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#1 The1930sRust

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Posted 24 December 2003 - 07:06 PM

My lovely wife, Teresa, presented me with a reprint of the February 10, 1926, Chicago Daily Tribune front page. Some of you may recall, according to Helmer's The Gun That Made The Twenties Roar, this was purportedly the first major mention of the "Tommy Gun" in the press (OSTTE).

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The subline is "Rake Saloon in Beer War; One May Die" and "Hangout Riddled by Steel Bullets". The text begins, "Thirty-seven bullets from a light automatic machine gun were poured into the saloon of Barton (Buff) Costello...last night by gangsters striving to assassinate two rivals for the highly profitable south side traffic in good beer."

Boy, I could just kill for a beer....

It continues, "Capt. Stege said there was no doubt the bullets came from a machine gun of a type which has been advertised in trade magazines. Thirty-seven shells, all alike, were found on the stairs of the saloon".

Sounds like the start of a problem there, Cap'n...

What a great gift! Framing to follow.....

What did the rest of you get?

PS: Also got a "Weird Al" DVD!
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#2 Walter63a

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Posted 24 December 2003 - 07:16 PM

That's a great gift Chris. I would frame it too! biggrin.gif rolleyes.gif smile.gif "I think the best gift I could receive would be one only I could give to myself", said the Riddler.............Puzzled?...........The best gift would be to find a teaching position in a full-auto friendly state and move there! rolleyes.gif blink.gif smile.gif Regards, Walter
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Posted 24 December 2003 - 10:54 PM

Awesome Chris, that will make a nice touch for your collection.

My wife picked up a shirt from MobWare. Also 2 MachineGunBooks.com travel mugs. One to use, the other as part of the collection.
I won't know about any other Tommy related items until tomorrow. My list was mostly Thompson related.

I was bidding on an original newspaper with the headlines on the St. Valentines Day Massacre. I think the closing bid was around 70. I wasn't prepared to go much higher.
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Posted 25 December 2003 - 12:03 AM

Mine isn't under the tree, but I sent off a Money Order for my 2nd WH 27A1 and hope to have it by Newyears. Chris your lucky to have an understanding spouse, I'll be lucky to draw more than socks and underware.

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Posted 25 December 2003 - 12:18 AM

My gift to myself....hehehe....is Medal of Honor, Rising Sun. Great Thompson action in this one. It's a 1928 model w/ 20 round mags. More realistic than the others. Just spent 41/2 hrs playing this to the point my contacts are drying out. I'm also working on getting a original wanted poster for Dillinger. Next will be the newspaper articles.
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Posted 25 December 2003 - 10:12 AM

Merry Christmas everyone. For those of you who are travelling, be safe.

Cool gift, Chris, be sure to have it framed with acid free archival grade backing.

My wife gave me a very large tool box to store all of my ammo, gun cleaning supplies, extra magazines and Thompson parts.

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Posted 25 December 2003 - 12:26 PM

Merry Christmas, Everyone!!...My wife gave me Gordon`s book...Wow.. what a surprise!, and a video cam...for next MG shoot... now if those pestky transfers come thru...well that`s another post altogether...Happy Holidays!..and KEEPEM`SMOKIN`,out. wink.gif
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Posted 25 December 2003 - 01:38 PM

Merry Christmas all!

I got MOH, Rising Sun and Desert Storm II, Back to Bagdad video games...wife is going to her mothers for the day...she's gonna give the TV a rest from the LMN (pu**y channel) and do some games biggrin.gif
Kids got me R.Lee Ermeys 1st season DVD...hmmm what to do what to do?
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Posted 25 December 2003 - 03:34 PM

Finally got one of those Thompson police cases made by Greg. Merry Christmas all!
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Posted 25 December 2003 - 04:08 PM

Ralph, you stole my thunder. I got one, too. Greg Fox does excellant work. I had given up on getting one because my wife thought it was too expensive; she wanted me to get the cheaper Kahr case for several hundred less. I said nevermind, I'll do without. Last night, a neighbor brought over a box after everyone had gone to bed but me. I knew what it was without looking. Now I need 3 more XX boxes and a cleaning rod. Merry Christmas!
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Posted 25 December 2003 - 07:20 PM

I got the soundtracks to "Dude, Where's My Car" and "Mystery Men", Kelly's Heroes DVD (gratuitous Thompson fu action and on Steve's Top 10 Greatest Movies of All Time list), a refrigerator for my office, and a set of digital calipers for machining projects (and some beer). Not a bad haul for an old guy like me.
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#12 The1930sRust

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Posted 25 December 2003 - 07:23 PM

Sounds like many of you had a Thompson holiday. Dad suprised me with 1000 rnds of S&B....
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Posted 25 December 2003 - 07:37 PM

I got a partridge in a pear tree and had to give 5 golden rings to get it!

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Posted 25 December 2003 - 08:39 PM

I got two great games...
Medal of Honor - Breakthrough and Battlefield 1942 - Road to Rome.
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Posted 27 December 2003 - 09:39 PM

Well.. I got my life back thanks to a fine surgeon.. but lets get to the Thompson Stuff.

I got a subscription to the Thompson Collectors Association. cool.gif

I got Tracie Hill's wonderful "Thompson: the American Legend" rolleyes.gif

Oh, and I almost forgot.. I ordered a 27A1 today! biggrin.gif

Whoo Hooo!! ok so it isn't a FA buts it the best I could afford.

Cheers,
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Posted 28 December 2003 - 08:25 AM

I got a cartridge in a bare tree.
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