I began this business in 1961 while I was an Air Force aerospace engineer. Until 1977, I maintained dual occupations, engineering and antiques, at which time I went into antiques full time. However, from the first day of our business, we have provided the public with professional service and quality memorabilia. As a result, we became one of the nation's largest and most respected, professional mail order Militaria-Americana proprietorships.
Initially, I specialized in Civil War material only, and remained limited to that for several years. It remains my first love. Eventually, however, my interests broadened to include the Indian Wars, then the Spanish American War, WWI, then WWII, then to include everything to date. Until my retirement, and for many years, we offered an extraordinarily broad range of material covering all American historical periods from Colonial times to the Vietnam War, as well as major collecting areas encompassing German, Japanese and some European material from the World Wars. As my expertise grew, so did the diversity of our offerings.
I am especially proud of having authored, during my long and dedicated career of 45 years, 187 Print Catalogs, which I believe to be the highest consecutive number ever published in the entire history of the business. I have always been known for the accuracy, completeness and educational value of my descriptions and profuse photo illustrations, which now appear on our website. With our move to Alaska in 2006, we suspended publishing print catalogs. From now on, and as market conditions improve, we will offer through this website ever increasing selections of particularly rare militaria and patriotic Americana, ALL FROM OUR PERSONAL COLLECTIONS.
As of 1 April 2003, I retired. My wife Debra handles the website and sales. Most of you will notice no difference since you have been primarily dealing with Debra for years. I will remain as technical consultant, describing the items (while attempting to enjoy the perks of retirement), so you may continue to depend on the quality and authenticity of our offerings. We are no longer officially in business, but will continue to offer our items for some time to come.
Early in 2006, we moved to Alaska where we were just finishing construction of our retirement home. Our move was a huge project, but well worth it. As they call it here, this is the “Great Land”…”The Last Frontier”...and where most of you live is called "Outside".
I wish to personally thank all of our long-time customers, many who have become friends, for your continued years of business and loyalty. Very slowly, we’re adding material from our personal collections, most that has been in storage for decades. Please continue to visit us often!
Dale C. Anderson, June 2006
Captain Anderson, USAF 1966 -
Albuquerque Gun Show 1966 - We still have his uniform! -
1974 Baltimore Gun Show Award for American Military Accoutrement Plates Exhibit, one of many over the years -
Back when Dale was a member of the North-South Skirmish Association -
Now Enjoying the Alaska Wilderness
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