1960s Clothing

WAC Army Nurse Corps uniform 1960s green suit | S

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* Uniform does have some extra fabric in the darts/seams, to let out if needed—ask us for more details! *
Bust: measures 38” flat to fit up to 36” with room to move freely
Length: 25.5” from shoulder to hem in front
Back of neck to waist length: approx. 16”
Sleeve length: 10” long with 12.5” opening
Shoulder to shoulder: 14.5” from seam to seam
Waist: measures 26.5” flat, with room to move the button up to 1” further over on the waistband tab. Should fit 25-26” currently, and up to 27” if button is moved.
Hip: measures 39” flat to fit approx. 36-37” maximum
Skirt length: 28.5”
LABEL: US Army/WAC/ANC summer uniform—made by La Crosse Garment Mfg. Co.

This 2-piece, green and white striped cotton blend suit is a Women’s Army Corps (WAC) summer uniform, which belonged to a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps, and dates to sometime between 1958 (when this style of uniform was first issued) and the mid-1960s. The lightweight fabric is an unlined, and easy-care blend of cotton and polyester—a vast improvement over earlier WAC uniforms, from a practical point of view! The front-button, short-sleeved jacket or structured blouse has small shoulder pads, 2 curved patch pockets, green cord trim on the sleeve cuffed and notched collar, and removable, stud-type brass buttons with the US military insignia. Darts gently shape the waist, and the jacket is approximately hip-length. The matching 6-gore skirt is slightly flared from hips to hem, fastening with a metal side zipper and a button at the waistband.

We currently have 2 of the summer uniform suits, but only 1 of each hat. The other suit (item DR1290) is in excellent condition, and comes with the hats and other accessories. This suit is in very good condition, with 2 faint marks (see close-up photos). It does NOT come with the cap pictured. Please ask us, however, if you would like a special deal for purchasing both striped uniforms, with all of the accessories included—great for a costumer! Happy to combine shipping, also!

Some documentation for the uniform dating, and other info:

From “The Women’s Army Corps, 1945-1978” (published 1990) by Bettie J. Morden: “The first item in the women's green uniform ensemble was the Army green cord suit, issued in March 1959, in time for the summer season. It was a two-piece, green and white striped, cotton polyester suit accented by a dark green cord trim on collars and cuffs and on the garrison cap. The women's winter Army green service uniform, issued beginning 1 July 1960, consisted of a wool serge skirt, jacket, garrison cap and service hat…”

From the website of the WW2 US Medical Research Centre: “Corresponding Officer relative ranks (valid in the US Army) were obtained for members of the Army Nurse Corps. Nurses held the lowest Officer rank, equivalent to that of a Second Lieutenant.”

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