The Museum's superb military collections document the history of the men and women of the armed forces of the United States. The collections include ordnance, firearms, and swords; uniforms and insignia; national and military flags and banners; and many other objects.
The strength of the collections lies in their enormous depth. Some 3,000 military small arms and 2,400 civilian firearms document the mechanical and technological history of the infantryman's weapons from the beginning of the gunpowder era to the present. Among the 4,000 swords and knives in the collection are many spectacular presentation pieces. The collections also include Civil War era telegraph equipment, home front artifacts from both world wars, early computers such as ENIAC, Whirlwind, and Sage, and materials carried at antiwar demonstrations.
"Military - Overview" showing 19 items.
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- This slide chart is designed to assist in coding United States Air Force forms for inventory control. The envelope is of clear plastic printed in blue, with a white plastic card that slides crosswise. The sliding card has columns for eight Air Force forms (forms number 158A&B, 158C&D, 813, 814, 815, 158-7, 366J&K, and 366L&M). The numbers in each column indicate the place on the form on which the data is to be entered. For example, in all eight forms spaces 1through15 are for the stock number and spaces 31through 34 are for the organization number. The first 56 spaces are described on the front of the sliding card. The remainder (up to 80) are on the back.
- It is possible that the forms described are 80-column punch cards, such as those made by IBM for use with electronic data processing equipment.
- A mark on the front of the envelope reads: Code Designator (/) Slide Chart. A mark on the back of the envelope reads: Felsenthal Instruments Co.1963 (/) Chicago 31, Illinois (/) MFR’s PT.NO. FAA-141-A.
- Currently not on view
- date made
- Felsenthal Instruments Co.
- ID Number
- catalog number
- accession number
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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- Variant company name
- Founded 1918
- Company Name
- Scientific Apparatus Makers Assoc.
- Related companies
- Record ID
- Data source
- Smithsonian Institution Libraries