You are bidding on an Original Vintage World War Two United States Marine Corps Women's Reserve U.S.M.C.W.R. Enlisted Leather Shoulder Bag or Purse with Original Mirror in the built in pouch.This Bag is part of a larger grouping of Women's Marine Corps Items listed this week on Ebay so check my other listings for her Bell Crown Hat, Winter Service Uniform and Spare Purse Strap. This shoulder bag can be seen on page # 467 of Volume Two of the fine reference book "Dress for Duty America's Women in Uniform 1898-1973" by Jill Halcomb Smith. The bag has the original Leather shoulder strap in place and has several sections inside lined with light green cloth. The bag has some staining to the lining from makeup but overall the condition is good with the leather soft and supple and this would be a great additional to any Women's Marine Corps Collection.
The Marine Corps Women's Reserve was established in February 1943. Before World War II ended, a total of 23,145 officer and enlisted women reservists served in the Corps. Unlike their predecessors, women Marines in World War II performed over 200 military assignments. In addition to clerical work, their numbers included parachute riggers, mechanics, radio operators, map makers, motor transport support, and welders. By June 1944, women reservists made up 85 percent of the enlisted personnel
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