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cool! What are the medal ribbons?

 

I don't have any i dea yet. I am trying to research this uniform but not much info in the net. I'm just a year in collecting women's uniform and don't have much time researching a lot of things like ribbon bars....the vey nice people here in this forum are always ready to help whenever i got questions and i appreciate that a lot.

Here's a close up pic, maybe one or two can help us...

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I don't have any i dea yet. I am trying to research this uniform but not much info in the net. I'm just a year in collecting women's uniform and don't have much time researching a lot of things like ribbon bars....the vey nice people here in this forum are always ready to help whenever i got questions and i appreciate that a lot.

Here's a close up pic, maybe one or two can help us...

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Hi fraukriegbaum, nice looking grouping you have there, I was looking at your photograph of the buttons, can you confirm for me that they are gold painted wooden buttons.

 

I think this uniform and the insignia is shown in a reprint manual done by George Peterson of National Capitol Historical Sales, he used to be based in Springfield Virginia, if that's of help. ' American Women At War in WorldWar II, Vol I ' It's a thick book all about womens uniforms but only a couple of pages relate to yours.

 

Cheers ( Lewis )


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Nice uniform!

 

I have the book mentioned above. It is largely about the WAC and ANC, but it does have a section in the back featuring other services. These uniforms are also featured in Dressed for Duty Volume I by Jill Halcomb-Smith. I will look this evening and see if perhaps the ribbons are identified.

 

AWVS was a very large nationwide organization during WWII. Lots of celebrities were members. Here's a shot of Hattie McDaniel (Gone with the Wind) in uniform:

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Outstanding conditioned uniform! So many of these were manufactured with

substandard dyes at the time (wartime shortage) that most have a tendency

to turn plum coloured, as opposed to their original blue/gray.

 

If you haven't looked back into this forum's archive, at the enclosed link you'll

find a 2007 posting I made showing two of my AWVS uniforms.

 

http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/ind...showtopic=11776

 

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Okay, checking out Dressed for Duty here is some more info on AWVS:

 

The AWVS was divided organizationally: Motor Transport, Hospital Aid, Salvage Depot (supervising collection of scrap paper), Clerical Workers (they staffed OCD, State War Savings Staff, Draft Boards, and War Bond offices), Production Committee (selling war stamp corsages, making helmets & brassards for OCD), Training Classes - Food Series (training women in nutrition), Communications, Defense Photography, and Junior Auxiliary.

 

A location tab was sometimes worn under the uniform patch. (As on your uniform.) The uniform came in a blue fabric and a flecked denim-type blue, and existed in both winter and summer weights. It was worn with either a white or light blue cotton shirt and a navy blue tie. The visor cap had a colored band which indicated the wearer's status.

 

The cobalt blue with red stripe collar tabs on your uniform indicate members serving as administrators or on a unit executive committee. (This is a pre-1943 uniform.) A gray service stripe was awarded to members for each year of service and was worn on the lower left sleeve.

 

Celebrity members included Veronica Lake (her uniform bore a "Hollywood" location tab) and Joan Bennett.

 

I did not find information on the ribbons pictured. I am curious if there are any chevrons sewn/embroidered on the uniform's epaulets?

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Miscellaneous AWVS Material.

 

This page and the next were originally posted by HHBOOKER2 in a different topic.

They are excerpts from 1943 American Women in Uniform by Mary Steele Ross P24-25.

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This is the epaulet region of one of my uniforms (this particular one has faded to a nearly plum colour due to the substandard

dyes available on the civilian market. ). This is to show the chevrons which denote time of service.

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Contrary to what I wrote previously, the chevrons on the epaulets denote rank, not time of service.

TOS is on the bottom of the sleeves.

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Hi fraukriegbaum, nice looking grouping you have there, I was looking at your photograph of the buttons, can you confirm for me that they are gold painted wooden buttons.

 

I think this uniform and the insignia is shown in a reprint manual done by George Peterson of National Capitol Historical Sales, he used to be based in Springfield Virginia, if that's of help. ' American Women At War in WorldWar II, Vol I ' It's a thick book all about womens uniforms but only a couple of pages relate to yours.

 

Cheers ( Lewis )

 

Yes Lewis. They are gold painted wooden buttons, all there and intact.

 

Thanks for the info. :)

I will try to find the book....

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Okay, checking out Dressed for Duty here is some more info on AWVS:

 

The AWVS was divided organizationally: Motor Transport, Hospital Aid, Salvage Depot (supervising collection of scrap paper), Clerical Workers (they staffed OCD, State War Savings Staff, Draft Boards, and War Bond offices), Production Committee (selling war stamp corsages, making helmets & brassards for OCD), Training Classes - Food Series (training women in nutrition), Communications, Defense Photography, and Junior Auxiliary.

 

A location tab was sometimes worn under the uniform patch. (As on your uniform.) The uniform came in a blue fabric and a flecked denim-type blue, and existed in both winter and summer weights. It was worn with either a white or light blue cotton shirt and a navy blue tie. The visor cap had a colored band which indicated the wearer's status.

 

The cobalt blue with red stripe collar tabs on your uniform indicate members serving as administrators or on a unit executive committee. (This is a pre-1943 uniform.) A gray service stripe was awarded to members for each year of service and was worn on the lower left sleeve.

 

Celebrity members included Veronica Lake (her uniform bore a "Hollywood" location tab) and Joan Bennett.

 

I did not find information on the ribbons pictured. I am curious if there are any chevrons sewn/embroidered on the uniform's epaulets?

 

Hello Fortworthgal,

There's no chevron on the epaulet. There is a gray bar on the left lower arm of the dress uniform. The work dress is also with the gray bar on the left side arm. Other than that, there is a patch that says "Chairman."

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I have some of those 'place' tabs! (The Arcs worn on the left sleeve under the 'SSI'). Always wondered what they were for, now I know!


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After having a double bypass this past year, it's time to downsize and pass along much of my 'stuff'. I've had my fun, now it is someone elses turn.

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I have some of those 'place' tabs! (The Arcs worn on the left sleeve under the 'SSI'). Always wondered what they were for, now I know!

 

Hello Jason,

 

I collect women uniforms BUT with very little knowledge of insignia's/bars and all the abbreviation terms like SSI. Can you please tell me what is SSI?

I'm sorry if i'm kind of ignorant still on these things.

 

Frau Kriegbaum

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Oops! Sorry. "SSI" means "Shoulder Sleeve Insignia". No worries.


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After having a double bypass this past year, it's time to downsize and pass along much of my 'stuff'. I've had my fun, now it is someone elses turn.

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