Ditty Bags for Sailors
In this posed wartime photograph, two sailors unpack "ditty bags" containing a variety of comforts like knitted socks, books, and chewing gum.
Volunteers made or purchased items to fill these bags, following a list of suggested items useful for daily life aboard ship. Organizations like the Navy League and the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire then arranged for the distribution of these bags to members of the navy and merchant navy.
George Metcalf Archival Collection