Thursday, March 17, 2011

Collecting WWII souvenirs

It’s sad that less than 10% of those who fought evil in WWII are still alive (the greatest generation), and I hate to see their treasured WWII souvenirs sold as commodities.

I have started collecting their war spoils in the hope that future generations will understand and respect the huge sacrifices they made, in the name of freedom:

WWII Japanese Prayer Flags

These signed Japanese flags are properly called Yosegaki flags. Yosegaki means “gathered writing” in Japanese. When the Kanji appears on the Japanese red dot national flag (the rising sun, or “meatball” flag), the prayer flag is properly called Hinomaru (sun orb flag) Yosegaki.

An original WWII prayer flag in excellent condition has a 2010 value of $200.

Beware of fake Japanese prayer flags.

A real Japanese prayer flag will have fixing and holes because it is 70 year-old silk.

Flying Tigers blood chits

A "blood chit" was a note stitched to the backs of American pilots to tell the Chinese that they were friend and not foes.

Just like with Americans say about Asians, the Chinese could distinguish foreigners "they all look alike"

Original WWII Flying Tiger Blood Chit

The Kanji text in the above pictured chit says in English:

"This foreign person has come to China to help in the war effort.

Soldiers and civilians, one and all, should rescue, protect, and provide him with medical care."