Army and one in the Navy. My grandfathers were both too old at the time... My dad also had a cousin who was badly gassed. His doctor ordered him to move to a drier climate or die (this would have been in the late 20s or early 30s) When I met him, in...
by JV Puleo
Thu Jan 30, 2014 11:19 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: The sharpening of sabres
Replies: 19
Views: 7757

Re: The sharpening of sabres

The Light Cavalry Saber... a.k.a. the M1860 (which is actually a misnomer) remained in service until 1913 although it wasn't made after the end of the CW. There was no significant sale of them as surplus... in fact, if you have one, it was almost certainly issued to someone at some time and could ea...
by JV Puleo
Sat Jan 04, 2014 7:52 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Epaulettes - US
Replies: 3
Views: 1658

Re: Epaulettes - US

Brian is quite right... European made for the American market (probably either in England or France, both of which were big exporters of military fancy goods). They look silvered so they are probably infantry although Dragoons also wore silver lace. However, there weren't many militia Dragoons while...
by JV Puleo
Tue Dec 31, 2013 4:11 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Frontier Army Gatling use
Replies: 15
Views: 3866

Re: Frontier Army Gatling use

Pat... it has to be a hoot. I just looked it up on wiki... it takes place in 1890 and one of the characters is GA Custer! Wow... someone slept through history.
Happy New Year
jp
by JV Puleo
Wed Nov 06, 2013 4:19 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: Custer the hero of Gettysburg?
Replies: 18
Views: 4525

Re: Custer the hero of Gettysburg?

In many ways Custer reminds me of Murat, the King of Naples and Napoleon's brother-in-law. In his day, he was considered the most dashing and effective cavalry commander alive... went in for flamboyant uniforms and was all "have at 'em". That was all well and good when he was pursuing an a...
by JV Puleo
Mon Sep 23, 2013 10:49 am
Forum: Archive
Topic: Why the horse meat ban?
Replies: 12
Views: 3337

Re: Why the horse meat ban?

... Pope Gregory was clearly aware he was sending missionaries into pagan country, and it seems that a lot of what he was doing was trying to break pagan customs and practices where possible. Some speculate that this provided the basis of the horse meat ban, as some pagans apparently sued horse mea...
by JV Puleo
Thu Sep 12, 2013 5:12 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: Impressive long reach from antiquity
Replies: 11
Views: 2482

Re: Impressive long reach from antiquity

I wasn't suggesting that the notion of romantic love didn't exist in ancient times. It certainly did... but that it was far less important to the institution of marriage in the past than it is today. The great medieval love ballards all presume that the relationship is extra-marital. The affair betw...
by JV Puleo
Thu Sep 12, 2013 11:12 am
Forum: Archive
Topic: Impressive long reach from antiquity
Replies: 11
Views: 2482

Re: Impressive long reach from antiquity

For all of antiquity, and most of modern times, marriage was a property arrangement between families. The whole concept of "romantic love" is very modern... probably only since the middle of the 19th century. In fact, the medieval notion of "love" implies strictly illicit love......
by JV Puleo
Wed Sep 11, 2013 12:01 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: Impressive long reach from antiquity
Replies: 11
Views: 2482

Re: Impressive long reach from antiquity

I'm reminded of a very PC history book shown to me by a friend a few years ago... among other tortured statements it included "the Romans pursued an aggressive foreign policy..."

jp
by JV Puleo
Sun Aug 25, 2013 7:41 pm
Forum: Archive
Topic: Off Topic: Horse show and motorcycle meet, 1910
Replies: 5
Views: 1565

Re: Off Topic: Horse show and motorcycle meet, 1910

The demographics of automobile ownership changed radically in the period 1908-1912. The auto went from being seen as a toy of the wealthy to a practical and useful machine. In the popular mind, Ford gets the lion's share of the credit for this but my own feeling is that it was inevitable and that ot...
by JV Puleo
Tue Aug 20, 2013 8:14 am
Forum: Archive
Topic: Sherman visits Yellowstone
Replies: 15
Views: 3602

Re: Sherman visits Yellowstone

Despite the fact that the court martial seems to have been a major source of entertainment for 19th century officers, the 7th was torn by dissension and Custer appears to have done nothing to alleviate this... in fact, it certainly looks as if he actively encouraged it. This, in itself, identifies h...
by JV Puleo
Mon Aug 19, 2013 9:00 am
Forum: Archive
Topic: Sherman visits Yellowstone
Replies: 15
Views: 3602

Re: Sherman visits Yellowstone

I never knew that Custer belonged to the 6th. I'm no admirer of Custer and I don't think the 7th were "elite" in any way worth mentioning, at least compared to the other frontier regiments. But, how someone could get that wrong baffles me... given all the hype, lore, legend and associated ...