Pictured is a U.S. Navy "Sister" Pillow Cover and a "To My Sweetheart" Pillow Cover from Germany. WWII was a time of heroes. Patriotism was found in the hearts and souls of every American from sea to shinning sea. During WWII there were many keepsakes and novelties made in the United States to help booster morale. Today I'm offering for sale two beautiful serviceman's silk pillow cases both of which are in near mint condition. Most pillow cases if not all were purchased on military bases at home and overseas. One pillow case was sent home for a serviceman's sister and the other was for a serviceman's girlfriend or wife.
The first one was sent from Germany to his sweetheart back home. This exquisite pillow case has beautiful flowing deep red flowers on a off-white background. It reads: "To My Sweetheart, Germany". A simple show of affection for the love of his life. The pillow case measures 20½" by 19¼" and is in near mint condition.
The second pillow case was from a serviceman who was in the Navy. He sent it to his young sister back at home. On the front of the pillow case it reads: "Sister, Nice to chat with. Good to Know; Glad to have her where I go; Kind in trouble. Bright in joy; Suits exactly~~Can't say why; Sweet and wholesome, Always true; That's my sister, Yes, that's you!" He must have loved his sister very much. Around the border of the pillow case is a Heavy Cruiser, Aircraft Carrier, Destroyer, Submarine, Battleship, Airplanes, and The American Eagle with two Navy Anchors. The pillow case measures 16½" by 17 ½". The fringe around the pillow case is 2" long. The pillow case is in near mint condition.
Did you know although they're always called silk pillows cases they were not made from silk. They're made of rayon or acetate and are shiny fabrics that looked like silk. With the outbreak of WWII rationing almost everything went in affect and remained in affect on many items even after the war was over. Silk was not only rationed but was against the law if you made items from silk to sell. You see silk was used in making parachutes and a government regulation number L-85 restricted anyone other then the military from using it. And if a business used it they could be fined or those involved could be sent to jail. Did you know families were given 66 ration coupons toward the purchase of clothing and footwear made from known essential material which a family had to stretch over one year. One more did you knows--ladies would take a black pencil and draw a line on the back of her legs to make it you like she was wearing silk stockings.
Our Greatest Generation of men and women who served during WWII are slowly leaving us. If your dad, mom, grandfather or grandmother were a part of those who defended this great country what a nice gift to surprise them with. Please cherish the time they'll be with you and always when you see a Vet either young or old go give them a big hug and say thank you. God Bless Our Vets!!!
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