Since we are coming up on a pretty big anniversary regarding WW2 I thought I would touch on a few things leading up to it. One thing that I have always been interested in was the practice of “Sweetheart grips” by the various servicemen in WW2.
These grips are exactly what the name implies. Grips with pictures of their sweethearts on another type of sweetheart. From what I understand the grips were made by cutting and shaping up pieces of the plexiglass from scraped aircraft or some such and the picture placed underneath. Since the glass was clear you can then of course see the image.
As you can see in the above two pictures, there was a version of doing this but then having the wood grips over top covering the image. The original users of this gun had a picture of his wife on both sides as well as his unit insignia. The 2nd Armor Division. Which by chance also happened to be a unit my Dad belonged to before going into the 4th Infantry Division when sent to Vietnam. It would be very cool to buy an old M1911 and remove the grips to find something like this.