New and Unusual Submarine Related Ephemera
Ephemera are printed items that are designed to be used for a brief time (often only once) and then thrown away. Things like this chow pass. Because of their very nature, they are sometimes rare, but also provide a glimpse into the daily routine of the past, a routine that was poorly documented (because it was so mundane) and quickly forgotten.
Here are some other examples, one a beer pass to the Submarine Base Mess (probably in Groton, CT) the other for a Beer Hall at another Submarine Base, probably in Australia.
These items come from the estate of Wendell Mertz, who was a Motor Machinist Mate Third Class in the submarine service during World War II. These items were donated to AIMM by his grandson.