New Shelving for Military Aircraft & Armor, Carriers, and Non-Carrier Types

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One of my favorite down time activities, literally”puttering in the study”, is rearranging books on the study’s approximately 130 shelves spread across 19 mostly themed “stacks”. Given the regular growth in the military and naval history stacks, there is a distinct need to move books – especially out of naval history – on a regular basis, wherever possible.

In recent years, the growth of Pacific War-related books has meant creating separate theater stacks in military in order to export three linear feet of books, but there’s still a shelf for the naval war under naval.

To gain another foot of space in Naval, I decided today to move naval aircraft from the naval stack to the military history stack, where they will join other military aviation and armor on a dedicated shelf (RED).

That then gave me enough room to separate noncarrier types (battleships, cruisers, destroyers and landing craft) (GREEN) from carriers, which freed up space for a dedicated carriers shelf (BLUE) as well as space on the bottom stack for general naval history.

I have also noticed recently that I have trouble locating my non-US military books, especially German aircraft and armor – are they under military or in the. French/German/British stack? Foreign navies share a stack in naval history – so I know where the books on the Bismarck would be – but other military books have been in the French/British/German partial stack (two shelves over a door) which was moved out of World History a couple of years ago due to the increasing load of ancient and European history books I’ve accumulated on our travels. Except British aircraft are still with the non-naval aircraft under military – as are Japanese (okay, there’s just one and only since yesterday, but still).

Obviously this inconsistency is a serious problem, so I moved German (and the single Japanese) aircraft and armor to the military aviation/equipment shelf. So anything dealing with tanks or planes is in one location. Eventually when this shelf gets overcrowded I’ll probably move German, British, and French aviation and equipment to the GBF shelves and try to back some of the medieval history on the British shelf to World History (which is doable) but for now there is room.

But until then, Winnie can look down on the Germans and the French sharing a little more space. As he would consider appropriate from the splendid isolation of the shelf reserved for the accomplishments of the British Empire, including a tiny Guardsman and Spitfire.

Yes, of course the Dune movie popcorn bucket is on the Frank Herbert shelf under science fiction. Where else would you put it?

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Michael C. Smith

Marshall, Texas lawyer. I post on things that attract my interest while puttering in my study. Mostly family, books, home, history, World War II and scale modeling.
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