Coleman military 520 unfired

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  1. konabill

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    Clearly the 1941 painted and nickel versions of the 520 are the rarest but this isn’t a an easy one to find either......I’ve found no verifiable production numbers on these but I believe 1945 had low production based on V.E. Day of May 8th only 1/3 into 1945 followed by V.J. Day in mid August .......no reason to continue production of the 520 ( all Just my opinion )
    This is my 1945 unfired and a clear copy of the instructions.... CCCDF9C9-E29E-4A41-A902-08651FCAA0AB.jpeg 4EF110F1-7727-4696-BC2B-82AA4F1DF429.jpeg 04250081-B50B-4EA5-ADDE-7734DDF80F53.jpeg D9D13ABD-077D-4D07-BD0C-B4F5AA7A004B.jpeg 4350FADB-5BAE-4AB7-A179-AFB0CB465F36.jpeg 20E6D902-FA02-4680-AD74-58484F985B47.jpeg BE746590-9F6E-4950-9743-B42ED6DB32ED.jpeg
     
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    @konabill, I suspect they made more than you think, given the number of these that were put in civil defense fallout shelters across the nation - to sit unfired in wait of a day that, thankfully, never came.
     
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    @Murph
    I’ve seen 1942-43 dated for the OCD but never a 1945
    I agree “thankfully never came”
     
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    Great find very nice
     
  5. Wim

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    I have one dated 1945, and clearly marked "Manufactured in Belgium". Mine is not the only one, @Tracer also has one. The text on it is in French so not meant for the Belgian army.
     
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    Wow. That is an amazingly well preserved unit!

    Keep in mind government contracts had a "cost plus 15%" agreement, and they were, after all, contracts. Whether or not the military or anybody else "needed" something due to the end of hostilities didn't really factor. They just kept cranking them out.

    Vacuum tubes or "valves" as sometimes called, were still being produced in huge numbers well into the 1980s to satisfy contracts, and the government maintained strategic stockpiles of mohair and wool and myriad other obsolete items until relatively recently.