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Veterans Day Tomorrow

A friend sent me a link to an NBC story about a batch of war propaganda posters discovered in a New Hampshire library recently.  Here is the link:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/trove-war-posters-discovered-new-hampshire-library-n934816

Just to point out the kind of collection we have here (but unfortunately can’t display yet,  till we get more of the building heated and dry),  of the 4 posters they have in the two photos for the story…  we have all 4 of them.  Plus most of the ones they describe (like the Nazi fist stabbing the bible),  we have those too.  Their collection consists of 190 posters.  We have over 400…  I don’t have most of the collection photographed yet,  but here are some of the ones they feature…

The poster in the guy’s hand and the one on the table…

 

Here is the Nurse Cadet Corps poster on the left.  I don’t have the “can” rationing photographed,  but here is another in the same rationing series about rationing meat…  We have the whole series.

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“This is the Enemy”…

And the article talks about posters that look like Norman Rockwell painted them…  That’s because he did illustrate many government propaganda posters,  like these illustrating FDR’s “Four Freedoms”…  By the way,  we don’t have “freedom of worship”,  we have freedom of religion.  The effort to change it to “worship” comes straight out of the Soviet constitution.  They had the freedom to worship the government approved religion,  not a freedom to worship any religion.  Big distinction!  The “Freedom of Speech” image is a cool duel self-portrait of the ender Rockwell looking up at the young Rockwell.  And what the hell does “Freedom from Want” even mean?  I want a B-17.  And an SBD Dauntless.  And a P-51 Mustang with duel controls.  Come on Government,  satisfy my “want”…  Unfortunately we seem to be raising a generation of Americans who expect the government to satisfy their wants – let alone their needs

May the sacrifices of our veterans to keep our world free not be wasted by our current and future generations.

The Ambulance

As we approach Independence Day this week,  maybe it is a good time to reflect on the miracle of being born in this country and the freedom espoused in the Declaration of Independence.  And of the debt owed to so many who have fought so that that freedom remains after more than 200 year.

Liberty-1943

From our propaganda collection

 

Sitting out in front of the hangar in our parking lot is an Army ambulance.  Not WWII era,  but rather a 1967 Viet Nam-era vehicle.  This ambulance came to Yakutat as surplus and served as our first official EMS vehicle.  As a kid,  I remember it parked in the brush just about 100 yards from where it sits now.  It unfortunately rotted away in the weeds for a long time and is far too gone to be restored.  Although it is a neat decoration for the hangar,  she is in a real sorry shape.

Last year,  there was a huge armory auction down in California.  Among the various Shermans and artillery was a 1967 Army ambulance exactly like ours.  They had estimated its value to be between $5,000 and $10,000.  I fantasized about buying it and secretly one night swapping it out with our derelict version and then wait to see how long it would take anyone to notice.  Unfortunately,  the bidding got out of hand and it ended up selling for a whopping $65,000!  Oh well.

Today,  I stumbled upon a find…  A nice drivable 1967 Army ambulance.  Not restored,  but preserved in relatively good shape.  It is OUR ambulance!  The seller wants $14,750 for it.  No idea how to get it from Virginia to Seattle for the barge trip to Yakutat…  Would make for a fun road trip and there are “bunks” in the back you can sleep in!

https://classiccars.com/listings/view/1083719/1967-jeep-military-for-sale-in-lynchburg-virginia-24501

Unfortunately this isn’t to be…  We’re still trying to get out from under the fuel facility debt,  so this year doesn’t have any extra cash for artifacts,  no matter how cool they may be.  Oh well.  Maybe the 3rd time will be the charm.  Although if anyone out there needs a tax deductible donation for their taxes…

Here are a few more of our original propaganda posters…  Tried to give you a variety…

Happy Veterans Day

No BBQ’s or parades here in sunny Yakutat today,  but all our veterans are in our thoughts and prayers today (as they are in all our days).  Thank you!

