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pickingupbones's loves12 of 529oddds and endsWWII wartime wooden tank toy. Unknown maker.
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    Posted 9 years ago

    scottvez
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    This is an interesting trench art aluminum box-- most likely made to hold cigarettes. It measures 4 3/4" X 3" and is a little less than 1/2" thick.

    The top is period engraved with service locations from 1944 to 1945.

    The box is also engraved to a US Army soldier: "William A. Rutherford" along with his service number.

    I have not been unable to determine the soldiers unit and would like to find it. Rutherford was African American, which I thought would make the search a little easier, but I still haven't had success.

    Any thoughts or help is appreciated.

    Reproduction of these images in any form is not authorized.

    scott

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    Comments

    1. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Chris--any thoughts on this soldier's unit?

      scott
    2. Chrisnp Chrisnp, 9 years ago
      Hmmmm...I'll see if I have anything when I get home.
    3. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks manikin and bones.

      scott
    4. Manikin Manikin, 9 years ago
      Your welcome Scott . Interesting letter to Martin Luther King by a William A Rutherford from abroad ? Could it be same person ? Maybe as he is trying to get involved in Martin Luther Kings Dream in Europe . Just a possibility anyway :-)
      http://www.thekingcenter.org/archive/document/letter-william-rutherford-mlk#
    5. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks for looking bellin.

      scott
    6. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks manikin-- I don't know.

      I don't have any information that suggests that he was in Europe beyond WW2 era. Could be, but it not that unusual of a name.

      scott
    7. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks petey and walksoftly.

      scott
    8. mikielikesigns2 mikielikesigns2, 9 years ago
      It almost looks like he was tranfering a image from a tatto0 off of a fellow soldier, or himself onto the box. At least the banner part .of it. Its killer though, no matter what the source.
    9. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks for looking and commenting mikie.

      scott
    10. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Thanks tom.

      scott

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