Bird pins (brooches) made out of scrap materials by Japanese Americans held in internment camps during World War II. From The Art of Gaman: Arts & Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps 1942-1946 by Delphine Hirasuna (Ten Speed Press, 2005). Gaman is a Japanese term of Zen Buddhist origin which means “enduring the seemingly unbearable with patience and dignity”.
Vintage fan blades, set of 3 for steampunk or found art projects
Original WW2 Poster: Carrots were in plentiful supply and were widely-utilised as a substitute for scarce foodstuffs and people eagerly took to them, believing they would help them see more clearly in a blackout. The ruse not only reduced the surplus vegetables but also helped to mask the chief reason for the RAF’s success - the increasing power of radar and the secret introduction of the Airborne Interception.
Pistol: FP-45 “Liberator”. Simple and cheap, 1,000,000 were turned out within one month for only $2.10 for each complete kit. They were concealable, reliable, and powerful. But they had an inherently short lifespan, inaccuracy, and slow follow up