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This past summer,  my younger cousin John Miller (not to be confused with the Tom Hanks character in Saving Private Ryan) lost his final battle with cancer,  leaving behind a wife and very young daughter.  John signed up and served in the army through the 90’s,  but re-upped after 9/11 and served again in Iraq.  A neat guy that I really wanted to have up here,  but we didn’t make it happen in time.  Another reminder not to let opportunities pass us by.  Sometimes,  you run out of opportunities.

We'll miss this honorable young man

We’ll miss this honorable young man

John in Harm's Way

John in Harm’s Way

It was a beautiful sunny day today,  but the frost didn’t want to melt off the wings.  I needed to fly out to the Italio to pick up another veteran out on his moose hunt.  Unfortunately he didn’t have a moose to fill the plane,  but he still understood and appreciated the glorious day out in paradise.  On our way back to town,  we circled about a dozen moose (mostly cows) all over the forelands.  Oh well.  4 more days till the season closes out beyond the Dangerous River.

On my way out there,  I spotted a green glowing orb on the beach.  Circled around and confirmed it was a glass ball out on Blacksand Spit.  Carefully landed,  then ran up the beach to retrieve my find.  This is the first time I have seen a glass ball from the air since getting the plane.  Lots of the local pilots beachcomb with their small tail-draggers,  but my nose-wheel 206 is a little big and clumsy to be out landing willy-nilly on soft sandy beaches.  Fortunately it was solid at this spot and I didn’t have to walk home.

Worth the risk of losing my plane to the tide in soft sand?

Worth the risk of losing my plane to the tide in soft sand?

We even had a good day in the fly shop today!  Had two guys come in from Juneau and buy 5 flies between them.  Hey,  any sale is a good day this time of year.  Also made a phone sale for a guy in MN.  He had been searching the world over for the Sage 2080 reel that was discontinued.  GREAT reel for the price and we happened to have one for him.  Never been to Alaska – let alone Yakutat – but we came up on his web search.  I love the freedom of the internet.  It allows my tiny little shop in po-dunk Yakutat to complete on an even playing field with the big boys.

Speaking of which,  I was sent a bunch of posters from some political action group trying to “sell” us on the “Internet Fairness Tax”.  Remember,  no law with the word “fairness” in the title is anything close to “fair”.  And yesterday,  the President took time out of his busy schedule to push the FCC to meddle and regulate the internet as if it is a 1950’s telephone utility.  That’ll make the internet better for all,  right?

http://www.realcleartechnology.com/2014/11/11/net_neutrality_public_utilities_aren039t_that_great_either_24137.html

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/11/10/ted-cruz-the-white-house-is-pitching-obamacare-for-the-internet/

Thank you to all our veterans for sacrificing of yourselves,  for my freedom and that of my family.  You deserve far more than my shallow empty words.

Here are some more of my propaganda posters in the collection:

We have more recent movie posters in the collection too,  not just from the 30's and 40's

We have more recent movie posters in the collection too, not just from the 30’s and 40’s

Red Menace,  from 1949

Red Menace, from 1949

But plenty of timely titles like this from 1943

But plenty of timely titles like this from 1943

And the completely historically inaccurate 1942 movie

And the completely historically inaccurate 1942 movie

From the US Department of Labor "Children's Bureau"...  back when children were allowed to do more than just sext each other at the mall...

From the US Department of Labor “Children’s Bureau”… back when children were allowed to do more than just sext each other at the mall…

Beautifully illustrated Liberty Bond poster from 1918

Beautifully illustrated Liberty Bond poster from 1918

Less interesting illustration from 1917,  before we had any US soldiers in France (officially anyway)

Less interesting illustration from 1917, before we had any US soldiers in France (officially anyway)

The Zimmerman Letter in WWI officially brought the American public into the war mindset,  when Germany offered Mexico the US as a war prize...  by WWII,  we were "trying" convince South America and Mexico to be part of the Allies

