"She's a W.O.W." V-neck shirt - Vintage red
Based on a historical poster recruiting women for the Women Ordnance Workers corps in WWII. See below for more historical information.
Printed on a super soft 4.2 ounce t-shirt from Next Level that features a long, flattering cut and a deep V. This shirt is light, thinner and much softer than a 100% cotton shirt. However, if you judge t-shirt quality based on weight and thickness, or simply prefer a thicker, heavier shirt, don't order this one. Instead, order the 100% cotton crew neck shirt. Click on the "See size chart" button below to view the measurements before you select your size. Based on the feedback from buyers, one of whom characterized it as more of a "feminine fit," you may want to order a size larger than you would if you were ordering a standard men's/unisex shirt.
Care: We recommend that these tri-blend shirts be hung to dry rather than placed in the dryer. This will prolong their life and minimize pilling.
If you have never worn a high-quality poly-cotton shirt before, you’ll want to read this first.
The history of the Women Ordnance Workers insignia
"In 1942, Westinghouse Company's War Production Coordinating Committee created a series of posters to encourage support for the war effort. One of these posters became the 'We Can Do It' poster. This image was based on a United Press International wire service photograph taken of Ann Arbor, Michigan, factory worker Geraldine Hoff who worked as a metal-stamping machine operator. In later years, this image would be associated with the Rosie the Riveter legend, however this image only appeared for a few weeks to Westinghouse employees in the Midwest in 1943. An Ordnance Department Women Ordnance Worker (WOW) bandana is clearly visible on her head. This image has largely replaced the Norman Rockwell's image of Rosie the Riveter. . . .
The "Rosie the Riveter" movement is credited with helping push the number of working women to 20,000,000 during four years of war, a 57 percent jump from 1940. About 300,000 women were employed in War Department activities in November 1943. The WOW bandanna became a well-known symbol of the 85,000 women who worked directly for the Ordnance Department. . . .
From an advertisement in the July-August 1943 issue of Army Ordnance:
"... and she wears the WOW bandanna. Water Repellent. Washable. Dust Proof. The "WOW" Bandanna, designed in accordance with U.S. Army specification, is an attractive, safe, and unifying head covering to identify Women Ordnance Workers. About 27" square, it is available either in Ordnance red with white Ordnance insignia, or in white with red Ordnance insignia. Every woman in your plant will want one--it's a "WOW" for morale! $3.75 per dozen, net F.O.B., New York. Manufactured under authorization from the Army Ordnance Department. We invite your inquiry. BRIAN FABRICS CORPORATION, 1441 BROADWAY, NEW YORK CITY."
Source: US Army
The history of the symbol
"The Shell and Flame (a.k.a. Flaming Bomb) has been used by European armies for several centuries before adoption by the U.S. Army. In fact, it is still used by many countries in Western Europe, i.e. the Grenadier Guards in Britain. The insignia represents not a bomb, but an iron hand grenade with a powder charge and a fuse which had to be lit before throwing.
The Shell and Flame is considered the oldest branch insignia in the U.S. Army. The use of the Shell and Flame by the Ordnance Branch dates back to 1832. It was also used by the Artillery Branch until 1834 when the Artillery branch adopted the crossed-cannons as its branch insignia.
The Shell and Flame continued to be used by a wide variety of Army organizations, not just the Ordnance branch, until 1851 when the new 1851 Uniform Regulations dictated the Ordnance Branch would be the sole users of the Shell and Flame."
Source: US Army
Our thanks to our regional editor, Larisa, for the tip on the W.O.W. women and for the photo.
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I bought this t-shirt for my daughter who like me is majoring in history in college and has a love of WWII . She absolutely loved the t-shirt
I love the color and how it looks! Next time however I won't get a v-necj because it's a little snug. Otherwise the shirt is exactly what I wanted!
Very comfortable and fits well. The neckline goes a bit deep but very good regardless
Ordered the She’s a Wow shirt and it’s awesome! Soft, great shade of red - not bright, but not totally muted- and the sizing is spot on for the women’s v-neck.
I love my "She's a Wow" Ladies T Shirt. Beautiful bright red color. Fits great. Have received several compliments on it. Great customer service. Highly recommend shopping at the History List!