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Background imageComforts Collection: Theres a Long, Long Trail by Mabel Lucie Attwell

Theres a Long, Long Trail by Mabel Lucie Attwell
" Theres a Long, Long Trail A-Winding into the Land of My Dreams." Knitting themed illustration by Mabel Lucie Attwell showing a cherubic little girl knitting comforts for the troops

Background imageComforts Collection: Wrights Coal Tar Soap - WW1

Wrights Coal Tar Soap - WW1
Advertisement for Wrights Coal Tar Soap from the Great War showing a soldier and his wife or sweetheart bidding farewell to each other

Background imageComforts Collection: Interior of the R101 airship

Interior of the R101 airship
Amenities of the giant British airship R101, showing the smoking room, a typical two-berth cabin, and passengers looking down on the lights of a city from the starboard promenade deck

Background imageComforts Collection: Instruction booklet, Knitting for the RAF, WW2

Instruction booklet, Knitting for the RAF, WW2
Cover design, instruction booklet, Knitting for the RAF, World War Two, price one shilling. circa 1940

Background imageComforts Collection: WW2 poster, The Merchant Navy was there

WW2 poster, The Merchant Navy was there! Merchant Navy Comforts Service. Date: 1940s

Background imageComforts Collection: A glamorous female model with her trusty Goblin Teasmade

A glamorous female model with her trusty Goblin Teasmade
A stylish female model wakes up fresh-faced and ready now to face the day thanks to a few sips from a hearty brew prepared by her faithful bedside Goblin Teasmade. How Delicious! Date: 1960s

Background imageComforts Collection: Wagons-Lit company poster

Wagons-Lit company poster
Poster extolling the comforts of travelling by rail when you have luxurious sleeper bunks to relax in

Background imageComforts Collection: COMRADE IN WHITE

COMRADE IN WHITE
The Comrade in White - also known as Jesus - comforts a wounded soldier as he is assisted by a Red Cross officer 1915

Background imageComforts Collection: Baldwins knitting leaflet, WW1

Baldwins knitting leaflet, WW1
Knitted Comforts for Men on Land and Sea - front cover of a booklet published by J & J Baldwin s, yarn manufacturers of Halifax

Background imageComforts Collection: Wrights Coal Tar Soap advertisement, WW1

Wrights Coal Tar Soap advertisement, WW1
Lucky Beggar!...Send a bar to YOUR soldier friend. Advertisement for Wrights coal tar soap with a soldier the envy of all his comrades as he is enjoying a wash with a whole bar sent to him from home

Background imageComforts Collection: Patons knitting wools advertisement, WW1 comforts

Patons knitting wools advertisement, WW1 comforts
Advertisement for Patons Alloa knitting wools during the First World War featuring a Red Cross nurse busy knitting and the words, Every Woman Can Help. Date: c.1915

Background imageComforts Collection: WW2 poster, Merchant Navy Comforts Service

WW2 poster, Merchant Navy Comforts Service
WW2 poster advertising the Merchant Navy Comforts Service, which organised parcels of food, drink, clothing and other comforts during the war. Date: 1940s

Background imageComforts Collection: Mr Peggotty and Little Emily - David Copperfield, Dickens

Mr Peggotty and Little Emily - David Copperfield, Dickens
Mr Peggotty and Little Emily - David Copperfield, Charles Dickens. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageComforts Collection: The NeedleWorker, WW1 knitting with Jessie Pope poem

The NeedleWorker, WW1 knitting with Jessie Pope poem
Page from The Needle Worker from March 1915, advising readers on knitting for men and boys and featuring, The Knitting Song, a poem by Jessie Pope

Background imageComforts Collection: Sara Crewe / Becky / Maid

Sara Crewe / Becky / Maid
Becky the maidservant comforts Sara Crewe when she is orphaned and penniless

Background imageComforts Collection: Boots advertisement WW1 - comforts for the trenches

Boots advertisement WW1 - comforts for the trenches
Boots advertisement warning Remember, there are no Chemists Shops in the Trenches. Their suggestions for comforts to send to men at the front include foot comfort, Meloids for a sore throat

Background imageComforts Collection: Cock o th North wool advertisement, WW1 knitting