The Zimmerman Letter in WWI officially brought the American public into the war mindset, when Germany offered Mexico the US as a war prize… by WWII, we were “trying” convince South America and Mexico to be part of the Allies

We carry NONE of the burden our servicemen shoulder now,  while so many hold nothing but contempt for their sacrifices

We carry NONE of the burden our servicemen shoulder now, while so many hold nothing but contempt for their sacrifices

Imagine the US population swearing to follow the ration rules now...  There's be a lot of swearing,  I'll bet

Imagine the US population swearing to follow the ration rules now… There’s be a lot of swearing, I’ll bet

Nearly 1/2 million US servicemen didn't meet again

Nearly 1/2 million US servicemen didn’t meet again

Happy Thanksgiving 2013

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you out there…  For those of you wasting this amazing day watching football,  here is probably the dumbest propaganda poster I have in the museum collection just for you:

“This is life in your army”… Somewhere here, they are leaving out the part where people are shooting at you and dropping bombs on your head, but have fun playing football!

While I was busy baking the turkey,  Chris went fishing AGAIN.  Yesterday,  he came back from the river with the statement that “this was one of the best days I have had on the river”.  Then,  he proceeded to tell us all the details.

1) he dropped his hemostats in the river

2) he tripped on a submerged log and fell into the river – in front of two guys from Anchorage

3) there were two guys from Anchorage fishing in the hole he wanted to fish

This wasn’t sounding like a very good day on the river to me!

Cone-head marabou streamer

Chris then explained the better details.  He landed 7 steelhead even though he wasn’t on the river for three hours.  The water was dropping and beautifully clear.  He had caught two up above the West Fork crossing before running into Sean and his friend.  Chris visited a bit with the guys,  then stepped down below them to land 4 straight steelhead – WITH WITNESSES!!!  I think the grumbling from his fellow fishermen made it even better…

In addition to the steelhead, there were a handful of resident rainbow to be had, like this on the Dolly Llama

Today,  we had some light rain and an occasional snow flurry.  We crossed paths on the road as we headed to the hangar and Chris headed for 9 Mile.  Today was almost as good as yesterday.  I’d say probably better since he didn’t flop into the water and drench himself,  but maybe that’s just me…

Tailing a 37 inch steelhead on Thanksgiving Day

5 more landed,  with another 9 LDR’s.  Sean and Co. (sorry,  I haven’t met the guy with Sean yet) were back out there again and they seemed to be doing just fine today.  They had just arrived off the morning jet yesterday,  so they hadn’t had a lot of time on the water by the time Chris tried to ruin their day.  Chris took some photos and helped land a couple fish with them,  before heading downstream to slaughter more of our wild stocks.

Sorry, I don’t know his name, but he has a couple nice fish in the photos today

As shocking as this may sound,  I’m heading out tomorrow for some fishing myself!  Black Friday won’t be spend in the shop,  that’s for sure.  Maybe I can get some fishing tips from Chris – the Steelheader!

A blindingly bright hen from today

I have been trying to encourage some visitors to come down/up here for the run we are experiencing.  As Chris said tonight – there are a LOT of fish in the river right now.  Water is clear.  A little high,  but still easily wadable.  We have two guys from Anchorage here through Sunday,  but no one else.  Pretty quiet,  perfect weather…  It is supposed to be mostly clear throughout the coming week with just an occasional snow flurry.  Temps in the upper 20’s.

If the stills don’t do anything for you,  here is a video clip Chris took of himself trying to fight and land a steelhead today.  The camerawork is pretty shoddy (because he needs his cameraman out there – me),  but I think you get the idea…  Enjoy!

One more thing…  last week we were hit by a pretty good storm.  No major damage.  Some lost roofing shingles,  some fence damage here and there.  We had our trailer on the ramp get flipped onto its side,  but we all survived.  But…  please keep Frank in your thoughts and prayers.  He was med-evacced out to the hospital during the storm and we all hope he is OK and able to come home soon.

Our empty trailer flipped in the 65+ knot winds, but no major damage