Original U.S. WWII Homefront Civil Defense Female Air Raid Warden Helmet and Uniform Set With Mannequin - Formerly A.A.F. Tank Museum Collection
Original Items: Only One Set Available. This is an incredible, “ready to display” uniform set, complete on a female mannequin. The uniform is of a WWII period service uniform belonging to woman Civil Defense Air Raid Warden from New York State. The complete uniform consists of an original Civil Defense marked whistle, matching service hat and skirt, purse with carry strap, a small photo and glove. There is a Civil Defense pin above the left pocket and a New York Civil Defense shoulder patch. On the lower left sleeve has 2 service stripe style hash marks, more than likely denoting 6 months of service. The tank museum added a correct style Civil Defense helmet, a pair of Oxford style shoes and a correct color of stockings to complete the outward appearance.
The uniform came to us from the American Armoured Foundation, Inc. Tank and Ordnance Memorial Museum. The AAF Tank Museum was a living memorial dedicated to the Tank and Cavalry soldiers of the world. Before 1981 some of the artifacts that make up the AAF Tank Museum was a private collection belonging to Mr. William Gasser. Mr. Gasser felt that his collection would be beneficial in educating present and future generations to the sacrifices made and the technologies gained during war. Therefore, in 1981 the AAF Tank Museum was established as a non-profit charitable organization, and Mr. Gasser's donated his private collection to the Tank Museum. Mr. Gasser is still active as Volunteer Director and Curator of the Tank Museum and his knowledge of military history has been a great asset to the museum. Unfortunately after 20 years of operation it had to close its doors, which is when this uniform was acquired.
The overall condition of the set is quite nice and it literally comes ready for display!
Office of Civilian Defense was a United States federal emergency war agency set up May 20, 1941, by Executive Order 8757 to co-ordinate state and federal measures for protection of civilians in case of war emergency. Its two branches supervised protective functions such as blackouts and special fire protection and "war service" functions such as child care, health, housing, and transportation. It also created the Civil Air Patrol. The agency was terminated by Executive Order 9562 of June 4, 1945. The Office of Civil Defense with similar duties was established later.
Fiorello La Guardia was the first head of the office, succeeded in 1942 by James M. Landis, followed in 1944 by General William N. Haskell. While the agency only had a paid staff of 75, it supervised and coordinated the efforts of civilian volunteers estimated to have topped 11 million. Volunteer tasks included firefighting and air-raid preparedness. Children, under adult supervision, could volunteer in the Junior Citizens Service Corps, and were especially helpful in wartime scrap drives.
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