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Ulsterman

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  1. While there were a number of official BSUSA awards for wartime service, this is the first time I have seen an award -probably a local Council-or maybe even a state Council-award. Allegedly awarded for assistance during the great flu epidemic if 1919, when Boy Scouts helped as Red Cross assistants-or were attached to National Guard militias in some cities (acting as runners, sandwich makers, etc.) this medal is new to me. Anyone else got an idea? By the style I would guess 1930s-50s. Anyone?

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  2. .....and as with Weimar, the Falklands have now become a business opportunity for trophy/ medal makers eager to expand out of the Litte League/ school perfect attendance trophy/award market. Look at these offered for sale at this very moment! AND worn by vets marching on Malvinas Day!

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    Much to my surprise- whilst snouting around the internet I came across photos from an album I now own!

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    Another interesting fun fact is that if one googles " Medalles Malvinas" and makes one tiny little spelling error and clicks "images" you find some very odd pictures of glittery nude teenage vampirettes illustrating some sort of story about a sexy vampire on the islands during the war! The world has gone mad.

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  3. The Munich City Museum is well worth the money and the antique shops at the exit contain a plethora of obscure and sometimes wildly underpriced ephemera. I picked up a postcard photo of a jr. NCO with the Bavarian Sanitatsmedal ! For 1€  ! This is the remains of the 300 photos I took-which used up all my memory. I could have easily taken a hundred more. 

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  4. HUGE questions! There is an OMSA article about this topic and the OMSA Bronze Star monograph goes into great detail. Bottom line is -yeah-big differences. During the war specific machines were used and some collectors can actually tell which operator engraved the names by their 'writing' . War time issues tended to be for KIA or VIPs only.

    the vast majority of these were awarded unnamed and lots of vets later had them privately engraved. I did my Dad and Uncles in the 1980s at our local trophy shop. 

    Fakers of course try to augment unnamed pieces wit names, but honestly a guy like Carson was brace,but obscure. Finding the details of his award would take real work and would cost more to research than to engrave. The " profit" is not there-at least for BS or GC  or Merit medals. 


  5. Pretty cool World War One exhibit at the Bavarian Armee Museum-which has a great archive, but unfortunately always seems to be only 40% open as they endlessly renovate and repair the buildings. Well worth a visit and cheap too. Also the " Friends of the Museum" always has a book sale of cool stuff. I pick up obscure IMG_1583.thumb.JPG.0aea9729a6256bbd1044298ec17d6118.JPGRegimental histories there for 5 €.  Can a moderator please turn the sideways pictures right way up please? My iPhone does odd things.

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