July 2021 – Summer Gun Show slowdown begins.

Let us hope we have seen the last of the Covid-19 restrictions. Gun Shows and events are occurring, but at the usual slow summer pace. The Wells Sportsman Show returns July 10th and 11th, but that is the only July show in Minnesota I am aware of. July 30th through August 1st finds us in Waverly Iowa for a 3-day show, while Wisconsin has at least 6 shows scheduled to occur..

                Papas Toybox has reached an agreement to purchase a HUGE estate of edged weapons with over 600 items. A lot of awesome US and foreign military as well as a cool selection of 19th century worldwide edged weapons. Types of weapons includes bayonets, bolos, fighting knives, knuckle knives, several vintage Kris style knives, a nice selection of Jambiya knives from different countries, a cool selection of vintage restraints (I.e., handcuffs), daggers, swords, machetes, vintage harpoons and spears, and a nice assortment of vintage items from Africa and Southeast Asia.

                While Papas Toybox has always been focused on US Military Surplus, this collection was something we just could not pass up. As all our friends and customers know, when we make an offer for a collection, we make the offer for the entire collection. Unlike others that often pick and choose only the best items we purchased it all so the owner does not have to deal with piecemealing out the remainder. We hope to begin listing the collection items on our website in the next 30 to 45 days.

July has some extremely important historical dates for the United States and its military.

·               July 1, 1863 – Beginning of the Battle of Gettysburg.

·               July 2, 1788 – Congress announced the U.S. Constitution had been ratified.

·               July 2, 1881 – President James A. Garfield was shot and mortally wounded. He died on September 19th.

·               July 2, 1937 – Amelia Earhart goes missing.

·               July 2, 1964 – President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

·               July 3, 1775 – George Washington took command of the Continental Army.

·               July 4, 1776 – United States approved and signed the Declaration of Independence.

·               July 4, 1946 – The Philippines becomes a self-governing nation after 48 years of U.S. sovereignty.

·               July 4, 1959 – The 49th star is added to the American Flag to represent the new state of Alaska.

·               July 4, 1960 – The 50th star is added to the American Flag to represent the new state of Hawaii.

·               July 7, 1898 – President William McKinley signed a resolution annexing Hawaii.

·               July 8, 1947 – The Roswell Army Air Field issues a press release stating that personnel had recovered a crashed “flying disc” from a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico.

·               July 9, 1868 – The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. The Amendment defined U.S. citizenship, required due process and equal protection under the law, and barred individuals involved in rebellion against the U.S. from holding public office.

·               July 10, 1943 – The Allied invasion of Italy began.

·               July 11, 1955 – President Eisenhower signed a bill requiring use of the inscription “In God We Trust” on all paper money.

·               July 15, 1918 – During the WW1 Battle of the Marne, the Germans launched their last offensive attack to break through the Chateau-Thierry salient. They were stopped by American, British, and Italian divisions.

·               July 16, 1945 – The experimental Atomic Bomb “Fat Boy” was set off in the desert of New Mexico.

·               July 16, 1969 – Apollo 11 astronauts were launched into space with the hope to land men on the moon.

·               July 19, 1863 – During the Civil War, Union troops made a second attempt to capture Fort Wagner near Charleston, S.C. The attack was led by the 54th Massachusetts Colored Infantry and marked the first use of black Union troops in the war.

·               July 20, 1969 – Apollo 11 astronauts made history when the first man is landed on the moon, and Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldren became the first humans to set foot on the moon.

·               July 21, 1898 – Guam was ceded to the United States by Spain.

·               July 22, 1934 – John Dillinger’s crime career ends in a shootout with FBA agents.

·               July 24, 1945 – At the conclusion of the Potsdam Conference, a demand for unconditional Japanese surrender was made.

·               July 25, 1898 – During the Spanish-American War, the U.S. invaded Puerto Rico.

·               July 25, 1952 - Puerto Rico becomes a self-governing commonwealth of the United States.

·               July 26, 1944 – The U.S. Army began desegregating its training camp facilities.

·               July 27, 1909 - Orville Wright and Frank Lahm set the worlds airplane record for flight by two men.

·               July 27, 1953 – The Korean War ended with the signing of the Armistice at Panmunjom, Korea.

·               July 28, 1932 – Federal troops under order of President Hoover forcibly disperse the “Bonus Army” of approximately 17,000 World War I veterans who had gathered in Washington, D.C.

·               July 29, 1945 – Japanese submarine I-58 sinks the American cruiser Indianapolis, killing 883 seamen in the worst loss in the history of the U.S. Navy.

·               July 30, 1965 – The Social Security Act was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Papas Toybox has and will continue to locate, purchase, and bring to our customers an ever-growing assortment of quality, economically priced U.S. Military Surplus dating from the Spanish-American War to the present. Our selection of WW1, WW2, Korea, and Vietnam gear continues to grow as we search everywhere to bring product to our customers. With the recent agreement to purchase the estate listed above, we are expanding our selection of knives, bayonets, etc. to include worldwide items.

Thank you for being our customer.

Papa and Boss Lady