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Wanted: Photographs of troops and civilians making craft objects in contexts of wars, 20th-21st centuries

For my current book project, I am looking for photographs of troops making craft objects to cope, heal or rehabilitate from injury or trauma associated with wars of the 20th and 21st centuries. I am also looking at civilians making craft to cope and to send items to troops in training or abroad. By craft, I mean objects made mainly by hand, using clay, fibers, metals, wood, and paper, and that tend to be valued for their hand-made properties in contrast to machine-made mass produced and distributed consumer goods. With thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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Comment by Jennifer Way on December 28, 2021 at 18:43

Thank you! all best wishes for a happy new year

Comment by Jamie Carstairs on December 28, 2021 at 17:48

Ok, will do, likely to be ready in mid-January. Jamie

Comment by Jennifer Way on December 28, 2021 at 15:22

Hi, Jamie, thanks for sending this picture, which is so interesting. Yes, I would love to see a digital image. Thank you for your kindness! Jennifer

Comment by Jamie Carstairs on December 28, 2021 at 11:47

Hello Jennifer, If of interest, I have a post card, captioned ' AN OLD CRIPPLED SOLDIER MAKING WOOLWORK PICTURES', published in 'The Star Series', by G.D. & D., London. The post card includes a message on the back with a date (26th June 1912)  and is also post marked 26 June 1912. Here's a poor quality reference snap (taken with a mobile phone). If you like, I can digitise properly? Best wishes, Jamie

Comment by Anne Strathie on December 22, 2021 at 0:08

My pleasure, hope your project goes well ... I didn't realise you were in Texas, but hopefully the archives people will be helpful!

Comment by Jennifer Way on December 21, 2021 at 17:03

Thank you so much, Anne Strathie! This material is very interesting.

Comment by Anne Strathie on December 21, 2021 at 9:41

Hello, Jennifer, I don't know if you've come across the Erskine organisation in Scotland. It's now run as a care home, but when I looked it up I found this blog article which suggests there may be some digitised photographs which may be the kind of thing you're looking for. https://blog.archiveshub.jisc.ac.uk/2017/06/02/archives-of-the-ersk... - it was very well known when I was growing up in Scotland, particularly as Haig of Poppy Appeal fame was also from Scotland. All the best with your research. Anne

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