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This is a WWII Army issue duffle bag that belonged to Edward Burns Shaw, Jr., who lived in Shelburne, Massachusetts. The top of the bag has metal grommets and a link and hook closure for secure transport. Soldiers stored all of their belongings in duffle bags when they were not living in barracks. They carried the duffles on their backs and stored them in trucks and trenches. This duffle is stenciled with Edward Shaw's name and identification number. A smaller knapsack of essentials (like water, instant coffee, sugar, mess cup, cigarettes, and poncho) could be carried once the soldier had set up camp.


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World War II Duffle Bag

date   c. 1940
process/materials   cotton
item type   Personal Items/Personal Artifacts
accession #   #M.30

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