|The pictures show a view of all (36) Small Old Veterans of Foreign Wars Veteran Fraternal Items in this lot. The first picture has all of the included items. The second and third pictures show a little closer view. There is a variety of items included here. Some of them are dated and all of them are old.|
The first (4) items are identical unused VFW emblem decals. The colorful emblems can only be seen if held to the light or used because they are in reverse on the paper. The picture shows the back of one which has information and instructions.
Next there are (3) old membership cards. These are all from the same man ''ALLAN E. DREW''. They are also all from the Wilson Hunt Post No. 6806, of Farmington, New Hampshire. One is an Early Bird card from 1973 and the other two are from 1973 and 1979. They are all filled in and signed.
Next there are (4) ''V.F.W.'' uniform brass collar pins. The back sections are all included.
There are (5) identical advertising wooden nickels. These picture an American flag and are marked on the two sides as follows:
GOOD FOR ONE BEER ONLY
AVE. ''B'' & 10th
THE OLDEST HOST IN TEXAS
There are (5) V.F.W. emblem member pins. (2) have a screw back sections and one of those is a lapel stud button. (1) has a pin, and (2) have a tie tack type pin with a back section. One of them is still on a card.
There is a V.F.W. Auxiliary sterling silver charm bracelet charm, a poppy flower pin with a hanging V.F.W. emblem charm, a really tiny V.F.W. emblem, a ''BE A BUDDY V.F.W.'' pinback button with the emblem, and a heart shaped golf ball marker that reads:
VFW POST 307
ROCHESTER NEW YORK
There is a neck tie bar that has the V.F.W. emble, a three leaf clover, and a banner that reads:
92 - 93
There are (9) pins from different posts or locations. One is enameled and all are metal ecept two plastic cactus ones. In no particular order these are marked as follows:
(diesel train engine)
ALL ABOARD WITH LAWLER
70 - 71
DEPT. OF MASS. VFW 50th
(Massachusetts state, Minuteman, ship, flag)
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
(Enameled - songsheet, saxophone, keyboard)
84th NATIONAL CONVENTION
(arrowhead, New Jersey state)
(boy in triangle)
1975 - 1976
RETARDED CAN BE HELPED
(10 cent postage stamp design)
V.F.W. 75th ANNIVERSARY
VETERANS OF SPANISH AMERICAN AND OTHER FOREIGN WARS
All of these items for one price! To judge the sizes the decal sheets each measure 3-7/16'' x 3-1/2''. These items vary from excellent to mint condition as pictured. Below here, for reference, is a little Historical background information on the Veterans of Foreign Wars:
The VFW History
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, with its Auxiliaries, includes 2.4 million members in approximately 9,000 Posts worldwide. Its mission is to ''honor the dead by helping the living'' through veterans' service, community service, national security and a strong national defense.
The VFW traces its roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899 - 1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service: Many arrived home wounded or sick. There was no medical care or veterans' pension for them, and they were left to care for themselves. In their misery, some of these veterans banded together and formed organizations with what would become known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. After chapters were formed in Ohio, Colorado and Pennsylvania, the movement quickly gained momentum.
By 1915, membership grew to 5,000; by 1936, membership was almost 200,000. Since then, the VFW's voice had been instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration, creating a GI bill for the 20th century, the development of the national cemetery system and the fight for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange and for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome.
The VFW also has fought for improving VA medical centers services for women veterans. Besides helping fund the creation of the Vietnam, Korean War, World War II and Women in Military Service memorials, the VFW in 2005 became the first veterans' organization to contribute to building the new Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial, which is being constructed in Washington, D.C., and is expected to open in 2010.
In 2001, VFW unveiled its tribute to service and country with its dedication of Centennial Plaza. Annually, VFW members and its Auxiliary contribute more than 13 million hours of volunteerism in the community, including participation in Make A Difference Day and National Volunteer Week. From providing $2.5 million in college scholarships to high school students every year to encouraging elevation of the Veterans Administration to the president's cabinet, the VFW is there, honoring the dead by helping the living.