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Photo #: NH 85292 (extended caption)
"A Sailor's Sewing Day Reminds Him Keenly of Home and
Mother -- Life on Board a Battleship"
Photograph probably taken on board USS Minnesota (Battleship
# 22), circa 1910, and published on a stereograph card by the
Keystone View Company during the World War I period.
Note other men relaxing and reading. Note "Nick Carter"
magazine in center, and men at right holding a USS Minnesota
cap ribbon. .
See below for the text printed on the original stereograph card's
reverse side, concerning the sailors' "comfort bags"
and other items provided by American women through the Red Cross
and Navy League during World War I.
Courtesy of Commander Donald J. Robinson, USN(MSC), 1975
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
Online Image: 95KB; 630 x 675 pixels
A stereo pair version of this image is available as Photo
# NH 85292-A
Online Image of stereo pair: 74KB; 675
x 355 pixels
Text printed on the reverse of the original stereograph
A Sailor's Sewing Day
Each sailor is expected to keep his clothing in good repair.
Perhaps when he is sewing up a rent in his trousers or darning
his socks he appreciates more than ever before the nimble fingers
and loving heart of mother at home. It is needless to say that
mother would be more than glad to be able to perform these little
services for her boy at sea.
Very likely she has provided him with a "comfort bag"
for his use at sea. These "comfort bags" were made
for our soldiers and marines under the supervision of the Red
Cross Society and other organizations.
The bags were made of washable material, measuring 10 to
13 inches with a draw string at the top. They contained as many
as possible of the following articles: Khaki colored sewing cotton
No. 30; white sewing cotton No. 30; gray darning cotton; package
of needles No. 5; darning needle; needle case; buttons, black
and white, medium size, in bag 3 by 5 inches; large thimble;
blunt pointed scissors; soap; safety pins, medium size; common
pins; small comb; tooth brush; small round mirror; handkerchief;
lead pencil; writing pad; envelopes; post cards; pocket knife;
The Navy League supervised the making of other articles for
the comfort of the sea men. These were sweaters, helmets, mufflers
and wristlets knitted of gray yarn. Units of this league were
formed all over the United States. These units gave out knitting
material to all women who would knit for the soldiers at sea.
If women could not go to war, they could at least do their
bit at home as long as the Navy League, Red Cross and other organizations
were in need of articles which would add to the comfort of the
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23 April 2001