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Pages from a printed publicity piece published by the American Wool Council, 1450 Broadway, NY, NY; "Text Assembled from Reports of the United States Army and Navy." P. 1 - Cover; P.2 - "The Army and Navy Agree: Wool Has No Substitute"; P.3 - Spread…

Extract from Imperial Economic Committee document: Quotation at length from the Frankfurter Zeitung of 24 March 1939. "Further Improvement in Industrially Produced Textile Materials"

Memo - Cover letter to a secret report on German substitute and synthetic fibres. The report itself (one page reproduced herein) covers more than just the staple rayon industry.

P.2 of Japanese government document regarding trade agreement with Australia, detailing sticking points as to export restrictions on rayon staple (i.e. wool-like) fabrics. This page continues Japan's arguments in favor of allowing greater quantities…

An excerpt from a document by the US' organization The Textile Alliance; this page focusing on shipping troubles of getting wool from South Africa (unrestricted by the British) to the US.

Edith Cox wrote the Australian PM to express her views that rayon was not a suitable substitute for wool in clothing; that their had been many deaths already because of rayon's flammability; and that Australian wool would keep British citizens safer…

Japanese government offer of guaranteed purchase of certain number of bales of Australian wool, in return for which they wish Australia to purchase a certain number of yards of their own rayon staple fiber cloth, weighing above 3 oz. per yard,…

Typescript of cable describing shipment approved of wool shoddy to mill in Shanghai, November 1941. Question now is whether the shoddy was for use by the Chinese government or the Japanese?

Typescript of cable describing Japan's prohibition of wool for civilian use in order to divert wool to export trade; a result of the conflict with China. NB: Diversion of wool to exports probably in order to earn hard currency necessary to support…




Photo of Julius Forstmann, 1871-1939. The German-born Forstmann was the owner of Forstmann & Huffman, an important wool manufacturing concern in New Jersey. The company was known for fine fabrics - suit and dress goods.

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Boy’s Suit with Ribbon, “My Father was a Soldier,” ca. 1865
Wool and silk
Jacket length: 15" (center back); Pants length: 16" (waist to hem)
Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, Georgia

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Blue wool blanket, stained and worn. Used by US Army Air Corps 2nd Lt. Francis D. "Mack" McCarroll as a POW in LuftStalag III between 1943 and 1945.,

2 women work in room full of bales and containers of rags, sorting by color and type



Photograph of male and female workers handling and cutting pattern pieces from sheepskins to make mackinaws, jerkins, and coats for the US Government during WWI. Taken at the Wyman Partridge Co., Minneapolis, Minnesota.. Cutting thousands of pelts…

Workman guides electric knife through stacks of cloth laid out with pattern piece outlines for US Army uniforms

Male worker bends over cutting table to place pattern pieces and mark the cutting lines of the top layer of cloth for a stack.

Woman using powered cutting machine to cut stripes of wool bunting for flags


2 men work at opposite sides of a long table, measuring cloth. Tied bolts in background.

Keystone stereograph of man sorting wool surrounded by baskets and boxes

Photograph of men and boys (possibly two of them Asian men) washing wool fleece. Australia. Photo numbered 222. Kerry. Sydney

Photograph of wool pressing and branding room with three male workers loading wool into bale press and stencilling the bales

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Photograph of wagon loaded with wool bales, pulled by 14 bullocks. Hilly landscape in background, one worker stands at the head of the first team.

Photograph of scattered bones of sheep over pasture land

Photograph of bare land, grazed to the roots, 1945
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