VP Day Jumper : Miss L A Martin

Place Oceania: Australia, Victoria, Melbourne
Accession Number REL23911
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Plastic, Wool
Location Main Bld: World War 2 Gallery: Gallery 4: V Over Jap
Maker Martin, Lois Anne
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Sleeveless hand-knitted vest with a boat neck. The front of the vest is knitted in rib in broad horizontal stripes front, red at the top, white in the centre and royal blue at the bottom while the back is knitted entirely in pale blue. The front and back sections are sewn together down the sides in red wool glover's stitch. The vest is fastened on the left shoulder with one blue and one red button. Separate letters, knitted in white wool garter stitch, are appliqued across the front of the chest, on the red stripe, and read 'VP DAY'.

History / Summary

This vest was made by Miss Lois Anne Martin in anticipation of the Allied victory over the Japanese. She wore it once on VP Day, 15 August 1945, when she celebrated the event in Melbourne with her fellow workers from the Kodak factory at Abbotsford. Photographic evidence shows that Lois also pinned a bunch of red, white and blue ribbons to the front of the vest and applied the letters 'VP' to her face in lipstick.