Booklet - 'Knitting for the Forces', Coles, 1939-1945 Document Reg. No: HT 3014

Black and white booklet titled 'Knitting for the Forces'. Cover features painted image of cheerful-looking army, navy and air force personnel. Includes patterns for three pillovers, a cardigan, balaclava, mittens, socks, scarf and skull cap.

During World War II, families on the 'home front' were encouraged to make useful items for the military forces, particularly knitted clothing. This had a two-fold purpose: it provided a supply of homely and practical clothing for the forces, and it gave anxious people at home something to focus on, and a sense that they were making a contribution.

In this case, the booklet also promoted G.J. Coles stores, where the knitter could buy Coles brand wool.
Black and white booklet. Cover features painted image of army, navy and air force personnel, looking cheerful and sturdy. Some creasing in upper right of front page.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 18.10 cm (Height), 12.10 cm (Width)

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Tagged with: advertising, australian military forces, handcrafts, home fronts, knitting, wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945, war knitting
Themes this item is part of: Clothing & Textiles Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Civilian Life
Tertiary Classification: home production
Inscriptions: Printed on cover: 'COLES / PRESENT / "Knitting for the Forces" / Containing Complete Kintting / Instructions for...... / 3 PULLOVERS, 1 CARDIGAN, / BALACLAVA, MITTENS, / SOCKS, SCARF, SKULL CAP'.
Organisation Named: G.J. Coles & Co Ltd, 1939-1945

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