Australian Soldier doll
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Vancouver Prisoners of War Branch: Maker Production date
1914-1918 Audio tour
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Each doll represents a soldier in uniform, from different nations of the allied forces. The dolls, also known as woollies, were made between 1914 and 1918 in the First World War by the Vancouver prisoner of war branch, the Canadian Red Cross. It was made as a fundraising toy for allied soldiers that were prisoners of war and was being sold for one Canadian dollar.
I see this doll as a great representation of creativity and a way of not only keeping up morale, but also maintaining a sense of normality for children living in such dire times as the First World War.
Audio recording by Leo Mitrakos (volunteer), Edinburgh
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