WWII A2 Flight Jacket with Blood Chits.
Uniform jacket, World War II. Worn by Charlestonian James Hagood Holcombe, U.S. Army Air Corps when he flew air-sea rescue missions in the China-Burma-India Theatre.
The jacket has silk inserts, called blood chits or identification or rescue flags, sewn into the lining with information printed in French, Thai, Lao, Chinese, Korean, Annamese and Japanese, along with his serial number. They state that the flyer is an American whose plane has crashed, he is an enemy of the Japanese, and that the American government will compensate anyone who rescues him and returns him safely to Allied military control. These served as survival tools for downed U. S. flyers.
The leather appliqué on the back shows an American flag in the upper left and a Chinese National flag in upper right. Blood chits without serial numbers were created by local artisans of various materials, including paper, cotton, silk, rayon and leather.
Lt. Col. Holcombe (1924-2009) flew a PBY in World War II, specializing in search and rescue. He flew one of the first planes to land in Japan to retrieve American POWs as well as being one of the first pilots to fly over the Himalayan Mountains.
TEXTILE TUESDAYS: Each Tuesday we post a piece from our textile collection. Some items have been on exhibit, some will eventually be shown in our new Historic Textiles Gallery and some may be just too fragile to display. We hope you enjoy our selection each week – do let us know if there’s something in particular you’d like to see on TEXTILE TUESDAY! #TextileTuesday
Well…apparently Justin and I won’t be using USPS pickup for our Etsy shops anymore. Someone walked onto our porch and tore open/stole several hundred dollars worth of orders that were waiting for our Mail Lady. If you’ve ordered from us this week, don’t worry we’re going to do our best to re-print and package replacements asap. This month has already been a financial strain for Justin and I so this whole situation is a nightmare on top of an already bad situation (our landlord being foreclosed on, water being shut off, car being towed as abandoned even though it was right in front of our house etc.). We’ll both be running sales on our shops this week with the coupon code “MAILSUX” for 15% off, in hopes that we can recoup some of the lost income. You can check out my shop here and Justin’s here, I feel sort of embarrassed asking for help but this month is really kicking our butts right now. If nothing else just positive vibes our way would be much appreciated. Much love, Joelle (and Justin)
This is awful. If you guys haven’t checked out Joelle and Justin’s stuff before, you should know they’re pretty rad. It saddens me to see two people running an independent business get ripped off by some thoughtless douche bags (and not just because they probably stole my hoodie I am excitedly waiting for). Please take a moment to check out their awesome prints, patches and clothing and help out!
Guys, no source for the Female Merit Badges? Really? Don’t play Mary Yaeger like that, she’s a baller.
Added a source link. Tumblr, you can redeem yourself by clicking through and educating yourself on her work and why it’s important. I expect essays in my ask box from all of you.
Less than 12 hours before I will be in Seattle, which means I could relax or I could make patches. Clearly printing patches is the only choice.
If you happen to run into me on tour, I will be selling these hand printed (on canvas) home sweet home grown patches. There’s only 32 of these little pieces of bad-assery, so get them while you can!
Things are happening over on the tour blog.