What can you do if you’ve been ‘taken’?

“What can I do?” a reader asked me recently after explaining how he purchased a WWII German helmet. His dilemma stemmed from having bought the helmet sight-unseen. He had seen it advertised as a “WWII Afrikakorps painted helmet.” With no … More »

No Regrets

  I try to live a life without regrets. Indeed, I have narrowed them down to just three. That is, until earlier this week. When I read The Baltimore Sun headline, “Museum at Aberdeen Proving Ground won’t be reopening,” my … More »

Lessons from dear ol’ Dad

  Sitting at my parents’ breakfast table last weekend, my Dad (now 92 years old) looked at me and said, “Remember how you used to be embarrassed you had such ‘old’ parents?”  I chuckled as I replied, “You are still … More »

Fifty Years of ‘The Deuce’

What’s Next for Military Vehicle Fans? The venerable M35 had been a permanent fixture in the United States’ military  service for more than 50 years, when, in 2011, the last one had been removed from service. During that half century, … More »

Microscope on a Collector’s Habits

Years ago, collecting revolved around watching the mailbox. When the post carrier finally delivered a favorite dealer’s printed catalog, the devout collector would stop whatever he or she was doing, pour over the pages while simultaneously making their way to … More »

Spring is a time of Discovery

Each year around this time, collectors climb out of the war rooms, kick the garage doors open and breath a deep yawn as they shake winter from their laps and limbs. It is spring time… time to rediscover our historic … More »

Does money move you to collect?

When asked, “Why do you collect?” most of us will explain it is a love history and a respect of veterans that are the primary drivers of our hobby. It is only when someone scratches a little deeper, do aspirations … More »