I've had this box for quite some time. Over the years, I have seen one or two pop up from time to time, so this one is not a one off unique piece. I was told these shoe shine kits were constructed after WWI using US Vickers ammo boxes and given to US Doughboys when they were mustered out of the service. I have heard that the War Department made them so out of work ex-Doughboys cold shine shoes for a few pennies on the streets of US cities. Then I heard they were commercially made and sold. Does anyone know what the truth about them really is?