Cock o th North wool advertisement, WW1 knitting
Advertisement for Cock o th North knitting wools made by Carter and Parker of Baildon Mills, near Shipley in Yorkshire and ideal for making comforts for soldiers

Background imageComforts Collection: The Old Curiosity Shop, Nell and grandfather in the shop

The Old Curiosity Shop, Nell and grandfather in the shop
The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens, first published in the weekly serial Master Humphreys Clock from 1840 to 1841 and then as its own book in 1841

Background imageComforts Collection: Frederick Gorringe advert - cardigans for soldiers, WWI

Frederick Gorringe advert - cardigans for soldiers, WWI
Advertisement by Frederick Gorringe for wool, khaki cardigans and service scarfs for British soldiers during World War I. The Tommy featured is keen to show off his cardigan and quips

Background imageComforts Collection: Old man comforting crying woman, 1903

Old man comforting crying woman, 1903
Painting by Louisa Starr Canziani (1845 - 1909) depicting an elderly man comforting a crying young woman after seemingly having read a devastating report in a newspaper about an overseas battle

Background imageComforts Collection: Balaclava and sleeping cap knitting patterns, WW1

Balaclava and sleeping cap knitting patterns, WW1
Patterns from a plain helmet or balaclava cap (top) and a sleeping cap taken from a Great War era Baldwins knitting booklet with instructions for knitting various comforts for soldiers at the front

Background imageComforts Collection: Front cover of Beehive knitting pattern booklet for men's socks, hats, balaclavas etc

Front cover of Beehive knitting pattern booklet for men's socks, hats, balaclavas etc, for Royal Navy and Merchant Navy sailors and for the Army Date: 1918

Background imageComforts Collection: Royal Navy, HMS Hood, War Comforts Fund

Royal Navy, HMS Hood, War Comforts Fund
ROYAL NAVY: HMS Hood rare War Comforts Fund charity booklet

Background imageComforts Collection: WW2 Women Sewing

WW2 Women Sewing
This illustration shows four women sat at home, knitting and sewing to assemble comforts for the war services during WW2. Date: circa 1941

Background imageComforts Collection: The Gas Light and Coke Co Advertisement

The Gas Light and Coke Co Advertisement
An advertisement illustration for The Gas Light & Coke Co. promoting the delight and comforts of having a gas fire in Spring. Date: circa 1916

Background imageComforts Collection: The Right of Way

The Right of Way
A landscape painting of a broad countryside setting, with a winding stream trailing off, beside which a mother comforts her son, who seems uncomfortable by the sheep and lambs. Date: circa 1922

Background imageComforts Collection: Artist H. H. Harris at work

Artist H. H. Harris at work
Artist H. H. Harris on a sketching tour in aid of the RAF Comforts Fund. Date: 1940

Background imageComforts Collection: Caricature illustration, Highland Bull with radio aerial, with herdsman listening below

Caricature illustration, Highland Bull with radio aerial, with herdsman listening below. Captioned, Things seen and heard'

Background imageComforts Collection: Apparitions: angels & the ghost of a lover comforts woman

Apparitions: angels & the ghost of a lover comforts woman
The spirit of a dead man, accompanied by two angels, returns to Earth to comfort his surviving lover. Date: circa 1810

Background imageComforts Collection: The Woman At the Knitting Party... by H. M. Bateman

The Woman At the Knitting Party... by H. M. Bateman
The Woman at the Knitting Party Who Dared to Knit Herself a Jumper by H. M. Bateman (while the rest of the group get on with knitting socks and other comforts for serving soldiers). Date: 1940

Background imageComforts Collection: LITTLE WOMEN / JO CRIES

LITTLE WOMEN / JO CRIES
Laurie comforts Jo. Date: First published: 1868

Background imageComforts Collection: Man in Khaki - instructions for knitting socks, WW1

Man in Khaki - instructions for knitting socks, WW1
Instruction sheet contained within the Man in Khaki sock knitting kit, which also came with a sock measure to ensure uniformity from knitters who were making socks for soldiers during the First World

Background imageComforts Collection: Her Excellencys Knitting Book, WW1

Her Excellencys Knitting Book, WW1
Front cover of Her Excellencys Knitting Book, a book of patterns for knitting comforts for troops during the First World War

