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Catalog Number 1979.078
Description WWII Burlingame Civil Defense Air Warden's armband, c. 1942-1945. The armband is round and curved in shape and is made of brass along the edges with a glossy finish in the back. The armband has brass edges around the front of the armband, which has a blue background with some white bold painted text that reads "BURLINGAME / CALIFORNIA". In between the text "BURLINGAME / CALIFORNIA", there is a white triangle insignia with some orange bold painted text that reads "CD", which is the insignia for the United States Civil Defense Air Raid Warden. On the sides of the armband, there is a brass hole on each side with a black rubber strap that stitched and tied together in the back.
Object Name Armband
Collection 3D - Clothing
Title WWII Burlingame Civil Defense Air Warden's armband, c. 1942-1945
Date c. 1942-1945
Creator Unknown
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "BURLINGAME / CALIFORNIA" (painted in white and bold with a blue background in the middle front of the armband)

"CD" (painted in orange and bold within a white triangle insignia of the United States Civil Defense Air Warden in the middle front of the armband in between the text ""BURLINGAME / CALIFORNIA" )

Notes An air raid warden is "a civilian having special duties during an air-raid alert, as directing people to air-raid shelters." []

"Air Raid Wardens had several main duties that they were trained to perform, which were all very difficult and time consuming tasks. They had to supervise the blackout, and report people to the police who continually ignored it. They had to sound the air raid sirens so that everybody knew that they had to get to the shelter, as well as supervising people getting in and out of the air raid shelters. They also had to check that everybody had their gas masks, and that they were all fitting properly, as well as sounding alerts if there was a gas attack. In addition to this, they also had to evacuate people away from unexploded bombs, and report the bombs and other damage to the warden control center." []

"The Air Raid Warden is chosen carefully. The position of Air Raid Warden may be filled by either a man or woman, provided the person chosen is capable of performing the duties. One of the most important duties is to set an example of controlled activity and cool efficiency under all conditions. Training is given all Air Raid Wardens in gas and fire-bomb defense, first aid, and general organization of air-raid services. The stripes in the insigne of Air Raid Wardens signify "many duties"." [Smith, Cleveland H. and Taylor, Gertrude R. United States Service Symbols. p.97.]
Dimensions H-4 W-4 inches
Search Terms Burlingame
Civil Defense
Civilian Defense
World War II
World War Two
Subjects California history
Civil defense
World War II