One reason Merrily Kurtz selected the Navy was because of the fashionable Mainbocher-designed uniform.
We had measurements and tried them on. They came up to us, oh gee! You know, “What size are you?” They’d look at you and give you a size approximately (laughs). I didn’t have to have my altered. They gave me a buxom, and I’m glad. I don’t think that I’m a buxom, but they through I was. Evidently it gave me a little bit more room in the front. I don’t remember having to be altered. Then we got our shoes, and our hose and — it was so cold back in New York. We went in February. You marched everywhere, and the wind blowing off the reservoir was colder than blazes. I don’t know what the temperature was, but it was awful cold.
This photograph shows Merrily Kurtz and another WAVE marching. It comes from the collection of Merrily Kurtz Hewett.