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WW1 Red Cross Canteen Worker Uniform

Started by cwnorma , Feb 16 2007 11:38 AM

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#1 cwnorma

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Posted 16 February 2007 - 11:38 AM

Greetings!

I have had several requests to post some WW1 Female uniforms here on the US Militaria Forum. So to get this started (this will be an ongoing series over the coming weeks--until I get tired or run out of women's uniforms) here is an example of the WW1 Red Cross Canteen Service uniform (apron and coif).

This uniform was probably for wear at a stateside canteen. The Red Cross struggled with standardization during the war, and never really achieved it. This uniform is a good representative of the Stateside Red Cross Canteen uniform; a lightweight blue apron of Horizon Blue cloth, and matching coif with horizon blue veil."

It should be noted that variations of the neckline, belt, button on cuffs, general configuration of the coif, etc will almost certainly be noted. Generally speaking, a Canteen Worker uniform should be "horizon blue" however, I have noted them in dark blue, and white. Other colors are certainly possible.

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Close up of the Coif. Note the "A.R.C. Canteen Worker" insignia.

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 11:50 AM

Greetings!


I have had several requests to post some WW1 Female uniforms here on the US Militaria Forum. So to get this started (this will be an ongoing series over the coming weeks--until I get tired or run out of women's uniforms) here is an example of the WW1 Red Cross Canteen Service uniform (apron and coif).

This uniform was probably for wear at a stateside canteen. The Red Cross struggled with standardization during the war, and never really achieved it. This uniform is a good representative of the Stateside Red Cross Canteen uniform; a lightweight blue apron of Horizon Blue cloth, and matching coif with horizon blue veil."

It should be noted that variations of the neckline, belt, button on cuffs, general configuration of the coif, etc will almost certainly be noted. Generally speaking, a Canteen Worker uniform should be "horizon blue" however, I have noted them in dark blue, and white. Other colors are certainly possible.

CanteenWorker2.jpg

Close up of the Coif. Note the "A.R.C. Canteen Worker" insignia.

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Good to see this uniform in color. I've seen this uniform only in black and white photo of ARC in France.

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 06:43 AM

Beautiful uniform Chris! Thanks for the great post, as always.

Mark

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 05:55 PM

Beautiful uniform Chris! Thanks for the great post, as always.

Mark


Mark,

Thanks! Believe it or not, found that one under "vintage" back on ebay before people had a better idea about how the categories worked.

When I got it, it was hemmed up for a child; probably to wear as a costume, (which you can see in the folds around the skirt)

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 06:02 PM

Mark,

Thanks! Believe it or not, found that one under "vintage" back on ebay before people had a better idea about how the categories worked.

When I got it, it was hemmed up for a child; probably to wear as a costume, (which you can see in the folds around the skirt)

Chris


Might not have been a child, my grandmum was wering one of these during WW1 and she was 5 feet on the toes of her feet. It was how she met my grandad:)

Amazing to see it done up so nice though, thanks.

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 02:37 PM

Chris, You certainly must have been pleased with that find! Here's a studio photo that I nabbed off ebay, also several years back. Sure would love to have her canteen worker's uniform, expecially the hat.

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Posted 03 April 2011 - 02:09 PM

Thought this was such a cool uniform that I wanted to bumpt it back to the top again.

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 04:20 PM

Thought this was such a cool uniform that I wanted to bumpt it back to the top again.

Mark,

Just pulled another coif off of ebay:

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WW1 YMCA Canteen Worker Coif



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Posted 16 April 2011 - 06:58 PM

How'd I miss that one?? Oh yeah I'm at the militaria show in Minneapolis. Hardly any WW1 groups out here and definitely no WW1 female items. Beautiful piece Christ!

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Posted 17 April 2011 - 09:47 AM

very nice!
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