The blue denim uniform, dungarees, is the Bluejacket's [NAVY's bible]working uniform. In 1901 regulations authorized the first use of denim jumpers and trousers, and the 1913 regulations permitted the dungaree outfit to be used by both officers and enlisted with the prescribed hat of the day. Officer's engaged in aviation introduced the khaki uniform and eventually it was the accepted working uniform for officers. Chief Petty Officers were in time allowed to don the khaki work uniform.
|On these ww1 shots sailors wearing the early denim jumper...|
this shot, taken around 1918 in Florida ,shows a USN work party wearing the newly created "open front" jumper with removable brass buttons.It's a clear evolution from its forerunner ,allowing its wearer to take it off faster and making the dungarees more comfortable.Some of the earlier pull over example also present .......
|Between the 2 wars there's a certain lack of information,but this article from the 1941 US NAVY uniform regulations book ,tells a lot about the rules applied to denim work blues|
|From the same book the official denomination....|
|Father and son in blues.....|
|On the waterfront.....|
|A seafarer's favorit too..|
|Complete pre ww2 set of blues .dead stock.....|
|Early removable buttons,up to pre ww2,were made of black painted brass.....|
|For restrictions reasons surrounding the war effort,here is the second type ,a celluloid version.It appeared early during the war.....|
|This the 3rd type a non removable button ,same as the one used on the denim fly . This type was used at the end of WW2 up to the end of the Korean conflict and exhaustion of the produced stocks ......|
|Two of the known pocket designs.The right one being the more common ....|