Hot off the wire and Exclusive to The Joe Report…
After waiting for several years, long-time GIjOE fan and collector, Matt Babek, was recently notified by officials at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, that the vintage GIjOE Action Soldier he had given them is now on official display.
Babek’s GIjOE has been transitioned from being one person’s plaything to a VERY special public representative. The painted-hair Army figure has been positioned “front and center” inside of a large, glassed-in display case, adjacent to a vintage Barbie. During regular museum hours, Matt’s Joe can be seen standing at perfect attention, eager to greet his visitors. Here’s how Matt describes the events…
“I’m a longtime vintage GIjOE collector. Back in the mid-90’s, I heard that GIjOE was in the Smithsonian. I did some research and found out that they only had a fuzzy-haired Joe from the 1970’s.
I contacted the Smithsonian to let them know that I thought they should also have an original, 1964 painted hair GIjOE in their collections and that I would be willing to donate one.
After several months of letters and pictures, in 1996, I was very pleased to learn that the Smithsonian had accepted my gift of an original GIjOE boxed Action Soldier into their permanent collections.
I was recently notified by them that the GIjOE is currently on display in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. They sent me a few pictures which I have attached for you. Thanks”
Our heartiest congratulations to Matt and his entire family. His generous gift of one of his personal GIjOEs has become a “one-in-a-million” action figure. We’re sure this Army Joe will faithfully execute his new duties, to the best of his abilities, for generations to come. Hooah!