The following images show common items that would be found in a  G.I.  foot locker. 

The following images show common items that would be found in a G.I. foot locker. 

WWII Era G.I. Foot Locker.

WWII Era G.I. Foot Locker.

This is what a typical G.I. foot locker would have looked like during WWII. The upper tray would contain the soldier's personal items and toiletries. Below the top tray would be stored underwear, socks, towels, etc.

"Kamp Kit" Shower Kit.

"Kamp Kit" Shower Kit.

Telegram Announcing Child's Birth.

Telegram Announcing Child's Birth.

 

A 1943 dated telegram delivered to a soldier stationed in Casablanca announcing the birth of his son.  It is likely that the recipient of this telegram participated in the invasion of French North Africa, code named Operation Torch.

Soldier's Wallet.

Soldier's Wallet.

A soldier's wallet containing a picture of his wife/girl and his individual pay record.

U.S. Army Identification Card.

U.S. Army Identification Card.

Belonging to Charles L. Schwab.

Simplex Military Razor.

Simplex Military Razor.

Handmade Seabees Trunk.

Handmade Seabees Trunk.

Indelible Ink Marking Kit.

Indelible Ink Marking Kit.

Used for marking clothing with soldier's Army Serial Number and addressing mail.

Chesterfield Cigarettes, lighter and matches.

Chesterfield Cigarettes, lighter and matches.

Handmade Cigarette Case.

Handmade Cigarette Case.

71st and 65th Infantry Divisions with the 5th Infantry Regiment.  The 5th Infantry Regiment was assigned to the 71st Division during WWII.  I believe DLD are the initials of the owner.

Star Spangled Banter by Sgt. Bill Mauldin.

Star Spangled Banter by Sgt. Bill Mauldin.

Published in 1941, Star Spangled Banter depicts the early days of Bill Mauldin's time in the army as a member in the 45th Infantry Division. The cartoons portray life in the barracks and of soldiers training for war.  Additional publications include the Sicily Sketch Book, Mud Mules and Mountains and This Damn Tree Leaks.  Bill Mauldin also did the artwork for News of the 45th and Comix Army Stationery.

"You Kin Take It From Me" Booklet.

"You Kin Take It From Me" Booklet.

This is some of Bill Mauldin's early work while he was in the Army. 

Comical Books.

Comical Books.

Booklets.

Booklets.

Booklets.

Booklets.

Diary.

Diary.

My Buddy Book.

My Buddy Book.

Used for keeping addresses and photos of friends made in the Service.

Game Set.

Game Set.

G.I. Nut Cracker Game.

G.I. Nut Cracker Game.

1943 Torpedo Pinochle Playing Cards.

1943 Torpedo Pinochle Playing Cards.

These cards were issued to soldiers by the American Red Cross and are dated May 5, 1943.

Motion Picture Service Ticket Booklet.

Motion Picture Service Ticket Booklet.

This booklet contains multiple coupons each good for  admission for one to a movie. 

Matchbook.

Matchbook.

Matchbook warning of venereal disease.

Yank Magazines/Bristish Editions.

Yank Magazines/Bristish Editions.

WWII Prophylactic Packet.

WWII Prophylactic Packet.

Dough-Boy Prophylactic.

Dough-Boy Prophylactic.

For the prevention of venereal disease.

Yank Magazine.

Yank Magazine.

Cover art by Sgt. Howard Brodie.

Vargas Pin-Up Girl.

Vargas Pin-Up Girl.

Pin-up girls were a common sight around the barracks and in foot lockers during WWII.

Animated Flip Books.

Animated Flip Books.

When flipped, the women in these books disrobe.

Male Call.

Male Call.

Comic strips.

"Once A Wolf" Personal Record Booklet.

"Once A Wolf" Personal Record Booklet.

Prayer and Sevice Books.

Prayer and Sevice Books.

This kit belonged to a P.F.C. William J. Bernhardt and contains a Service Prayer book and Service Testament.

Hand Painted Card with Ribbons.

Hand Painted Card with Ribbons.

I'm not entirely sure what this item would have been made for.  It is hand painted and depicts a soldier carrying a ladder marked Display Dept.  It is also signed by a Betty Miller and Bill Cassidy.  Dated July 27, 1943.

Religious Items.

Religious Items.

This bible has a steel cover (Heart Shield) which was given to servicemen to carry in their breast pocket.  The idea being that it could deflect a bullet.

Base Message Envelopes.

Base Message Envelopes.

Sewing Kit.

Sewing Kit.

There were various types of sewing kits available to soldiers.  They each contained thread in the various military colors, needles, extra buttons and scissors.  This particular set has been stamped with the soldier's Army serial number...C-4182.

Mirror with pouch.

Mirror with pouch.

A mirror that the soldier has tied a string to so that it can be hung. 

Armed Forces Tin.

Armed Forces Tin.

Button Polishing Kit.

Button Polishing Kit.

Shave Talc, Aspirin, BiSoDol, Kolynos tooth powder and Brushless Shaving Cream.

Shave Talc, Aspirin, BiSoDol, Kolynos tooth powder and Brushless Shaving Cream.

These are examples of toiletries that would be found in a G.I. foot locker. 

Kilroy Was Here Figurine.

Kilroy Was Here Figurine.

No one knows for certain when or where Kilroy originated.  However, during WWII he was frequently seen in the form of graffiti wherever American G.I.'s appeared. 

Shino Shoe Shine Mitt.

Shino Shoe Shine Mitt.

A perfect gift for any soldier.

2nd Infantry Division Booklet.

2nd Infantry Division Booklet.

83rd Infantry Division Book.

83rd Infantry Division Book.

The history of the Thunderbolt Division in Europe during WWII.

Studies on War Book.

Studies on War Book.

1943

Pocket Guide To France.

Pocket Guide To France.

U.S.S. Gilmore 1944 League Champs Photo.

U.S.S. Gilmore 1944 League Champs Photo.

I really like this photo of the U.S.S. Gilmore 1944 league champs. I have no idea what island in the Pacific it is on but I like the color tent, frame and the fact that they're sitting around having a can of beer to celebrate their win.  The U.S.S. Gilmore was a destroyer escort that saw action in the Northern and Western Pacific. 

Joke Box.

Joke Box.

"If You Gotta Go...You Gotta Go!"

Someone penciled in "Sucker!!!" in the top corner.

Soldier Art.

Soldier Art.

Published in 1945, this book is a collection of various artwork done by soldiers in the ETO & PTO during WWII.

Tough Situation Card.

Tough Situation Card.

This is a cleaned up version of the Tough Shit card.  Once you're card is fully punched, you can cry on the Chaplin's shoulder.  Examples of tough situations would be losing a girlfriend, food problems or a lack of promotion.

Soldier's Souvenir Handybook.

Soldier's Souvenir Handybook.

Letter to Movie Star.

Letter to Movie Star.

This is a letter from two Marines of the Second Marine Division requesting a "solid" photograph from the actress Gloria Jean.  Gloria Jean's photo with autograph is on the right.

Button Cleaning Board.

Button Cleaning Board.

With original package.