The American Society of Military Insignia Collectors
(ASMIC) is the oldest and largest organization of
collectors of military insignia in the world. Founded in
1937 by a small group of enthusiasts and chartered as a
non-profit organization, today the Society is 'home' to
nearly 2,000 dedicated collectors in the United States
and two dozen foreign countries. Whether you are a
collector of military insignia or a student of heraldry
or military history, whether an expert or novice, you
will find membership in ASMIC educational and enjoyable.
Membership has many advantages.
ASMIC publishes a quarterly journal entitled The Trading
Post and a Newsletter.
"The Post" provides a wide-range of information on many
aspects of U.S. and foreign insignia. Articles from
members, illustrations of both old and new cloth and
metal emblems appear in each issue. New and unusual
patches and distinctive insignia (DIs) are illustrated
in full-color front and back covers. Unidentified Insignia are covered in a
separate column in The Trading Post
The Newsletter brings word of insignia and dress items
for trade or sale via classified and display ads.
Society members rely on the Newsletter to advertise for
insignia they wish to include in their collections and
for announcements of regional and national insignia and
The ASMIC Library contains nearly 1,000 reference
sources available for loan to members. These
publication range from back issues of "The Post,"
identification catalogs published by the Society, books,
and documents concerned with insignia and their
development. Journals of other collector and militaria
organizations can also be borrowed from the ASMIC
ASMIC also possesses over 20,000 line drawings of
military insignia, including detailed descriptions of
known variations. Many of these appear in the Society's
shoulder patch and distinctive insignia identification
catalogs. One of the advantages of ASMIC membership is
that these catalogs are available to members at a
discount. Importantly, membership in the Society also
includes the opportunity to contact over 2,000 other
collectors interested in trading, selling, or "talking"
ASMIC is the source for expertise. Libraries and museums contact us on a continual basis. Most of the articles include reference sources. You will not find articles in which the author says "I think this is what it is" or "Maybe this is what it is". There are other sources of information, but we are the source for:
3) Historical significance, and
These are all qualities that make us what we are and what we are known for and what we "sell". We have a long established reputation bar none, and you can't find what we offer anywhere else.
Can you afford to continue to pay the prices for inaccurately identified insignia when they are still offered for sale?
Recently, we have published new, accurate information that corrects the misidentifications for the following cloth insignia:
1) Japan War Crimes Trials SSI (Scale, three stars, lightning bolt and "sword")
2) 1st Bn, 23rd Infantry PP ("Mountain Goats")
3) 24th Cavalry Division SSI (Rosebud on stirrup)
4) W.A.S.P. SSI (Insect and letters)
We have another one coming up in the April-June 2013 issue, and still another scheduled for July-September 2013. Sure, it's your money - but why allow some dealer(s) to take advantage of you? Educate yourself - you and your wallet will be glad you did.
Membership in the Society is thus well worth the cost of the membership
ASMIC offers a first time 1 year domestic membership discount to adults, students and/or Scouts of $30.
Special attention Scouts - membership will assist you in obtaining your Collector's Merit Badge.
CLICK HERE to join!
ASMIC 2013 Tri-Convention
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