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    Posted 1 year ago

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    We have had this old "Military Footlocker" for years. I am not sure if it is real or a reproduction, but we like it. I have no idea how old it is. It is made from line boards, not plywood, so I am guessing pre WWII.

    Is this an original or reproductions?

    Mystery Solved
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    1. bschrempp, 1 year ago
      I am also wondering about the age, when is this footlocker from?
    2. greendog greendog, 1 year ago
      Hard to say for sure but I would guess early military of some kind, more around WWI, can't make out the print other than K. G. Kincaid, and what looks like HOSP, possibly hospital, definitely not a reproduction no need to reproduce this type of box.
    3. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 1 year ago
      In my experience the unpainted ones were used to ship your equipment. I had one into the late 1960's for equipment and a painted one for barracks. At some point late 60's I had to turn in the one I had like this and they issued me a much, much larger one made of metal and on wheels. I still have it on my front porch. The only wooden part is the plywood top. Each time you deployed you had to spray paint the top white and mark your new destination. When I say this is larger, I could get in it curl up and lay down with room above me. I had some rather out of the ordinary equipment that was better kept in metal that was lockable.
    4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 1 year ago
      ""Some rather out of the orginary equip." I've got it, Fhr ! Band equipment. LOL !!!
    5. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 1 year ago
      Correct BB2 - I played percussion instruments. You guessed it.
    6. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 1 year ago
      Percussion. Should have guessed that too.LOL
    7. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 1 year ago
      BB2 wouldn't want anything to detonate prematurely.
    8. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 1 year ago
      That's the name of that game, fhr !
    9. OlofZ OlofZ, 1 year ago
      Did some googling... Could have belonged to a Major "Kenneth George Kincaid" Hospital Inspector of the US Army Sanitary Corps. Enlisted 1898, deceased 1956, San Francisco.
    10. OlofZ OlofZ, 1 year ago
      It does match with the sanitary corps, which inspected hospitals. The abbreviation on the lid is probably Master Hospital Inspector. Also, I think it says "med" below in writing on the front.
    11. bschrempp, 1 year ago
      Thanks for the help in identifying this. I do believe it is a per WWII locker due to the fact that it is made from Pine lumber and not plywood. Talking with a few others, WWII and later they were painted green, but pre WWII were often not painted.
    12. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 1 year ago
      Glad you solved it to your satisfaction. I can't speak for when they were made but I can certainly say how long they were used. Going from this to metal was one of the best moves ever. You are correct, barracks foot lockers were plywood painted OD green and the exact width of the end of an Army bunk where it was placed. I'm pleased you solved it with a few others.

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