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KIM CALVERT AT THE VICKERS

Kim says: "This is a photo of our group, the Long Range Desert Preservation Society. That is me in the back of the truck at the Vickers. This is only one of 4 of these trucks in the world and the only one in the USA. This photo was taken at our most recent event, 'Marching Through History' in Chino California, Oct. 2009."

 

Hi guys,

I am responding to your request for pictures of your products in use.  Well, here is a healthy scene. This was taken in the winter in a trench.  It was about 30 degrees and snowing.  I am making your famous erbswurst, although you can't see the package.  I am part of the Midwest Great War Living History Association.  The picture was taken after a long day of marching, trench building and sporadic fighting, as on the Western Front circa 1918.  That erbswurst hit the spot, let me tell you!

John Naughton

 

 

A Friend in California

Longtime customer, re-enactor, and label contributor Tim Kano is pictured, left, at a re-enactment in his home state of California. Of interest to us is the table on Tim's left, which is shown in color below. We are honored that among the many authentic military artifacts gracing Tim's display, several of our reproduction rations are included.

Folks, this is what we are all about! Rations were the ultimate disposable item. Vital to troop health and fighting ability, once consumed the packaging was tossed, burned, or stomped into the mud. Hence the scarcity of the real thing. Our reproduction rations provide the collector and re-enactor with authentic-looking rations that are also as close to the real thing on the inside as possible. For instance, the Meiji Candy in our ration unit below is identical to the WW2 product, and is made by the original company. We buy them from an importer, prime, paint and relabel the tin, so that it looks authentic from the inside-out! It's a lot of work, but re-enactors like Tim are able to display our repro-rations alongside their genuine artifacts, and the end result is a complete collection with an authentic look.

We take great pride in the fact that our repro-rations have been used in classrooms, museums, personal collections, re-enactments, and movies.

 

Yup, that's our stuff all right.

Look in the top right quadrant of the table, 4 o' clock from the bugle. See that stack of blue parcels, and the green tin with the white-labeled can behind it?

ReproRations! Nestled among an outstanding collection of WW2 Japanese military relics.

The information for these rations stems from various magazine and newspaper articles, the US Intelligence Service's "Soldier's Guide to the Japanese Army," many collector friends in Japan, the UK and the United States, and interviews with a few Australian and Japanese veterans of that conflict.

 

 

Another member of Tim's re-enactor group, in full uniform.

 
Another re-enactor's exhibit.

Send us pix of your unit and show us how you are using our rations.

   

This is the beginning of another exhibit. Young Joshua's dad and grandfather helped him make this display casefor his ReproRations collection. So far he has made a pretty good replica of a German "potato masher" grenade, and he's got a GI  P-38 that ReproRations donated to the cause. Joshua lives in Franklin, Connecticut. We hope to see future pictures as his collection grows. Who knows, he may become a full-blown re-enactor before this is over.

   

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