Shortly after the U.S. entered the First World War a popular American songster penned a little diddy that ran just so:
"-Though the Army is the clover
T'was the Navy brought them over
And the Navy will bring them back...".
Anticipating this roll in 1910, the far-seeing Department of the Navy ordered each and every American battleship to have within its arsenal at least one sewing machine, and a tar who was proficient at tailoring in order to make themselves worthy of the task. The attached article is illustrated with a photograph of this machine and the able-bodied seaman who served as the ship's costumer.
Read About the U.S. Navy Rail Guns of W.W. I
Click here to read about the shipments of chewing gum that were sent to the American Army of W.W. I.