The NLWS was a strictly voluntary, stateside organization. Despite the organizations voluntary nature, it did enjoy a sort of semi-official status. Although the organization was active nation wide, it really only took root in the major cities of the US like New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. The NLWS was divided into two major categories. The NLWS and the NLWS Motor Corps. There was also a junior division of the NLWS made up of high school age girls.
Women of the NLWS Motor Corps drove ambulances, made official deliveries of war materials, and also assisted police and government agencies. Some women of the NLWS Motor Corps were used to interrogate female detainees at Ellis Island.
After a major explosion of an ammunition factory at Perth Amboy New Jersey, the NLWS Motor Corps conducted the lion's share of the evacuations of wounded factory workers. Many members of the Corps were commended by the city of New York for this service.
The Jacket is olive drab whipcord. The cuffs are pointed (similar to USMC cuffs) but they are piped in emerald green. Note: The Sam Browne is a later (WW2) model, but it is a women's size, and fits on my mannequin. WW1 photographs of women in the NLWS Motor Corps always show them wearing Sam Browne belts.
The hat worn by members of the NLWS. This insignia shows that she was an "assistant" as if she were a driver, the hat would have had the NLWS Motor Corps insignia of a winged wheel. Only women who had earned thier chaufeur's license could wear the winged wheel insignia.
NLWS insignia. In many smaller communities, this was the only uniform item for women in the NLWS. The pin could be worn by any woman in or out of uniform acting under the auspices of the NLWS.
Edited by cwnorma, 09 March 2007 - 04:21 PM.