State of the Militaria Hobby

Greetings, Having just returned from the Show of Shows (SOS), I have fielded several questions about the health of hobby. The economic doldrums, the instability of Mideast, rising unemployment only outpaced by rising fuel costs and a general sense of … More »

Since when is WWI a French thing?

A Dec. 14, 2010, article on the Wall Street Journal website (“Collectors Vie For World War I Memorabilia”) boldly proclaimed, “Whereas World War II or Napoleonic-era militaria are popular with collectors world-wide, enthusiasm for WWI memorabilia is predominantly a French … More »

February Kick Off

Greetings,    You didn’t think you would receive a Militar-E-News that didn’t have an obtuse Super Bowl reference, did you? After all, Military Trader and Military Vehicles Magazine are headquartered in Wisconsin. I have been telling people who write to me … More »

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FRANK BUCKLES

America’s last living World War I veteran turns 110 years old today. Frank Buckles,was born in Bethany, Missouri, on February 1, 1901. He enlisted in the United States Army at the beginning of America’s involvement in World War I in … More »

Collecting venue makes a strong return

Greetings, In the days before the Internet, it was easy to measure trends. Modern military collecting emerged from post-WWII gun shows and car swaps where military collectors went to find treasures. Before that point, the military collector lived in relative … More »