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    Soviet militaria - particularly caps and uniforms.
  1. Colleagues: I am pleased to announce the availability of the expanded second edition of my book: “Soviet Uniform Visor Cap Markings.” This book remains in 6”x9” full color paperback format but now has 135 pages (vice 1st Edition 93 pages); enabling coverage of additional manufacturers and inclusion of more and higher resolution images. Anyone wanting to own a copy can either order it by contacting me directly at randallstewart@comcast.net or through Amazon.com or one of its European counterparts (Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.it, Amazon.fr, Amazon.de and Amazon.es). Price from me is $27.99 with free delivery via media mail within the US; or actual postage cost out-of-country. You can see additional information and pictures from inside the book on my site at: http://www.undertheredstar.com/Book.html
  2. Friends and colleagues: It is with pleasure I announce my new book: Soviet Uniform Visor Cap Markings; which documents the different manufacturers’ labels and interior markings used by Soviet industry on military and civilian uniform visor caps of the Cold War period (1945-1991). Sourcing original Soviet documentation and reflecting personal observation of hundreds of caps, this book provides the first comprehensive illustration of such markings in any language. Examples of all markings are pictured, Russian/Ukrainian text and abbreviations are explained and a full English translation of each provided. Histories of the primary headdress manufacturers, along with known dates of use for each manufacturer’s label/stamp variant are also recorded. Since interior markings are often heavily worn and largely illegible, this book will help collectors date and fully identify the origin of their caps. And because interior markings serve as a primary means of determining cap authenticity, the reader can more readily detect fakes and reproductions. Anyone wanting to own a copy of this unique 93-page, 6 x 9 inch format, paperback book can either order it from my website: www.undertheredstar.com or purchase it directly from Amazon.com or one of its European counterparts (Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.it, Amazon.fr, Amazon.de and Amazon.es). Cost is $24.99 or its national equivalent. Samples of interior pages can also be seen on my website.
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    Visor cap cardboard strips?

    I agree with Mathomhaus - I've handled hundreds of Soviet era caps including many purchased directly from Soviet uniform clothing stores and the strips were often (but not always) inserted at the cap factory (these sometimes had a "check-mark" or initials by an inspector as well). However, they were easily lost or removed and don't indicate anything (date, location, etc) by themselves. Interesting that some folks reportedly used these for sizing purposes - I assumed they were just for protecting the forehead from the "pointy bits" of the cockades pinned through the band. BTW: I am new to this club and look forward to discussing Soviet uniform topics with members. I intend this year to work on a book on Soviet visor caps based on my website: www.undertheredstar.com and may seek some of your help in clearing up some points before putting them to paper.