You can tell a lot about an era by looking at what people owned.
During the 1940s America was sending soldiers across the world to fight, as they returned they (and their families) slowly accumulated odd accessories. Everything from combat boots to gas masks to goggles were brought home. Their families held onto these in remembrance of loved ones and the time we were at war.
I was lucky enough to photograph a large collection of these authentic WWII items at the Legacy Flight Museum. The man who owns this collection has been collecting these items since he was 13 years old (that is well over 60 years). Here is the handsome guy:
If these heirlooms could talk imagine the stories they would tell.
Check out these amazing stories from WWII.