Dough Boy Soldier Coin Bank Made By The Grey Iron Casting Co 1914-1918

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Dough Boy Soldier Coin Bank, Wearing a Uniform, Cast Iron, Made By The Grey Iron Casting Co, 1914-1918.

 

                                                    

              Picture Of U.S Dough-Boy Soldier In Full Uniform WW1

 

It’s unknown exactly how U.S. service members in World War I (1914-18) came to be dubbed doughboys, the term most typically was used to refer to troops deployed to Europe as part of the American Expeditionary Forces, but there are a variety of theories about the origins of the nickname. 

According to one explanation, the term dates back to the Mexican War of 1846-48, when American infantrymen made long treks over dusty terrain, giving them the appearance of being covered in flour, or dough. As a variation of this account goes, the men were coated in the dust of adobe soil and as a result were called “adobes,” which morphed into “Dobies” and, eventually, “doughboys.” 

Among other theories, according to “War Slang” by Paul Dickson the American journalist and lexicographer H.L. Mencken claimed the nickname could be traced to Continental Army soldiers who kept the piping on their uniforms white through the application of clay. When the troops got rained on the clay on their uniforms turned into “doughy blobs,” supposedly leading to the doughboy moniker.

However doughboy came into being, it was just one of the nicknames given to those who fought in the Great War. 

Item Code - PIG3C1611CFA

Width: 2 3/8"  Height: 6 7/8"  Depth: 2 1/4"  Weight: 520 g


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