Saturday, April 14, 2018

Childhood Living Is Easy To Do...

If you had an indulgent mother who nurtured your interest in military subjects - particularly uniforms and armor. Seeing blogger buddy Jonathan's recent Palouse Wargaming Journal post of Genoese heavy cavalry made me reminisce of similar model soldiers in childhood books which I still have. The "Color Treasury of Model Soldiers" has some splendid images from days gone by. All of these books are from the 70's when I was young grommet growing up in Hawaii. Thankfully, I've kept them ever since.
My mom, now 86 years young and still living in the same house I grew up in back in Hawaii, bought all of these for me - save the "Military Dress of North America," which my cousins got for me for Christmas 1975. Incidentally, my aunt used to work for the Hawaii Public Library and would get me all kinds of books on said subject. Yes, I was totally indulged at an early age. Thanks for letting me share a bit of my history and best wishes to you all!

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  1. Great song, great books, great mum!

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Aaron! Kind regards, Dean

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  2. You are fortunate to have grown up with such a thoughtful mother. For me, it was my dad.

    Great collection of uniform books and very satisfying to see that you still have them.

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    1. Thanks, Jonathan. Yes, it wasn't just military stuff - she got me a bunch on Greek Mythology. I was big into that too. Not Roman though - they were just a bunch of copy cats! Ares = Mars, come on! :) Best, Dean

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    1. Indeed it was; thanks as always, Michal!

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  4. Some classics in that list which I also owned at one point. A great trip down memory lane Dean! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you kindly, Millsy! I figured others in the hobby would've had some of these too. Best, Dean

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  5. We owe a lot to those who indulged our interests as kids great that you managed to keep all these books.
    Best wishes
    Willie

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    1. Thanks, Willie! Yes, it's what made us who we are today. I also have the National Geographic books on Greece & Rome; Age of Chivalry and a few others. Warmest regards, Dean

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  6. It’s fantastic that you’ve kept hold of those books, it’s a great thing to have a tangible link to the past. My mum indulged me in a similar manner, sparking my abiding love of tiny metal men.

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    1. Thanks, Steven. Oh, and you reminded me that I was remiss to mention she also bought me not only plastics like Tamiya 1/35th and 1/72nd Airfix (locally available), but also ordered lead 54mm figs from across the pond (being in Hawaii) :) Kind regards, Dean

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  7. Lucky you! My mother forbade me to play with toy soldiers. You see how well that worked out for her. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Scott. You've certainly made up for lost time. Not only did I play "army" with the neighborhood kids and my cousins; but my mom would bring home large sheets of cardboard (she worked with Naval engineers at Pearl Harbor) which I would use to make "Greek" "linothorax" armor! Warmest regards, Dean

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  8. Nice to see they have such fond memories. We had some cool books in the school library in junior school and one of the ones that stuck the most was an old ghost stories book.

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    1. Thanks, Simon! Yes, the memories from our childhood and youth which makes us what we are today. Warmest regards, Dean

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  9. Awww, ya got me weepy, I love your mum. Now if only you could have a few words with mine, she has a lot of making up to do;)

    Cheers
    Kevin

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    1. Thanks, Kevin! Warm regards, Dean

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  10. Thats a real treasure you got there!
    One picture a thousand words!!

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    1. Ah, thank you very much for your kind words. Warmest regards, Dean

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  11. Nice post, I got my first uniform book when I was about 4, I don't know who got it for me but Im glad they did!
    Best Iain

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    1. Awesome, Iain, I don't think they are as popular with kids today. Kind regards, Dean

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  12. My first one was the National Geographic book on the American Revolution. Those battle paintings had me hooked.

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    1. We had another Nat'l Geo book that enthralled me, I think it was called Animals of North America, or something like that. I think it was so well-read, it was falling apart and my mom threw it away. Kind regards, Dean

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