Hand knitted wool socks. Air Force blue wool serviceman socks, size 10½.
Knitting for Victory was a home front activity during WWII. Knitting helped the morale of families who had loved ones in the services while keeping air crew warm at high altitudes. The November 24, 1941, cover story of LIFE magazine was titled, “How To Knit.” The article pointed out that hand-knitters were turning out garments for soldiers despite the fact that machine-knitting was more efficient. Knitting gave people at home a feeling of contributing to the war effort.