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Civil Defense uniform skirt worn by Ann L. Adikes (1896–1956)

Object Name: Skirt
Date: 1942
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Medium: Wool, silk, metal
Dimensions: Overall: 3/4 x 23 x 28 in. ( 1.9 x 58.4 x 71.1 cm )
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: Medium blue wool New York Civil Defense Volunteer's uniform skirt; waistband buttons at the left side and closes with a zipper, pleat up the middle of the front; half of the back lined with black silk.
Credit Line: Gift of the Mayor's Committee
Object Number: 1946.89b
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This uniform was worn in New York City, 1942-1945, by a member of the Civilian Defense Volunteer Organization. After the sinking of thousands of tons of shipping near New York harbor and German radio's threat to target New York, Mayor La Guardia formed the Civil Defense. During the war more than 400,000 New Yorkers joined.