Short Snorters (signed banknotes, usually by people travelling on an aircraft) provide a snapshot in time from WWII.

We will continue to add notes to this page and over time we may be able to trace the people and places shown.

If you have any information on these notes or would have JIM short snorters you would like added, please contact us.


Una Merkel - American stage, film, radio, and television actress

New Guinea – Una Merkel has a new angle for autograph hunters. She goes the short-snorter gag one better and gets everybody’s signature when she gives them an autograph. Her roll of bills of all kinds is so long now it trails on the ground.

December, 1943



This note from the The Phillippines in WWII is titled 'Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, 6 March 1945' along with nine signatures. Further investigation may reveal who these courageous people were and of their fate. If anyone can identify any of the names, it would be appreciated. Please feel free to share any short snorters from your collection as well.


Signed by an Australian Soldier.

My dear Hess, Bet you another one this can’t buy you a beer.


From a US Soldier

Jap Money captured at Tacloban, Leyte.

To Mr Doohan, from R.J. Abbott xxxx USNR, Philippines, Oct 20 / 44.