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Picture Post Cards

As a collector of military medals and a variety of other things I like to go to antique shops, malls and shows. Usually there will be one or more dealers with large selections of picture post cards which can be a gold mine for military collectors. Soldiers in uniform can be found pictured in great detail showing weapons, medals, insignia, equipment and regalia. If you can name it, you can probably find it on a post card. Military regalia includes flags and flags on postcards is a popular theme with postcard collectors. Most flag cards usually have American flags. Once in a while however a rare flag will turn up amid all the common stars and stripes like on the card illustrated below. The officer is seated next to the flag of the Third Oregon National Guard Regiment.