Silver Thimble Fund. | Tulane University Special Collections
Name: Silver Thimble Fund.
Historical Note: H. E. Hope-Clarke of Wimbledon, England, created a successful fund-raising campaign during the first World War, asking women to donate their unwanted and damaged silver thimbles, trinkets, and jewelry for the purpose of aiding wounded soldiers. In the early 1920s, Miss Hope-Clarke moved to the United States, and lived in New Orleans, La., for several years. She befriended Martha Gilmore Robinson (1888-1981). Later, during World War II, Martha Gilmore Robinson was responsible for creating the Silver Thimble Fund of America, serving to give relief to wounded British and American soldiers. She held a number of fund-raising events in New Orleans, soliciting and collecting silver and gold jewelry and larger items like silver tea services, from both women and men, and set up a shop and headquarters at 622 Royal Street. Several of the local fund-raisers were held in Tulane University's Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, one of which featured a talk by author Lyle Saxon, in June 1941.
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