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

Summary:
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.
Description:
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
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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