Victory Suits: Part 3
The need for such tight control of everyday objects such as cotton and buttons seems, in a world not under the thrall of war, ludicrous, but was real; regular markets had dried up (you couldn’t buy goods from the enemy), and most production had been turned over to war-time demands.
Kalgoorlie Miner (WA), 28th August 1942 page 2.
In December 1942 only the Red Cross and the Comforts Fund (both whose members knitted for the troops) were allowed to obtain wool coupon free, much to other charities chagrin. Things got so controlled that members were advised to knit a standard 14inch sock instead of the previous 16 inch, to save 2 oz of wool per 3 pairs.
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