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Another blast from 2003...

 This piece has an interesting history. It's an early 1900's "Double W" board that shows all the ammunition products Winchester was producing at the time. As it was made at a point when the technology was shifting from black powder to smokeless powder, it's really a priceless asset in documenting the cartridge tech of the era.

These are physical cartridges, not just embossed pictures as in the much more modern boards (though some companies still make 'em like this!). This is one of the better ones left - but it could have been one of the best, except...

It came from our family hardware store in Paragould, Arkansas, after the last brother who ran the store died and no one else in the family wanted to continue operating it. It was complete at that point. A family member of mine was (and still is, behind the scenes) a politically connected fellow in Little Rock. He loaned it to the state, and it hung in the capital building for many years during Clinton's governorship. While I doubt Bill swiped any of the cartridges, someone stole several of the more expensive ones - which I've been replacing, bit by bit. What complicates the effort is these were purpose-built dummies, not just unloaded cartridges. Thus far, the real challenge has been finding the missing (and most expensive - why they were stolen!) shotgun shells.

Winchester "Double W" bullet board from 1904

 I should note that the board hangs in the living room - a testament to just how wonderful SWWBO is!


I knew there was something else I liked about you, a connection to Arkansas.  We're both old artillerymen from Arkansas even though you live in Kansas and I live in Texas now.  My great granpappy's three brothers served in the 10th Arkansas Infantry.  I also like your sharing your memories, reminiscing is good for the soul.
The great-grandfather who's name I bear, "Pappy" Hays, was the first mayor of Paragould, and is buried in his rebel grey unifom, a veteran of the Orphan Brigade.  He participated in all the major losses and the one bloody win of the brigade - and came through unscathed.
There wouldn't, by chance, be any shotgun shells in there of 30 or 32 guage, would there be? I ran across an old fowling piece that seems to be in that odd caliber, and it's unmarked as to guage. 28 is too big and .410 is too small.
That's a hadsome piece that is.  And "a testament to just how wonderful SWWBO is!" she allows you to show it!  That'd be a special woman, that one.  Better keep her close!

Whare's me spel chekur whenn I needd itt?  Dangit!  "handsome", h a n d s o m e, dummy!