Out of the Museum

Going old school this week

By: Carol Feineman, Editor
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Where: Beermann Plaza at 640 5th St.

When: Open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays

Free: Donations always accepted

Almost stumped again! Last week’s mystery item was a military-related question and we only received one answer.

So this week, we have an easy mystery item to identity in the hopes of getting more answers.

If you know what this week’s mystery item pictured above is, please send answers to by Oct. 23. Also let us know if you liked using it.


Last week’s mystery item

Larry Lynn: “In regard to this week's mystery item, I had to do a little more research. The item is a Soviet Military Liaison Mission (SMLM) card. During the Cold War, every GI in Germany was issued one. As instructed on the card, they were to report any sighting of a vehicle with plates like the picture noted on the card. A common name for the card amongst the GI’s was a ‘smell um’ (SMLM) card.”

The first Military Liaison Mission (MLM) was in September 1946 by the British and Soviet forces in what was East Germany, according to The missions continued until Oct. 3, 1990 when the two sides of Germany were reunited, according to the U.S. Army’s

Reciprocal agreements between the Allied Nations and the Soviet Union allowed military intelligence staff in each other’s territory in Germany to supposedly monitor and further better relationships between the Soviet and Western occupation forces. Military staff looked for new or modified military equipment, i.e. combat vehicles and aircraft, according to U.S. Army literature, to verify if bilateral agreements regarding troops and equipment were being followed.

Lincoln Area Archives Museum volunteer Bob Carlson donated the SMLNM (Soviet Military Liaison Mission) Sighting/Detention Instructions card he had when stationed in Germany to the downtown museum. To see the Soviet Military Liaison Mission card, visit the museum at 640 5th St. between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. any Tuesday through Saturday.