Sunday, 1 November 2015

Missions to Seamen booklet

From The Manchester Guardian, November 1, 1915. 

“The Missions to Seamen” has recently published a new edition of the little booklet entitled “Ladies’ Work for Sailors”.  It contains instructions for making all the warm comforts which experience has found to be most acceptable to both sailors and soldiers, and for which there will soon be a great demand again as winter approaches.  A copy of this book will be sent free of charge on receipt of a postcard by the secretary, the Missions to Seamen, 11, Buckingham Street, Strand, London, W.C.

[The Missions to Seamen was founded in 1856, and still exists, though now renamed the Mission to Seafarers.  And it still asks for warm knitted items to distribute to seafarers - balaclavas, scarves, gloves and hats  - though now the patterns are posted online.  

An earlier edition of "Ladies' Work for Sailors" (front cover shown below) is in the Richard Rutt Collection, in the Winchester School of Art Library, and can be downloaded from there.]

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