War time and what families did. Reproduced in this intriguing collection, these government pamphlets included tips on recycling curtains into dresses and instructions for turning old sheets into underwear. Covering darning, patching, knitting, and more, this is a nostalgic look at the innovative thriftiness of the 1940s.
She knits for the troops while selling papers - 18-March-1941. Mrs. Emily Lawrence of Islington, London, known to all as Emily, has been selling newspapers at the Aldwych tube pitch for the last 14 years, and now she has added knitting to her activities. She knits at every odd moment while selling her papers, and so far the troops have two pairs of socks a week and pullovers, Emily's regular output. (Photo by Planet News Archive/SSPL/Getty Images)