Japanese Skull War Trophy


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Original picture here.
     Posted By: Paul - Sat Jan 05, 2013
     Category: War | 1940s | Asia | Skulls, Bones and Skeletons | Love & Romance

I'm not sure that's a Jap skull! The eyes look too round!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/05/13 at 09:07 AM
Wow, what a romantic that guy was!
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 01/05/13 at 07:38 PM
I guess she is supposed to look like Hamlet pondering Yorick's skull. But the racist caption takes away from the literary reference. I'll bet the proverbial would have hit the fan if a Japanese soldier had done that with an American skull.

You're right Patty. A skull wouldn't be most women's first choice for a souvenir.
Posted by Harvey on 01/06/13 at 10:59 AM
The first rule to get soldiers to fight is to dehumanize the enemy. Propaganda is the tool used to keep-up civilian support for a war. Hanging current day labels on wartime events isn't right!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/06/13 at 11:41 AM
I'm not sure her boyfriend was navy. Any Sailor I know would have fancied
that thing up before mailing it off to his best girl!
I can see it now! Hinge the top, line it with velvet, and last but not
least, Some Scrimshaw!
" To my darlin' Pattycake, Miss you right down to my bones! ha ha!
All my love! Bluto"

There Patty, Is THAT romantic enough for ya ? :lol: :coolsmile:
Posted by Tyrusguy on 01/06/13 at 11:42 AM
Sorry, Ty, it would have either been a coffee cup, an Acey-deucey shaker, or, more likely, a butt-kit crowning the top of a 5' shell. (ash tray for you civilians)
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/06/13 at 11:48 AM
Expat, I thought ashtray too! But I was trying to be ROMANTIC!! :lol:
As for the 5" shell, Give it a few minutes and then check your email.
I can't post photos in my comments but I'll take one of the ashtray in my mom's garage! Feel free to put it in a comment! :coolsmile:
Posted by Tyrusguy on 01/06/13 at 12:02 PM
Some sailor, Tyrusguy who will remain autonomous, sent me this photo of the one he mailed home to "Mom".


As I was the 4th most powerful dude on the bird-farm (I ran the paint locker), I had access to all kinds of stuff like this and made several of these myself. Some I sold, some were used as comshaw (trade goods), and a couple I sent home. The brass shells were from "salutes" used to acknowledge designation.

Click here to have a look at what Google found for a broader look at what was created.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/06/13 at 12:44 PM
Thanks Expat!,
That ashtray was mailed home to Virginia by my Pop in the mid-50's, Med tour, I think he was on the Baltimore then. The photo links are cool. The coins used for butt rests are Greek! :lol: :coolsmile:
Posted by Tyrusguy on 01/06/13 at 02:10 PM
Ahh Tyrusguy, you are such a romantic fella, I am swooning!
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 01/06/13 at 10:57 PM
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