Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 25, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba
itllSky’s limit in militaria
Militaria is another collectible that involves dozens of segments. The serious collector should choose one or two categories or could wind up with an unmanageable conglomeration.
Most collectors start with a random collection and decide later what avenue will best fulfil their aims. Some collect memorabilia from a certain war, such as the Boer War, the First or Second World Wars, the Korean War or even the Vietnam War, though not too many Canadians were directly involved in that conflict.
Military shell casings can make an interesting collection and don’t take up too much space. Becoming familiar with their origin, purpose, range and the weapon made to fire them can add up to hours of enjoyment.
The Sten gun of the Second World War, for instance, was designed for street fighting or close combat and rapidly fired bullets that compared to a 9 mm. handgun. The .50 calibre shells, on the other hand, were used by U.S. Air Force planes and were considerably larger than the .303 British shells, which were the standard ammo for the Spitfire. As the war proceeded, because of the superior firepower of the .50 calibre shells, they were eventually adopted by Commonwealth aircraft.
German military artifacts from both wars are very popular with collectors, although items from the Second World War attract more interest. Many items from the 1914-1918 hostility, such as helmets, sidearms, and bayonets, are still available and there’s less competition in acquiring them.
War-related documents and letters are not good survivors but are still available.
The techniques of military battles changed drastically during the First World War and while the generals on both sides saw themselves becoming hasty victors in head-on combat that didn’t happen. The tactics of digging trenches, the addition of tanks and aircraft, poisonous gas and flame
throwers changed the complexity of -
war drastically. Rapid-firing machine guns and heavy artillery were prevalent. The belligerent nations of the First World War managed to mobilize 65 million men and of those nine million died in conflict. It is hard to believe that in 20 short years the deadly fiasco was repeated.
The illustration shows a couple of interesting items of militana. The item on the right is a heavy metal whistle, dated 1907, which was used on the parade square.
The object on the left challenges more the
Below, a First World War device that was lowered Into rifle barrels to detect obstructions.
At right, a heavy metal whistle, circa 1907, that would be used on the parade square.
imagniation of those interested in this type of collectible. The brass instrument shown is unscrewed from protective casing and attached by a chain. Near the top is a notch that contains a tiny angled mirror. This device was carried by First World War soldiers, enabling them to place the gadget in the breach of their rifles, look down the barrel and carefully determine the condition of the rifling or any obstruction in their firearms.
It should be observed that the collecting of military hardware, such as firearms, ammunition, trench knives and bayonets, was never intended to show any favouritism for the aggressors and has been a legitimate col-—- lectible throughout history.
Old German helmets with the spiky tops are now rare and expensive Many have found their way into museums giving the general public a much better opportunity to observe them. The early helmets were made of leather but that soon changed during trench warfare, for obvious reasons. Bayonets with saw edges were not intended for maiming the foe but rather to cut the wooden posts supporting barbed wire.
On the less grisly side of collectible militaria are uniforms and regalia.
PHOTO COURTESY JACK READY
During and following the Second World War, much of this type of collectible was brought or shipped home by soldiers as souvenirs. In most cases these wound up in attics and forgotten after the initial novelty had worn oft'. Occasionally they found their way to hobbyists and dealerships and soon became a hot item — in fact, so popular that some engaged in the business of reproducing them.
Today, the new and aspiring collector takes great risk in acquiring a fake instead of an original after making a substantial investment. The most copied pieces of apparel are sleeve eagles with a swastika under the eagle, enlisted cuff titles and collar rank tabs.
Any small items, including those of the Luftwaffe, SS, or the German army or navy, are fair game for reproduction, and some of these fakes have come from Austria, where the originals were made. Unfortunately, only experts in the field can tell the difference. Close examination of matenal, stitching, etc. is of prime importance.
If any readers would like to publicize their community museums in this column, they can do so by mailing a brief note regarding open times, etc. to me at 1051 2nd St., Brandon, MB R7A 3A9. No phone calls can be accepted.
Jack Ready is a Brandon freelance writer.
Fully-cooked beef in supermarkets
TORONTO — Fully cooked seasoned minced beef in a pouch is the latest entry into the convenience food category at supermarkets.
