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  The Tradition of Antique Sock Machines
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Antique sock machines have proven their use and value to the world, society and our families since the early 1800s.



Their greatest use surfaced during times of war when Britain, the United States and other countries required military socks, mufflers, mittens and other warm attire for their soldiers.

During the war, wool socks proved to be the greatest necessity.  The demand for wool socks always exceeded the supply.

Women in every country knitted socks to support their soldiers.  However, hand knitters could not produce socks in proportion to the need.  As a result, the supply of wool socks dwindled to critical levels.

Agencies such as the American Red Cross and the Soldiers Wives' League rose to the challenge.

Antique sock machines were well established in society.  Thus, national and international Red Cross agencies purchased scores of antique sock machines and provided them free of charge to women, children and unlisted men.

Knitting sessions, commonly known as "tea knitting sessions" were quickly instituted.  Women of all ages, backgrounds and titles would assemble at large gathering halls to knit and pray day after day.

It was not uncommon for a knitting session to produce several hundred pairs of socks.



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