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Description

Grey-blue spun rayon World War II American Red Cross Motor Service uniform. Uniform includes dress, pin, and belt. The American Red Cross Motor Service Corps was developed in World War I, during which over ten thousand women volunteered to deliver supplies and transport the sick and wounded. The Motor Corps continued to serve during the Second World War, this time with over 45,000 women like Virginia Newcomer, who completed rigorous training to volunteer as a transport and supply driver. While women’s uniforms carried some menswear characteristics like a double-breasted closure, patch pockets, and leather belt, their skirts made them distinctively feminine. The fabric of this Motor Corps dress from 1942 may look like wool gabardine, but it is actually a grey-blue spun rayon, a much lighter fabric used in dressmaking. To complete her uniform, Newcomer would have been required to wear a low-heeled black shoe and silk or cotton hose at all times.

Creator

Date

circa 1940s

Materials

Cotton, rayon, metal, leather, brass

Dimensions

15 inches (shoulder), 34 inches (bust), 33 inches (waist), 39 inches (skirt length)

Object ID

1976.54.1a-c

Resource ID

159

Notes

Worn by Virginia Newcomer (1900-1982).

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Frank Newcomer

Digital Publisher

Digital resource provided by the Maryland Center for History and Culture

Rights

This digital image is made available here for private study, scholarship, and research. Commercial and other uses are prohibited without the permission of the Maryland Center for History and Culture. For more information, visit the MCHC’s Reproductions and Permissions web page.