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Vintage Fashion: Uniforms

Maid's Dress, 1880. England. Servant dress in a dark blue calico with small white dots.

Manchester City Galleries - Clothes for Work

Cook in uniform.

House maid, 1900s, Auckland, New Zealand.

Inmagic DB/Text WebPublisher PRO: 1 records

1917-1919 U.S. Army Nurse’s Outdoor Uniform.

Fashions From History

1945: Chief Officer Margaret L Cooper, Deputy Director of the Women's Royal Indian Naval Service (WRINS), with Second Officer Kalyani Sen, at Rosyth during their two-month study visit to Britain. Note draped uniform skirt that Officer Sen is wearing. Via the Imperial War Museum.


A maid in uniform, holding a rug-beater.

Historical Pictorial

1943-1946 Woman’s military uniform, Women’s Army Air Force.

PastPerfect for the Web, 2008 edition

Wool W.A.V.E.S. (U.S. Women's Naval Reserve) uniform, by Mainbocher, American, 1942. Skirt, jacket, and white cotton blouse, worn with navy and white cap.

Mainbocher | Uniform | American | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Circa 1916-1918 uniform. The Met says: The Women’s Motor Corps of America provided a way for women to participate in the First World War. Taking advantage of the advent of the automobile, women volunteered as drivers and provided transport services at home and abroad. This ensemble, with its Sam Brown belt and leather leggings, emulates the composition of the men's uniforms at the time. Via ornamentedbeing.

Roza Shanina, WWII sniper, 1944. Despite what these women are doing and the potentially violent tasks they are fulfilling, the uniform still demands some reference to their gender to separate them from their fellow soldiers.

Uniform of contract surgeon, US Army, in the Smithsonian. Blog: Women in uniform, World War I edition.

Women in uniform, World War I edition - O Say Can You See?

Yeoman (F) Uniform: The Naval Reserve Act of 1916 did not specify gender for members of the Naval Coast Defense Reserve, and the navy began enlisting women in March. While most women were in secretarial or clerical jobs, other skills needed included telegrapher, draftsman, translator, mess attendant, ship camouflage designers, and recruiting agents.

The Price of Freedom: Yeoman (F) Uniform

Far right woman is Canadian. The two women on the left side are wearing American uniforms.

Ladies in WWII - Page 6

Left to right: Sisters Ellen, Evelyn, Dorothy, and Florence Gahm, all served during WWII. Ellen (24),was a private first class in the WAC, at the Cushing General Hospital (Framingham,MA); Evelyn (18) attended the University of Colorado, then received training at Colorado General Hospital as a cadet nurse; Dorothy (23) had been a teacher in Sterling before joining the MCWR at Cherry Point, NC; Florence (21) was an aviation machinist's mate, second class in the WAVES.

During World War II over 150,000 women served in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) or Women's Army Corps (WAC). This jacket was worn by SSGT Margaret C. Frank, WAC, who was assigned to Eighth Air Force in England as a telephone operator from 1943 to 1945.

The Price of Freedom: Summer WAC Jacket