Item #17626 Let’s Play Sailors and W.R.N.S. Illustrations by Riley. World War II., Muriel King.
Let’s Play Sailors and W.R.N.S. Illustrations by Riley.
Let’s Play Sailors and W.R.N.S. Illustrations by Riley.
Let’s Play Sailors and W.R.N.S. Illustrations by Riley.

Let’s Play Sailors and W.R.N.S. Illustrations by Riley.

[London:]: Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd, [n.d., 1943]. First edition.This picture book portrays a group of jolly children in naval uniforms going through the routines of sailors (cleaning the deck of the ship, sleeping in hammocks, eating in the galley, shopping in a foreign port market, and even rescuing a "Golliwog" doll that fell overboard). Peter, Pip, and Tommy wear Royal Navy blues as they live the lives of sailors, while Jennifer and Judy are portrayed as members of the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS), popularly known as the Wrens. With sixteen color-printed illustrations, a title-page vignette, and illustrations on insides of both covers. Slight wear to edges and spine. Contemporary ink gift inscription to corner of title-page. Near fine. Color printed stiff paper wrappers with illustrations of children in naval uniforms. Quarto. 32 pp. Item #17626

The WRNS was formed during World War I, but was disbanded in 1919 before being revived in 1939 for World War II under the direction of Dame Vera Laughton Mathews. At its peak in 1944, there were 75,000 enlisted Wrens, who filled a wide variety of roles including transport plane pilots, weapons analysts, mechanics, engineers, and as staff at the Government Code and Cypher School, where both men and women worked to crack the German Enigma and Lorenz codes. The Wrens were one of several branches of women in the British armed forces, along with the Women’s Royal Air Force and the British Women’s Army Corps. Other nations had similar branches, including the WACs, WAVES, and the WASPs, the women’s branches of the United States Navy and Air Force, respectively. The Wrens remained active until their incorporation into the Royal Navy in 1993.

OCLC records four copies, one in Ireland (Trinity College), one in Australia (Monash University), and two in the U.K. (National Library of Scotland, University of Liverpool).

Price: $400.00

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