Thursday, February 28, 2008

Vintage Navy WWII U.S. SERVICE WRITING KIT in Orig Box!

Vintage Navy WWII U.S. SERVICE WRITING KIT in Orig Box! - eBay (item 310027633877 end time Mar-06-08 17:15:00 PST)

This U.S. Service Writing Kit is a navy blue faux leather paper folder with a silver embossed logo and "U.S. Service Writing Kit" on the front cover. Inside on the left is a pocket full of envelopes, a place to put your sweetheart's photo and a card to record your name, number, outfit, company, camp and location. On the right is a pad of stationery imprinted with a navy blue USN anchor logo.

There are 23 envelopes and the pad looks like a couple sheets are gone. The envelopes and stationery are age-darkened and have light foxing spots. We believe it's a World War II era kit.

The pasteboard box/envelope is printed on the front in red with images of three servicemen, a mailing envelope, stars and a banner that says, "U.S. Service Writing Kit." Both narrow sides say, "Keep Writing 'Em." Someone hand-wrote on one side "Navy, 50 cents" and on one end "Blue, 50 cents."

It's interesting to see how WWII servicemen were encouraged to keep in touch with the home folks with this official U.S. Navy Service Writing Kit.

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