“The need for a quick-to-heat ground beef product became obvious once we looked into how and what families prepare for dinner,” says Kerry Wright, national product development manager for the Beef Information Centre.
“Ground beef is the most popular protein choice for family meals accounting for more than 50 per cent of beef purchases.”
To meet the need for quick ground beef product, the centre partnered with Centennial Foods, a Calgary company. It developed Recipe Ready, fully-cooked seasoned minced beef that has been individually quick-frozen and packaged in a resealable pouch.
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TORONTO — One of Canada’s definitive authorities on fresh produce, green grocer Pete Luckett is appearing this summer as host of The Food Hunter. The 13-part show is airing each
Wednesday on the Food Network at 9 p.m. CT.
The owner of Pete’s Frootique in Bedford, N.S., Luckett dishes the dirt on exotic fruits and vegetables he searches for in far-flung locations.
Also this summer, on the Food Network, the brash and salty author of The Cook’s Tour. New York chef Anthony Bourdain, heads out on a wild ride of international cuisine.
He is also the best-selling author of Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly.
His 26-episode companion series to the book of the same name airs each Monday at 9 p.m. CT.
Grilling answers on toll-free line
TORONTO — As barbecuing season goes into full swing, many questions and problems can arise.
So Weber, a barbecue manufacturer, is offering assistance seven days a week from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. CT. The number is 1-800-474-5568.
As well, Weber is offering a free grilling booklet — specifically
aimed at women.
Weber’s Girls Guide to Grilling has been made available for the many women discovering the joys of backyard cooking. It is a basic book to help women create good grilled meals for their family and friends, says Weber spokeswoman Theresa Stahl.
It can be obtained by phoning the toll-free number.
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Apple a day great if it’s right apple
By Peter Calamai
OTTAWA — The right apple a day should do an even better job of keeping the doctor away, scientists have discovered.
And eating the apple peel provides a much stronger defence against many diseases than simply munching the flesh, says Rong Tsao, a food researcher in a federal agriculture lab in Guelph, Ont.
Tsao’s advice is to head for the Northern Spy or Red Delicious varieties for the maximum dose of natural antioxidant chemicals. Antioxidants help the body defend against cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and other common ailments of aging.
Levels of the antioxidant chemicals are five times higher in the skin of Red Delicious apples than in its flesh and three times higher for Spy skin compared to its flesh. The higher levels in the skin may be linked to chemicals that give it colour.
“An apple a day can provide enough antioxidants to keep the doctor away but you have to choose the right variety,” says Tsao.
Scoring lowest in antioxidant levels among the eight varieties tested was Empire. Both the skin and flesh of Empire apples had less than half the antioxidant concentration of Red Delicious.
Many chemicals, collectively called antioxidants, curb oxidation in the body, preventing cell and tissue damage from free radical molecules.
Health food stores already do a brisk business in items like grape seed extract that are supposed to provide antioxidant protection. But the federal health department has not yet said how much of these plant antioxidants someone should consume daily to be healthy.
The Canadian research, made public recently, builds on earlier studies that showed the vitamin C in apples could account for only a small amount of the proven antioxidant activity. Scientists then began measuring the levels of other plant chemicals, such as flavonols, phenolic acids and anthocyanin, which combine to produce the antioxidant effect.
Measuring these chemicals in the most common Ontario-grown apples, the Guelph researchers were surprised to discover big differences in the levels among varieties and also between peel and flesh.
The researchers also found the apple antioxidants kept active much longer than BHT, a synthetic antioxidant widely added to food such as potato chips to stop them from going rancid. After 72 hours the antioxidant extracted from Red Delicious apples was providing twice the protection of BHT.
The Guelph research was limited to measurements in lab containers. Tsao said the researchers now want to study how the apple antioxidants aa in people.
Studies with human cancer cells at Cornell University two years ago have shown promise. Antioxidant chemicals extraaed from Red Delicious apples curbed the growth of colon cancer cells and liver cancer cells by between one-third and two-thirds. In both cases, the skin extraa had a greater eftea than the flesh extraa.
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