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Dungaree Love

June 28th, 2017

Browsing through photos of female war workers from WW2, I can’t help but lament the loss of the classic, wide legged, high waisted dungaree.

While there are limitless repro and throwback heritage offerings for men (Mister Freedom  and Sugar Cane always deliver) it is nearly impossible to find contemporary trousers for women in this style. Dickies 1922, Carhartt, Levi’s and Filson have produced, on again, off again, trousers for women (with light nods to historic design details). Gamine, a new brand on the block, sells a lovey cinchback trouser, that nearly looks like something you would find in a WPA photograph. However, it is rare to see a major denim brand offering a model that dares to be as audacious in voluminous dimensions, and as high waisted, as those original, government issue trousers. Revisiting a favorite flickr set from from the Library of Congress, 1930-40s in color, to remind myself of what dungarees look like in native environs, as a default (and perfunctory) uniform.

 

From the archives – WWII knitting patterns

April 17th, 2014

During WWII, citizens in the US and UK were encouraged to knit garments for servicemen.  Trolling ebay, I found a sampling of the many patterns for sweaters, mitts, mufflers and socks.  The patterns are timelessly stylish and worthy of reissue.  I’m especially fond of the service cardigan and the marksman’s gloves (which would be perfect for cyclo-commuting).  If you wish to complete your own WWII ensemble, nab one of these ebay patterns or order one from HJS Studio Patterns or the extraordinary  Vintage Knitting Lady.
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From the Archives: Women War Workers

March 17th, 2011
“Chippers.” Women war workers of Marinship Corp, 1942


The U.S. National Archives just released these terrific photos of female war workers from WW II. The images are part of NARA’s Women in WW II series. Original captions are included below.

U.S. Army nurses, newly arrived, line the rail of their vessel as it pulls into port of Greenock, Scotland, in European Theater of Operations.

Secretaries, housewives, waitresses, women from all over central Florida are getting into vocational schools to learn war work. Typical are these in the Daytona Beach branch of the Volusia county vocational school., 04/1942

Women man America’s machines in a west coast airplane factory, where the swing shift of drill press operators is composed almost entirely of women., 05/1942

Auxiliaries Ruth Wade and Lucille Mayo (left to right) further demonstrate their ability to service trucks as taught them during the processing period at Fort Des Moines and put into practice at Fort Huachuca, Arizona., 12/08/1942

With the grade and dexterity of a master dressmaker, this young woman fabricates “pup” tents for the expanding war army at the Langdon Tent & Awning Company., ca. 06/1941

Building assault boats for U.S. Marine Corps. by women workers., ca. 12/1941

Training in marksmanship helps girls at Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles, Calif., develop into responsible women. Part of Victory Corps activities there, rifle practice encourages girls to be accurate in handling firearms., 08/1942

Heritage military uniforms for women

May 21st, 2009

Auxilary Fire Service
Auxilary Territorial Service
Red Cross Officers’ Outdoor Uniform
Volunteer’s uniform in the A.T.S.
Auxilary Fire Service

Mechanised Transport Corps

W.V.S

Auxilary Air Force (Officer’s Uniform)

Women’s Voluntary Service

Land Army

From the archives of the Illustrated London News, here are some WWII uniforms for the women’s auxilary service (“its members attend to cooking–their most important work—stewarding, all kinds of clerical work, motor driving, coding, and also serve as telephonists”).

Some of these uniforms, and accessories, seem ready for re-issue by History Preservation Associates (“Linking You With the Past”). My personal favorite is the Land Army ensemble (buckets, brogues and breeks).



Badges

Air-raid shelter provisions

Mathematics in action