Background imageComforts Collection: General Santa Claus - WW1Christmas cartoon

General Santa Claus - WW1Christmas cartoon
General Santa Claus distributes the orders of the day. Cartoon in The War Budget shown in a great coat distributing gifts and comforts to Allied soldiers fighting around Europe during Christmas 1915

Background imageComforts Collection: Heil, Cinderella! The Wilton pantomime for the troops

Heil, Cinderella! The Wilton pantomime for the troops
Photographs from Heil, Cinderella, produced by Cecil Beaton in aid of a Comforts Fund for H.M. Forces. The cast include Lady Pembroke and her son Hon

Background imageComforts Collection: Advert for Thermos flasks WW1

Advert for Thermos flasks WW1
Jolly advertisement for Thermos Flasks, an essential accessory to deal with trench life during the First World War. Thermos allows plenty of hot water for shaving

Background imageComforts Collection: Mittens and body belt, WW1 knitting, comforts for troops

Mittens and body belt, WW1 knitting, comforts for troops
Patterns for mittens and a body belt (designed to keep the midriff warm), two items of clothing which could be knitted for soldiers at the front featured in a Great War era knitting booklet published

Background imageComforts Collection: Helmet with cape pieces by Marjory Tillotson, WW1 knitting

Helmet with cape pieces by Marjory Tillotson, WW1 knitting
Pattern from a Baldwins knitting booklet during the First World War for a wool helmet with cape pieces to protect the neck and chest designed by the leading knitting expert

Background imageComforts Collection: Weldons garments & hospital comforts, knitting booklet, WW1

Weldons garments & hospital comforts, knitting booklet, WW1
Be useful in this time of war. Front cover of a Weldons booklet with instructions on how to make a variety of garments for soldiers and hospital comforts for wounded men

Background imageComforts Collection: Sentinel knitting booklet, socks, WW1

Sentinel knitting booklet, socks, WW1
Front cover of the Sentinel Knitting Booklet published by Charles Sykes and Co, of St. Andrews Mills, Bradford during the First World War

Background imageComforts Collection: American Red Cross Womens Bureau WW1 knitting booklet

American Red Cross Womens Bureau WW1 knitting booklet
Front cover of The American Red Cross Womens Bureau instructions for knitting comforts for soldiers. Photograph features a very handsome young man dressed in a knitted balaclava with extended chest

Background imageComforts Collection: Knitted helmet, WW1 knitting, comforts for soldiers

Knitted helmet, WW1 knitting, comforts for soldiers
Photograph and pattern written by Marjory Tillotson for Baldwins yarn manufacturers, to make a knitted helmet with cap pieces - one of numerous comforts for soldiers suggested during the First World

Background imageComforts Collection: Man in Khaki WW1 sock knitting kit box and instructions

Man in Khaki WW1 sock knitting kit box and instructions
The Man in Khaki sock knitting kit, designed to make the knitting of socks for troops as simple and efficient as possible

Background imageComforts Collection: WW1 knitting - comic postcard, Naughty Netta

WW1 knitting - comic postcard, Naughty Netta
Naughty Nettas Knitting Knickers for the Seat of War. Humorous postcard inspired by the national effort of knitting comforts for soldiers during the First World War

Background imageComforts Collection: Boots - Comforts for Campaginers advertisement, WWI

Boots - Comforts for Campaginers advertisement, WWI
Advertisement for Boots the Chemists and their various suggestions for comforts - gifts to send to men fighting at the front during the First World War

Background imageComforts Collection: The War Budget - Christmas 1915

The War Budget - Christmas 1915
Front cover of The War Budget, Christmas 1915, showing a British soldier sitting in a trench next to a brazier as he opens a parcel of Christmas food sent from home. Date: 1915

Background imageComforts Collection: Old-Fashioned Country Cottages by Fougasse

Old-Fashioned Country Cottages by Fougasse
Sequential cartoon by Fougasse (Kenneth Cyril Bird) showing a man staying at a funny little country cottage only to find its comforts lacking to the point that he eventually makes his escape

Background imageComforts Collection: Advert for Dickins & Jones soldiers & sailors comforts 1914

Advert for Dickins & Jones soldiers & sailors comforts 1914
Selection of Christmas gifts for soldiers and sailors. 1914



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