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Catalog Number 1992.095.004
Description Cotton Bandage, c. 1941-1946. Piece of white cotton sheeting, part of World War II materials. The sheet has a single horizontal line of stitching.
Object Name Bandage
Collection 3D - Medical & Psychological Tools & Equipment
Title Cotton Bandage, c. 1941-1946
Date c. 1941-1946
Creator Unknown
Role Fiber Artist
Inscription Text none
Provenance During WWII, donor's mother, Mrs. Catherine Eckhardt, served as a Red Cross Block Captain in her neighborhood. She lived at 242 Elm St., San Mateo. She kept stretchers, bandages and other supplies stored in her garage. Periodically, practice drills were held in the neighborhood. These items were saved for 50 years before being donated to SMCHA.
Notes "Eleven million men and women served in the US military during the war, and they all needed uniforms. This strained the country's supply of fabric, particularly wool, and the garment manufacturing system. Since Japan produced the majority of the world's silk, the war cut off the supply completely. Civilians were encouraged to purchase or make clothing from cotton, rayon, or rayon/wool blends." [ 3/21/2017]
Dimensions H-18.25 W-16.25 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms WWII
World War II
Subjects War
World War II