$20 MILLION WORTH OF SHOES CONTRACTED FOR ARMY & NAVY
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) One hundred years ago today, June 6, 1917, contracts for 750,000 additional pairs of shoes were awarded by the Philadelphia office of the quartermaster's department of the army assisted by the Committee on Supplies of the Council of National Defense*.
The Chicago Daily Tribune reported that the average price of a pair of shoes for the new army was $4.75.
The additional pairs brought the total number of pairs of shoes for the United States Army to 3,360,000 and 850,000 for the United States Navy. The total cost of all these shoes was $20,000,000.
The Chairman of the Committee on Supplies, Julius Rosenwald, estimated that $2 million had been saved through a plan followed by the committee in cooperation with army and navy officials.
*Council of National Defense (1916-1921) coordinated resources & industry in support of the war effort including coordination of transportation, industrial & farm production, financial support for the war & public morale.
"Shoes For Army Cost $20,00,000", The Chicago Daily Tribune, June 7, 1917.
Nebraska State Council of Defense
NARA Photo (1918)