Title: Pay Order, "Eyes for the Navy" program, WWI
Accession #: NHHC 1966-332-A
Size: 8 3/8" x 3 3/8"
Location: Headquarters Artifact Collection, Naval History and Heritage Command
One pay order issued by the Treasurer of the United States to C.A. Bonnell, dated Oct. 19, 1918, for the amount of one dollar. This check was issued to C.A. Bonnell for the use of his binoculars during WWI as part of the "Eyes for the Navy" program. Unable to meet the demand for binoculars, telescopes, and spyglasses aboard American vessels, the Navy created the “Eyes for the Navy” program whereby Americans could loan their navigation instruments to the Navy for the duration of the war. This one-dollar pay order is the “rental fee” paid by the government for the use of Bonnell’s binoculars.