November Monthly Newsletter

November 2021 – Just a little late this month. Dealing with Long Covid has messed me up, but Sue and I are working to deal with it. We took 5 weekends away from the gun show circuit to give me time to focus completely on getting well. Still a work in progress.

November gives us two days to be thankful for, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving.

For the remainder of 2021 we will only be attending Minnesota events, and these are the events we’ll be attending this month. Nov 13th and 14th in Faribault and Nov 20th and 21st at RiverCentre in St. Paul. The MWCA event will be the first they will be holding since the Minnesota State Fairgrounds Board put the big hit on them and no longer allowed them to use the Education Building and Coliseum for Shows. I realize it does cost for parking, but let’s show the anti-gunners they are not going to close the MWCA by attending this event. As far as I know, there are only three other shows in Minnesota during November, Braham the 26th – 27th put on by Crocodile Productions, Cloquet also the 26th & 27th promoted by AC Expos, and Jackson, MN the 27th and 28th promoted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Reserve.

Wisconsin 13 shows shown on the schedule, but are still having events cancelled, such as the Marshfield show the 19th and 20th, so check ahead before traveling over there. Check out for all the upcoming Wisconsin shows and updates.

Iowa has eight shows scheduled for November. Check out for the upcoming Iowa Shows and updates.

Thanks to the hard work of Matt Cooklock and the MWCA team, the MWCA has 8 shows lined up for 2022. We posted the schedule on our Facebook page, and you can see it using this link:

Our collection, and selection of Military Surplus, bayonets, fighting knives, and personal fixed and spring assist knives continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Even if Sue and I both worked 50 hours a week inspecting, inventorying, cleaning/protecting, and pricing everything, it would take us into January to do what’s on hand right now.  We are doing what we can to get this inventory ready for sale and as it is ready, we will be bringing it to the shows and adding it to our website We’ve got our work cut out for us, but “Boss Lady” has taken the reins. We will continue to bring new and unique inventory to the shows we attend and make it available to our customers.

If you are aware of any collections of US field gear, bayonets, fighting knives, or folding or fixed blade knives please reach out to us. We are always on the search for new inventory and greatly appreciate anyone that presents us with the opportunity to purchase more. As always, when Papas Toybox makes an offer on a collection presented to us, we make that offer for the collection in its entirety. We never cherry pick the best and leave you with the rest.

Here is the list of “dates of historical importance” for the United States. Hope you enjoy reading it.

·         Nov. 4, 1892 – Richard Gatling patented his first rapid-fire machine-gun.

·         Nov. 4, 1979 – Iranian militants stormed the US Embassy in Tehran, Iran and took 90 hostages, including 52 Americans.

·         Nov. 6, 1860 – Abraham Lincoln was elected 16th US President and the first Republican.

·         Nov. 7, 1944 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected to an unprecedented fourth term.

·         Nov. 8, 1942 – Operation Torch, the Allied landings in North Africa, began with 400,000 American troops landing.

·         Nov 10, 1775 – The US Marine Corps was established as part of the US Navy.

·         Nov. 11 – Veterans Day in the U.S.

·         Nov. 11, 1918 – The Armistice between the Allied and Axis powers was signed, silencing the guns on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

·         Nov. 13, 1942 – The five Sullivan brothers from Waterloo, Iowa, were lost in the sinking of the cruiser USS Juneau by a Japanese torpedo off Guadalcanal.

·         Nov. 15, 1864 – During the American Civil War, Union troops under General William T. Sherman burned Atlanta.

·         Nov. 19, 1863 – President Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous Gettysburg Address during dedication ceremonies dedicating 17 acres of the Gettysburg Battlefield as a National Cemetery. He delivered his speech in less than 2 minutes.

·         Nov. 20, 1789 – New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.

·         Nov. 20, 1943 – The Battle of Tarawa began in the Pacific during WW2.

·         Nov. 22, 1718 – Blackbeard the pirate was killed off the coast of North Carolina.

·         Nov. 22, 1963 – President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas Texas.

·         Nov. 24, 1863 – The U.S. Civil War Battle of Chattanooga began as General U.S. Grant’s soldiers scaled the heavily fortified Lookout Mountain and overran Confederate General Braxton Bragg’s Army.

·         Nov. 25, 1783 – At the end of the American Revolutionary War, the last British Troops left New York City.

·         Nov. 26, 1789 – The first American holiday occurred, proclaimed by President George Washington to be Thanksgiving Day, a day of prayer and public thanksgiving in gratitude for the successful establishment of the new American republic.

·         Nov. 28, 1943 - The Tehran Conference began, attended by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin.

·         Nov. 30, 1782 – A provisional peace treaty was signed between Great Britain and the United States heralding the end of America’s War of Independence.

Thank you for being our customer.

Papa and Boss Lady

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