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Maybe so they could be pulled over headgear/helmets/fire hood during a battle
Originally it was to tighten or loosen the neck area for warmth, etc. It was phased out in the 1950s or very early 60s I think.
 

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I don't recall army issue ones having a drawstring.
It was part of the original WW2 design and lasted into the 50s (maybe beginning of 60s) and so it’s the prototype of the modern Woolly Pully.
 

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I have been to the real Ernö Goldfinger’s Art Deco house in Hampstead (North London). Well worth a visit if you’re interested in that era and style.
Spending some of my youth in London, I began associating the likes of Trellick Tower with some pretty negative things. It was only after living in Asian city states where the same style was used for very expensive, well maintained condo type units inhabited by white collar hipsters that I began to be interested in that era and style. The Barbican remains the most interesting building to visit in London IMHO, as striking as Westminster Abbey and its Cloisters can be.
 

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Spending some of my youth in London, I began associating the likes of Trellick Tower with some pretty negative things. It was only after living in Asian city states where the same style was used for very expensive, well maintained condo type units inhabited by white collar hipsters that I began to be interested in that era and style. The Barbican remains the most interesting building to visit in London IMHO, as striking as Westminster Abbey and its Cloisters can be.
That’s a nice piece of synchronicity as I have just been reading reviews of the Isamu Noguchi exhibition at the Barbican with a view to booking. It’s a contrast to the Dubuffet ‘art brut’ earlier this year! I’m a regular at the art gallery and have been for many years. It’s an easy journey by train from my area of London. I also manage a property in nearby Clerkenwell and used to live in that area of London before I moved to suburbia.
 

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Maybe so they could be pulled over headgear/helmets/fire hood during a battle
I can understand a drawstring in the round neck because you can tighten it around your neck to suit your size but I dont see that working on the 'slash' neck.
Here is a drawstring that some squaddy has put in,this was common because people would get the neck stretched when washing (or hanging them up to dry).

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one reason that I am not too keen on the Woolly pully is because the heavy wool tends to stretch and you can end up with a mini dress.
 

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I can understand a drawstring in the round neck because you can tighten it around your neck to suit your size but I dont see that working on the 'slash' neck.
Here is a drawstring that some squaddy has put in,this was common because people would get the neck stretched when washing (or hanging them up to dry).

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one reason that I am not too keen on the Woolly pully is because the heavy wool tends to stretch and you can end up with a mini dress.
That does look like a very old WP because of the draw string of course, but also the colour which is more khaki than olive. I have been wearing Woolly Pullies continuously since 1977 and have never experienced the strengthening/lengthening effect you describe. They have - as I mentioned in an earlier post - a good natural stretch so that they can be pulled downwards over your extremities in cold hiking conditions for example - or to act as a fart absorber! 😄
 

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The new Friday Challenge is up (sorry it is not Wooly Pully !)

 

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It's a tiny little place called Beamsley close to Bolton Abbey/Ilkley where I live, no retail though it's just an HQ, the owner lives up here somewhere
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Was in that neck of the woods yesterday walking around Malham, with two of my mates. Had some food at the Craven Arms in Appletreewick.
 

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I’ve been to the Craven Arms - and have walked a lot around Malham!
 

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