Captain America’s Boots

The Cap’s first pair of boots are the retro, red ‘pirate style’ boots. The second pair appear to be standard WWII US GI type brown leather combat boots, as seen below:

However, note the sole visible in the following image:

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Shirts Added to TeePublic, Still on Sale!

You have 6.5 hours of $14 tees left. I have added approximately two dozen shirts to my TeePublic store:


Many of these are brand new to anywhere, so please take a look.

For Sale: US WWII China Burma India Theater Patch Shirt

WWII US CBI patch, recreated in vector form from the original specs:


Yes, the circles look squashed, but they are not. That’s just due to the automated mock-up software. I assure you the art is mathematically precise.

For Sale: Curtiss P-40 Warhawk Prop Stencil Shirts!

It was difficult to find a clear, close picture of the stenciled data on the propellor blades, and once I did, I had to re-draw the letters by hand.


The wonky kerning is exactly how it appeared on the original. As is the lack of periods after “Dwg” and “Ser.”

For Sale: WWII USAAF Shirts

A long time ago, I saw an awesome shirt decorated with P-40 (Flying Tigers) imagery: shark mouth, nose art, kill markings, roundels, etc. Unfortunately, they are long out of production and hard to find, and expensive. So, I’m working toward the next best thing. Bit by bit. These two just got OK’ed by Zazzle:

Other bits and pieces will soon follow. I just finished the art for the stencilled data on the propellor blade. That should be approved in a few days. A minor note: the images you see above are composites; mock-ups generated automatically by computer. The art is slightly distorted via this process. I assure you that the circles are mathematically perfect.

USA, 1942: The War at Home

Went through some of my grandfather’s personal effects and documents this evening. He and his brothers operated a gas station / mechanic’s from around 1932-1942. As you can see from the photo below, when he / they got drafted in 42, they had to sell it. I imagine there were a lot of signs like this at that time.


So, he was an auto mechanic from 32-42, then an aircraft mechanic from 42-45 (23rd FG, China), then an auto mechanic with NACA near DC for most of 45, then when he became a civilian, he went right back to being an automobile mechanic. After the war he married and raised two children.

Replica Paper Props: You Should Visit This Guy’s Site, It’s Pretty Cool

Let me qualify that by saying ‘replica paper props not by me.’ :)

And dare I say, he is one of the few graphic designers ‘living the dream’ being self-employed AND making movie props. Or maybe that’s just my dream…

BTW, this is almost all WWII era material. Mostly European, too, but not all. Some US / Canadian stuff.

WWII Allied China Burma India Theater Photos

Since we just passed the 70th anniversary of the end of the war in the Far East, it seems like an appropriate time to post these photos.

My maternal grandfather was an aircraft mechanic in China with the US forces there. If I recall correctly, he was with the 23rd Fighter Group, not the American Volunteer Group.

I apologize in advance for the quality of the photos, but i have tried to retouch them as best I can. They are simply old, dirty, grainy and frequently poorly exposed.

I’m going to separate these into ‘aircraft’ and ‘other’ pictures.