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A look at our museums WWI Mannequin displays
« on: May 06, 2017, 10:18:38 PM »
  I have posted several "overview" type pictures of our museum items and of course it is always a work in progress as we still have much to do. With that said, we have been informed that we currently have the "most concise" WWI public exhibit in the country! What does that mean? I can only speculate that it means we have more complete mannequin displays than others. Certainly the National WWI Museum has more items by far, but they don't have a full mannequin for each major Western Front participant... So, I thought I would share some of them here as we are quite proud of the overall look of the exhibit.
  These items are all from a private collection and on long term loan to us. The owner is a board member so it is a comfortable arrangement and we are very pleased that he has this chance to share his years of diligent collecting with the public. We will likely incorporate many of these into our permanent WWI exhibit after the centennial which for Michigan will end in 2019, commemorating the return of our "Polar Bears".
  The mannequins are all made by the owner of the collection, so they are not the higher quality like Yanks that the museum uses. We have a large front gallery in our building where these are displayed as a 100th anniversary "overview". In addition, we have another gallery with several more WWI mannequins and torso's reflecting provenance Michigan stories.
   First up, enlisted men starting with France, 1914.      Scott
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Re: A look at our museums WWI Mannequin displays
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2017, 10:20:18 PM »
  The Legion Russe! Or Russian Legion.   Scott
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Re: A look at our museums WWI Mannequin displays
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2017, 10:22:11 PM »
 A Canadian Seaforth Highlander with a captured German drum. It is marked as captured by the 72nd Battalion Seaforth's!   Scott
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Re: A look at our museums WWI Mannequin displays
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2017, 10:24:30 PM »
 2 1917 U.S. enlisted men with eagle snap belts, Span-Am style canteens, a 1914 dated R.I.A. training rifle and all of the "hodgepodge" equipment our early AEF men had.  Scott
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Re: A look at our museums WWI Mannequin displays
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2017, 10:27:04 PM »
  A 369th "Harlem Hellfighter" or as we call him, "Violet" or "The Grape" (he looks a bit purple). He has a French Adrian and French field gear. Scott.
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Re: A look at our museums WWI Mannequin displays
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2017, 10:29:12 PM »
  While this soldier at first glance appears French, his buttons are quite different. He is Polish and a member of Haller's Blue Army" of which many were recruited here in Michigan.   Scott
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Re: A look at our museums WWI Mannequin displays
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2017, 10:30:12 PM »
   1915 Bavarian soldier.   Scott
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Re: A look at our museums WWI Mannequin displays
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2017, 10:32:36 PM »
  The Italian equipped Czech Legion from the Isonzo/Caporetto Front.  Scott
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« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2017, 10:34:13 PM »
  A really cool Paris made 28th Division soldier and his victory medal.  Scott
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« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2017, 10:35:16 PM »
  An American Teamster.  Scott
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Re: A look at our museums WWI Mannequin displays
« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2017, 10:36:15 PM »
  1918 German soldier.  Scott
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Re: A look at our museums WWI Mannequin displays
« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2017, 10:38:38 PM »
  1918 Canadian 3rd battalion. It was a decision to feature the Canadians as we are geographically next to Ontario and we receive many Canadian tourists. Our board member has British as well but is limited on sets of complete P08 webbing as you can imagine.   Scott
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Re: A look at our museums WWI Mannequin displays
« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2017, 10:39:56 PM »
  A 1918 Poilu!   Scott.
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Re: A look at our museums WWI Mannequin displays
« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2017, 10:40:46 PM »
  1918 Italian infantry. Scott
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Re: A look at our museums WWI Mannequin displays
« Reply #14 on: May 06, 2017, 10:41:43 PM »
  November 1918 Doughboy!  Scott
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