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Friday, 22 October 2010

Make Do and Mend

First Edition 1943, published by His Majesty's Stationery Office.

Foreword by Hugh Dalton, President of the Board of Trade:

"First, I would like to thank you all for the way in which you have accepted clothes rationing. You know how it has saved much-needed shipping space, man-power and materials, and so assisted our war effort.
The Board of Trade Make Do and Mend campaign is intended to help you to get the last possible ounce of wear out of your clothes and household things. This booklet is part of that campaign, and deals chiefly with clothes and household linen.
No doubt there are as many ways of patching or darning as there are of cooking potatoes. Even if we ran to several large volumes, we could not say all there is to say about storing, cleaning, pressing, destroying moths, mending and renovating clothes and household linen.
But the hints here will, I hope, prove useful. They have all been tested and approved by the Board of Trade Make Do and Mend Advisory Panel, a body of practical people, mostly women, for whose help in preparing this booklet I am most grateful."