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Uniform | Met Museum | c. 1948
The gas station attendant’s uniform is well executed and extremely functional in design. The below pockets offer additional space for necessary tools or equipment the attendant might need to carry, while the high collar protects against the elements. The three hats serve different purposes, depending on the job as well as the weather. Additionally, the sleeves are hemmed and close with a snap, allowing the wearer to move freely while working.
Military Uniform | Metropolitan Museum | c. 1944
The Cadet Nurse Corps was created by Congress in 1943 to help alleviate the nursing shortage at home and abroad during the Second World War… . The uniforms were considered an important recruiting device and were designed by a process that included leading fashion designers and editors… . This example, manufactured by J.C. Penney, was given to the collection by Lucille Petry, RN, former director of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps.
Military Uniform | Metropolitan Museum | c. 1916-1918
The Women’s Motor Corps of America provided a way for women to participate in the First World War. Taking advantage of the advent of the automobile, women volunteered as drivers and provided transport services at home and abroad. This ensemble, with its Sam Brown belt and leather leggings, emulates the composition of the men’s uniform at the time.
Military Uniform | Metropolitan Museum | c. 1918
The language of the Naval Reserve Act of 1916 stated that among those eligible to serve were “all persons who may be capable of performing special useful service for coastal defense.” That lack of specificity allowed for the enlistment of women, who began to join the service in 1917. This naval reserve ensemble was worn by a Yeoman (F)-an enlisted rank popularly called Yeomanette. The rank predominantly involved secretarial and clerical work but could also include other duties such as recruiting, translating and designing.
Military Uniform | Met Museum | c. 1863
This military ensemble of Portuguese make, dates to the Civil War. Cut in the style of the period, its European manufacture suggests the possibility of foreign imports for the North during that time.
Military jacket, British | Met Museum | c. 1862
The initials on the epaulettes of this naval jacket stand for Medical Service. The title was replaced in 1872 with M.D. (Medical Department). The length on the epaulettes distinguishes rank, in this case the 2.5-inch length indicates the rank of assistant surgeon. It was worn by Leonard C. McPhail in about 1862.
Military Coat, American | Metropolitan Museum | c. 1775-1783
This example of a uniform jacket worn by an officer during the American Revolution is completely hand-made. Owned by Col. William Taylor, it shows a significant amount of wear. Color, style and number of buttons are among the features used to identify one’s military unit, or regiment, in this case Connecticut Regiment 1776.
Military Ensemble, American | Metropolitan Museum | c. 1776-1783
According to the donor, this ensemble was worn by Obedeak [sic] Herbert, a Continental Naval Admiral of the Revolutionary War. This form of jacket, the tail coat, persisted first, as men’s everyday wear and, later, as formal attire throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. The epaulettes retain sense of delicacy and refinement as handmade objects. The silk on the underside is padded and sewn into a roll at the edge to enhance the shape of the tassels as they fall over the shoulders. The tape on the other end is meant to tie into corresponding studs on the shoulders of the jacket. The phrase on the medallion of the bicorne, “E Pluribus Unum” (translated as “Out of Many, One”) was submitted by the committee Congress as part of a design for the seal for the United States of America in 1776, which, upon revisions, was passed as the official seal in 1782. The phrase was considered the motto of the United States until 1956 when it was replaced with the motto, “In God We Trust.”
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