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10.  HEMP MILITARY & CANVAS
 

"Rows of tents house the overflow of wounded on the grounds of Douglas Hospital in Washington, D.C.  By late 1864, the Federal capital and environs had 25 large hospitals, and beds for more than 21,000 patients."  The Civil War:  Tenting tonight.  Time Life Books. 1984.
TEXTILE ARTS MAGAZINE, 1942.  FOR THE WORLD WAR II WAR EFFORT, 71 HEMP MILLS WILL BE BUILT IN 1943, PRODUCING 150,000 TONS OF FIBER FOR ESSENTIAL MILITARY AND CIVILIAN CORDAGE.  [IN ONE YEAR!]

WORLD WAR II VETERAN HEMP HAD BEEN SHUT DOWN IN 1937, BUT HAD TO BE BROUGHT BACK AS A RESOURCE TO WIN A WAR.  WE ARE IN A STRUGGLE FOR OUR SURVIVAL AS A PLANET AND WE NEED HEMP, AND WE NEED IT NOW.
AND SEE:  HEMP FOR VICTORY (35 sec.).

Some military canvas in the museum collection (left), some of which may be from other fibers, includes a canteen cover, gas mask bag, signal flags and case, and pouch.  Other canvas items in the collection are a military  sleeping pack from 1935, a camera tripod case, boot leggings, an umbrella, shoes, ammo belts, and belts.

Photo: Bill Bridges  

More hemp museum canvas items include fire hose (center), New York City Railroad folding horse feed bucket (top left), folding army water bucket and desert water bags.

Photo: Bill Bridges

Post Card picture of U.S. Army, Company J. tents at Leon springs, Texas, September 9, 1916.  Canvas tents before the age of synthetics.

Hemp Museum postcard.


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