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Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by fenoc, Jan 24, 2013.

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  1. fenoc

    fenoc Member

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    What is it ? 2 3/8" x 1 1/2"x 3/4 wide. 'Strike for Liberty' written under eagle.U.S.Army on opposite side & American Military Novelty Co. Grand Haven ,Mich. on top. Any help would be appreciated. Ken Darroch
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  2. MTA Tom

    MTA Tom Active Member

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    It's a cover for a box of matches.

    Another example from the American Military Novelty Co., Grand Haven, Michigan, dug up in northern Michigan:

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    A WWI German version:

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    http://www.ebay.com/itm/World-War-I-German-Gott-Mit-Uns-Match-Box-Cover-Holder-Brass-Metal-WWI-/121045940799?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c2ee67a3f

    And a WWII Britsh one:

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    http://www.ebay.com/itm/WWII-Brass-BRITISH-War-Relief-Society-Metallic-Gold-Enamel-Match-Box-Cover-/380534996275?_trksid=p2045573.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111000%26algo%3DREC.CURRENT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D27%26meid%3D5126973790852914756%26pid%3D100033%26prg%3D1011%26rk%3D2%26sd%3D300772499293%26
     
  3. crusha

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    It's a bauble AFL-CIO handed out to troops, during their ill-fated attempt to organize the U.S. Army into America's first public-employee union.


    Somehow, though, "Strike for Liberty" apparently didn't have the same impact as "Kill a Commie for Mommy," so they turned their sights toward the buggy-whip industry.


    ...but that's a story for another time.
     
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