Covering the War

Victory Jacket

Maker Unknown
Circa 1942-1945
United States
IQSCM 2009.017.0003, Acquisition made possible by Robert & Ardis James Fund

This Is a V Home
Nebraska State Historical Society, O 4541-380

This jacket belonged to a patriotic American woman during World War II. On the back, the maker sewed on a “V” and “dot, dot, dot, dash”— the letter “V” in Morse Code and symbol for the country’s Victory campaign. To conserve products needed for military victory, the government instituted rationing and encouraged recycling and “Victory gardens.” The person who sewed the jacket made do with scraps in patriotic reds and blues.