This is a neat old celluloid pinback from the WWII home front war effort to assist Britain in the early days of the war. It is a 3/4 inch diameter pinback with the Bundles for Britain logo of the two flags on the front that was sold as part of the fundraising effort for the Bundles for Britain organization. It was started in 1940 by Natalie Wales Latham as a knitting circle in a store front in New York City. They made and sent socks, gloves, hats, sweaters, and scarves to Britain. Within 16 months, Bundles grew into a relief organization with 975 branches which by the spring of 1941 had delivered 40,000 sleeveless sweaters, 10,000 sweaters with sleeves, 30,000 scarves, 18,000 pairs of seaboot stockings, 50,000 pairs of socks, and 8,000 caps.
By 1941, Bundles had also shipped ambulances, surgical instruments, medicines, cots, blankets, field-kitchen units, and operating tables, along with used clothing of all sorts. Mrs. Latham was recognized for this wartime effort, being invested by King George VI as an honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1946, the first non-British subject to receive this honor.
The front of the pin is in very good condition, but there is some rusting/discoloration on the inside back. On the edge, its marked with what I believe reads Economy Novelty and Printing.
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WWII Bundles for Britain Pin Celluloid Pinback War Effort Home Front Fundraising Union Jack American Flags Button