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The Portrait

August 15, 2014


WAVES and their commander pose for a portrait. We don’t know much about this photo – the location even isn’t clear.

The photo comes from the National Archives.

Ready for Bed

August 14, 2014


WAVE recruits Joy Shrader, Winifred Smith and Estelle Slominski (left to right) heading to the showers before bedtime during boot camp at Cedar Falls , Iowa, early 1943. Boot camp would move to Hunter College in the Bronx by February of that year.

The photo comes from the National Archives.

August 13, 1942

August 13, 2014


Memos like these went out to prospective WAVE officers shortly after the WAVES were founded on July 30, 1942. Think of it as a “save the date” card – for the military.

The memo is held by the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

The Uniform

August 12, 2014


We showed you the hats. Now here is the rest of the uniform, as WAVES wait to get fitted. The WAVES uniform was designed by the couture designer Mainbocher.

The photo comes from the National Archives.

Hats Hats Hats

August 11, 2014


After yesterday’s comic, we thought you’d like a look at the real thing. WAVES officers and enlisted hats from the World War II-era – plus some gloves.

The photo comes from the National Archives.

Hats Hats Hats!

August 10, 2014


There were lots of different ways to look fetching in the WAVES uniform hat, obvious from this cartoon published in a WAVES Newsletter.

Color Week, Day 7

August 9, 2014


Two WAVES handle control tower duties at Naval Air Station, Moffett Field, California. With the “mike” is Janna Hoffman and Helen Lu Dooley handles the phone.

This week we’re featuring only color World War II-era photos. This photo comes from the National Archives.


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