Miniature rubber sandal made in Changi Prisoner of War Camp

Place Asia: Singapore, Changi
Accession Number RELAWM33843
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Raw latex
Maker Unknown
Place made Singapore: Changi, Singapore: Changi
Date made c 1944-1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Miniature raw latex sandal with a slight heel, cross over straps at the toe, and heel and instep straps. The moulding of the latex has produced a criss cross pattern on all surfaces. Marked in pale green paint on sole '3'.

History / Summary

A miniature type example of the raw latex sandals-shoes made in Changi Prisoner of War precinct on Singapore during the Second World War.

During their time as Prisoners of War (POW) between February 1942 and September 1945 at least 6,000 full size pairs of latex sandles and shoes were hand made for the use of the POWs. At the end of the war miniatures of their many improvised hand made 'cottage industry' products were produced to record the diversity of responses that were made during their imprisonment.

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