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Fair Game, Ladies Take Aim At War

Discussion in 'The Ladies Tea' started by JPK Huson 1863, Apr 21, 2017.

  1. JPK Huson 1863

    JPK Huson 1863 Colonel Forum Host

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    With so many volunteers in residence during their run in cities they maintained their own post office, ( From NYPL's digital collection, this represents a volunteer at Brooklyn's 1864 Fair and is entitled ' Anything For Me? ' ) , Sanitary Commission Fairs raised over 25 million dollars for the benefit of wounded. That's around 370 million today ( I said around- art majors are a little soft on math ).


    You could be sick or wounded or both, as a soldier. Conditions so vile they remain legendary 150 years later made camps veritable cesspools of disease. In June, 1861 the newly formed Sanitary Commission declared war on an enemy which, they said, killed four men inside camps for every soldier killed in battle.

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    Using this because it is one of the only images indicating how these connected with what we know of ' fairs '- " Your True Weight " and other forms of entertainment were available beyond the famous exhibits.

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    Lavish? Goodness. Even by the standards of our Victorian ancestors- the same people who gave us mourning in the form of art-hair and teethofthedead as rings, Sanitary Fairs were a testament to over-the-top grandiosity. The public ate it up- and wounded soldiers lived.

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    “…….. the United States Sanitary Commission was a relief agency that took as its mission the supply of food, potable water, clean clothing, bandages, hospital equipment, bedding, writing supplies, and postage to soldiers in the Union Army. “
    http://bam150years.blogspot.com/2012/03/1864-brooklyn-sanitary-fair-part-1.html



    We've ' done ' the Sanitary Commission although no one could do it justice. Genius behind an outpouring of compassion like nothing comparable in our History were the plans to fund relieving suffering. There were quite a few fairs held in major, Northern cities. We see the most from Philadelphia's 1864 fair- a photographer having been employed as visual record keeper

    Brooklyn, New York's ( also ) 1864 Sanitary Fair caught my attention hugely. From the usual displays of industry to bake shops to games, incomprehensively the exhibit ' heavy machinery ' appears more in the nature of a packed and joyful ball room. Pretty awesome. In juxtaposition? Some of the most gloomy, for some reason headlining weavers the world has known. Love this stuff. And the funds rolled in.

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    I 'think ' this is Brooklyn's bake shop/display- more like a Ball Room
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    And this is " heavy machinery ", honest, not a gala.

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    Headliners- the Spinning Downings. Really do not mean to laugh but..... goodness.
    Edge of your seat stuff.

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    This is Philadelphia's children's display- unsure if it was by or about children?

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    NYPL, sketch depicting one of the stands at Brooklyn's Fair


    fl san fair brooklyn.JPG Brooklyn's location- guessing a little different today

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    They thought of everything- this is the nautical stand! It's Philadelphia's

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    Before the public- Sanitary Commission volunteers, Philadelphia. God Bless them.
     
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    Wonderful as usual :smile: Thanks for posting this!!!
     
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    I love the heading! Quite a 'hook', and women are great, aren't they? ':wink:
     
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    Oh, I think so!!! :D
     
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    Very interesting stuff, I would like to learn more about what when on at the home front
     
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    In that last photo, under the "Wilcox and Gibbs" sign (left hand of the picture)--are those sewing machines?
     
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    Hear hear! None of us would be here without them, on many levels.
     
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    So nice when we agree, @JohnW. :D:D
     
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    :wink: It takes two, as they say, @amweiner . Let's just say we're all great, 'cos we are :bounce::bounce::bounce:
     
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    I'm raising my coffee mug in salute, my friend! :smile:
     
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    HOLY chain stitch, Batman, you have a great eye!! Yes, indeed- Wilcox and Gibbs made some non-cumbersome machines you'd have to imagine ladies swooned over. I'm not hugely familiar with old sewing machines and failed miserably at using modern ( dratted things run after you, spitting thread! Found it as stressful as sprinting ahead of a locomotive. ) have had occasion to lug those things around? Besides being far less elegant, plastic and white, of all colors, modern machines are sure cumbersome.

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    1860. a Wilcox and Gibbs . Or a jigsaw. :giggle:
     
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    Nicely put! May occasionally have had to repress an impulse to strangle my husband (since Time began, cavewomen have had to come find the blasted mustard right there, in the fridge, dear, and no, I did not move your shovel ) but he is terrific. Apart from this tendency to put on uniforms and shoot at each other, most men are.
     
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    Hahaha JPK Huson 1863! Truer words have never been spoken :wink: Glad you've resisted the impulse, and I'm sure your husband is, too!
     
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    Oh, you're welcome! It was all such a massive undertaking it is difficult, conveying how huge. And a little baffling? At Bull Run it became clear everyone decided to hold a war but mostly forgot to bring bandaids- the few surgeons simply overwhelmed, hospitals nearly non existent compared to casualties and supplies pitiful. Crazy. What is baffling is how unprepared the armies remained, all those years- like the last disaster had not occurred. Civilian efforts like this sprang up out of nowhere, and swiftly- beyond the Sanitary Commission there was the Christian Commission, then various state groups and so many church and ladies groups it is impossible to name all of them.
     
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